Penny Dreadful, season 2: Air date, trailer and posters.

Not long after production on the second series of PENNY DREADFUL wraps, the new season will premier on Showtime and Sky Atlantic. Broadcast date is the US is May 3rd, 2015 at 10pm and the show will air in Ireland and the UK two days later on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

Here’s the latest trailer from the show: 

And here are seven new character posters:


Clean Break Concludes Principal Photography

Filming has concluded on the seven-week Dublin and Wexford shoot for Clean Break.

Written by Billy Roche (The Eclipse), Clean Break tells the story "of a community driven by love, greed, status and revenge" and is directed by Gillies MacKinnon (Behind the Lines) and Damien O'Donnell (East is East).

The Wexford-set series stars Adam Fergus as Frank Mallon, Aidan McArdle as Desmond Rane, Simone Kirby as Annette Rane, Damien Molony as Danny Quinn, Kelly Thornton as Corrina Mallon and Ned Dennehy as Noel Blake.

The series is produced for RTÉ by Octagon Films and 152 Productions and is due to broadcast in 2015.



Calvary Picks Up Awards in UK and US

With the awards season underway, Calvary has begun to deliver on its promise as a serious awards contender.

Having already picked up Best Film, Best Actor and Best Script at the Irish Film and Television Awards earlier this year, Brendan Gleeson scored a big win on Sunday night at the British Independent Film Awards:

Calvary also beat off stiff competition earlier in the week at the Boston Online Film Critics. Gleeson again won the Best Actor category, with John Michael McDonagh winning for Best Screenplay:



Love/Hate’ Secures European Netflix Deal

Following on from the recent ratings success of the Love/Hate season finale on RTÉ One (1,005,400 viewers with a 56% audience share), RTÉ has announced that ‘Love/Hate’ will now be streamed on Netflix in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment on behalf of RTÉ has secured the multi-year subscription video-on-demand deal with Netflix. The deal will result in all five seasons of the drama being dubbed into French and German, a first for the series.

The award-winning drama has already been sold to 30 countries, including the UK (where the first season has already aired on Channel 5), Norway, Australia, Middle East (including over 20 countries from India to Yemen), Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Brazil along with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon in the US.

Speaking about the deal, Jane Gogan, RTÉ’s Head of Television Drama, said: ‘This is fantastic news for RTÉ and Octagon Films. Our ambition has always been to make good drama for Irish audiences that can work internationally as well. After the excellent engagement with the most recent series of Love/Hate it's good to see international audiences looking for the show as well.’

’Love/Hate’ has just finished airing it’s fifth season on RTÉ One and is written by Stuart Carolan and directed by David Caffrey. The show stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Peter Coonan, Charlie Murphy, Killian Scott and Brian F.O’ Byrne with all the post production work being completed at Windmill Lane Pictures Post Production.

Source: IFTN


A Dangerous Fortune Wraps

A Dangerous Fortune has completed its ten week shoot. The two-part TV mini-series filmed in Ireland for Constanin TV. The mini-series is based on Ken Follett’s novel of the same name.

In his first lead role, Broadway actor Dominic Thorburn plays Hugh Pilaster, an only son left to try and save the Pilaster family from financial ruin after his father’s suicide. The film also stars Laura De Boer (Forgotten) and Jeanette Hain (The Reader).

Irish Heads of Department on the production include Line Producer Patrick O’Donoghue, Production Accoutant Rory McDermott, Production Designer Anna Rackard and Costume Designer Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh.

The production is employing over 140 Irish crew and spending close to €6 million in the Irish economy. 



Inspector Jury completes filming.

Inspector Jury has wrapped after four weeks filming in coastal locations around Wicklow and Dublin, with these locations doubling for Devon in the south of England.

The production is the latest in a series of Richard Jury mysteries, and is based on the novel by Martha Grimes.

Fritz Karl once again plays Richard Jury as he investigates the brutal murder of two children in the small village of Clerishaw. 

Irish crew on this production for German television include First AD Gail Munnelly, Production Designer Ray Ball and Costume Designer Maeve Patterson.

The feature-length show will broadcast on ZDF in 2015.



Showtime Renew “Penny Dreadful” for Second Season

Four episodes into Penny Dreadful‘s freshman run, Showtime has picked up a second season of the psychological thriller from James Bond writer John Logan, which weaves together classic horror origin stories.

Logan is already deep into the writing of the second season, whose order is for 10 episodes, up from the eight-episode Season 1. Logan will once again pen each episode. Penny Dreadful got off to an OK ratings start on May 11, drawing 872,000 in its debut airing and 1.44 million in its premiere night — that was below the Dexter finale-boosted debut of Ray Donovan but slightly higher than the premieres of Homeland and Masters Of Sex. But Penny Dreadful’s strength has been time-shifted viewing. The series, which had amassed 900,000 views for the first episode before the premiere — the biggest sneak preview ever for Showtime — has become the network’s most watched new show ever on Showtime on Demand, which has been around for 12 years, and on 4-year-old Showtime Anytime with over 3.6 million viewers on the two platforms through the third week of the season. “I think because it’s a genre show, it has done incredibly well in all the new ways you can watch, beyond any show we’d had before,” said Showtime Networks president David Nevins. He said the well-reviewed series was the result of his desire to “create a show that would have credibility with the (Comic-Con) audience” following the end of Dexter, which had done very well with that crowd, “but a show, which is a sophisticated drama that did well with critics and had psychological depth to it.” Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green, Penny Dreadful will go into production later this year and will again shoot on location in Dublin for a 2015 launch.

Outside of the U.S., Penny Dreadful debuted as the second-highest-rated launch for an original commission ever for Sky Atlantic. Additionally, CBS Consumer Products recently launched a Penny Dreadful line of merchandise.

Source: Deadline


Season 3 of Vikings begins filming in Wicklow

History has added cast to its first and only original series ‘Vikings’. It has been confirmed that British actor Ben Robson has landed a series regular role for Season 3 of the drama series. The first two seasons of ‘Vikings’ were shot in Co. Wicklow, with production in Luggala and Ashford Studios, and the third season will begin filming in Ireland at the beginning of June.

The series’ focus is on Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel, a fearless warrior and a family man who is hungry for war and eager to conquer new lands. In the new season, Ben Robson will play Kalf, the trusted second-in-command to Lagertha, played by Katheryn Winnick, who is Ragnar’s wife. The series also stars Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard and George Blagden.

‘Vikings’ is produced by World 2000 Entertainment, Take 5 Productions and MGM Television in association with Shaw Media and with funding from the Irish Film Board. The creator and writer of ‘Vikings’, Michael Hirst, executive produces the series with Morgan O’Sullivan, who were also the pair behind Showtime’s hit series ‘The Tudors’ (also shot in Ireland).

Approximately 400 Irish people were involved in the production of the first two seasons. A number of key Irish professionals were involved in the production of ‘Vikings’ including director Ciarán Donnelly, Joan Bergin and IFTA-winning production designer Tom Conroy.

In the USA, Season 2 has averaged 3.4 million total viewers, 1.7 million adults aged 25-54 and 1.5 million adults aged 18-49, making the series History Channel’s most popular show. Accountancy firm Mazars and Clancy & Associates was hired to raise €25m in Section 481 financing for the third series of ‘Vikings’.

‘Vikings’ Season 3 will premiere on the History Channel in 2015. 

Source: IFTN



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