Four-part TV series based on Graham Norton's debut novel to be shot in Ireland 3 months ago

Four-part TV series based on Graham Norton's debut novel to be shot in Ireland

A great cast and crew have been assembled for the project.

Graham Norton's debut novel Holding is to be adapted as a four-part series and will be filmed on location in Ireland.

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Conleth Hill (Dublin Murders, Game of Thrones) will star in the show as a Garda in the fictional village of Duneen in West Cork.

Described as "a gentle mountain of a man", Hill's character Sergeant PJ Collins hides from people and fills his days with comfort food and half-hearted police work.

However, when the body of long-lost local legend Tommy Burke is discovered, PJ is called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career and must finally connect with the village he has tried hard to avoid.

Holding will be directed by veteran actress Kathy Burke (Nil by Mouth) and written by Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan, with Screen Ireland on board as a producer.

Commenting on the news, Graham Norton said in a statement: “I am beyond excited to see the story and characters I created being brought to the screen. I love how the brilliant creative team have transformed my novel into something so rich and dramatic. West Cork is ready for its close-up!!”

Kathy Burke added: "A story of love, secrets and loss, Holding is a darkly comic tale which shrewdly observes the lives of its characters, each with frailties, complexities and pasts they’d rather keep hidden. The story is a murder mystery laced with dark comedy and centred around the minutiae of rural Irish life."

Holding will be filmed in Ireland this summer with details of further casting to be released closer to the start of production.

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