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16th Nov 2023

RTÉ’s Kin to make its UK debut in prime-time BBC slot

Simon Kelly


The future of the show is still up in the air.

Hit Irish crime drama Kin is getting its UK debut shortly, as the show is set to premiere on the BBC on Saturday evenings.

Taking the enviable prime-time Saturday slot at 9:35pm on BBC One, UK audiences will be introduced to the Irish cast this Saturday, November 18.

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, said of the show: “Anchored by a tremendous cast, Kin is a powerful and intense story of love, grief, family and crime, and its devastating ramifications.”

Jennifer Ebell, Executive Vice President of Europe, Middle East and Africa Sales and Acquisitions at Fifth Season, added: “Kin aired in Ireland to critical acclaim and has generated record-breaking ratings across both linear and on-demand.

“The series has clocked up more than four million lifetime streams in Ireland, with the second season averaging a 40% audience share in its Sunday-night slot and its finale becoming the most-viewed programme of the year outside of sport. We’re thrilled that Kin has found its UK home with the BBC.”


Future of Kin still in doubt

Written and created by Peter McKenna and co-created by Ciarán Donnelly, Kin debuted in 2021 and soon racked up a large fan base in Ireland. The second season released earlier this year.

The show focuses on the Kinsella crime family in Dublin and stars Aiden Gillen, Charlie Cox and Ciarán Hinds, supported by a host of great performances from the likes of Clare Dunne, Yasmin Seky and Emmett Scanlan.

Earlier in the year, it was reported that Bron Studios, the production company behind the show, had declared bankruptcy, putting the future of the crime drama in major doubt.

RTÉ later provided an update, saying they would “very much like KIN to return” and that they “continue to work with our international partners to make it happen.”

“We hope to have a further update in relation to season 3 in the coming months.”

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