The creators of Love/Hate are bringing a brand new drama to RTÉ this summer 4 years ago

The creators of Love/Hate are bringing a brand new drama to RTÉ this summer

The series is set for the small screen sometime in August.

Spiral Pictures, the production company behind Love/Hate, announced on Monday that the creation of a brand new crime drama for RTÉ is in the works and is set to roll into production later this week.


Filming began on the programme, which has a working title of Taken Down, on Monday and is set to feature on the national broadcaster in August.

Spiral Pictures' Stuart Carolan (writer/executive producer), Suzanne McAuley (executive producer) and David Caffrey (director) head up the team, and are joined by best-selling novelist Jo Spain to bring the series to both national and international audiences.

This isn't the first time Caffrey has worked with members of the Love/Hate cast. The Greystones native directed Love/Hate alums Charlie Murphy and Aidan Gillen in the last season of the critically-acclaimed Peaky Blinders.

Murphy played the IFTA-winning role of Siobhan in five seasons of Love/Hate, Ann Gallagher in the acclaimed Happy Valley and one of four female lead characters in RTÉ's 1916 drama Rebellion.


The highly topical new show is based around Detective Jen Rooney (Lynn Rafferty), who investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre, where refugees wait for political asylum.

The cast includes Aissa Maiga (Anything for Alice, Bianco e Nero), Brian Gleeson (Resistance, Phantom Thread),  Lynn Rafferty (Love/Hate), Orla Fitzgerald (The Young Offenders,) Jimmy Smallhorne (Love/Hate, Clean Break), Barry Ward (End of The F*cking World, The Fall,), Enoch Frost (Skyfall, The Desert) and Slimane Dazi (A Prophet, Rengaine).

The shoot begins on Monday 25 June, and the cast and crew will film for 10 weeks at various locations across Dublin before the show airs on RTÉ sometime in August.

“This new series from Spiral Pictures has the promise of something special," says Jane Gogan, Head of Drama at RTÉ.


"The story of Taken Down brings us into a world where opportunism meets the forces of Irish and globalised crime. This story is very much of the moment and I'm looking forward to introducing Taken Down to RTÉ's audiences."