RTÉ\'s latest co-production lacks life. The problem is an uninteresting and uninspired local story that lacks the drama of the Water Charges or the Corib gas pipeline protests. A rural town is divided with the arrival of a Norwegian firm\'s plan to build wind turbines of the coast of Count Cork. The shows characters are not bad, but they are one dimensional, there might have been an opportunity for The South Westerlies to be something more that a series with a very blunt plot or they could have gone down the road of a lighthearted drama like ITV\'s Doc Martin. As a drama looking to explore local politics, national politics and international trade, it has no bite. The series is billed as a Comedy-Drama.
Time, a new prison drama from the BBC, has started filming in Liverpool. The three part series will star Sean Bean and Stephen Graham. The series is written by Jimmy McGovern for BBC ONE and produced by BBC Studios. The series follows two different men in the British penal system. Mark Hebden (Bean) is a teacher in prison for the death of a man in an accident. Eric Reid (Graham) is a prison officer working in a understaffed prison trying to protect and care for those in his charge.
Virgin Media Television has launched its 2020/2021 autumn and winter schedule today (28 August 2020). Much like RTÉ the COVID-19 restrictions have hampered any major announcements. With the retirement of Ivan Yeats in June VMTV have choosen Ciara Doherty to replace him on The Tonight Show and Tommy Bowe will replace Ciara on the Ireland AM couch. The Irish based Channel 5 drama will get its Irish Debut in September.
RTÉ's comedy vehicle for Amy Huberman had an average audience of 295,000 viewers over the course of its run according to an Freedom of Information (FoI) request seen by CCÉ. The series started of with 427,000 viewers and saw it fall to 212,000 by episode 5. The six part series also saw an average of 16,500 viewers on RTÉ ONE +1, with repeats the same week getting 108,000 viewers (7,500 on +1). The series was repeated a year later getting an average of just 26,000 viewers on RTÉ2, with the +1 getting 2,000 viewer on average across the six episode. The Second series of Finding Joy is due to air on RTÉ ONE later this year.
ITV have commissioned a new 6 part drama called Tenacity. Produced by Bad Wolf and Entertainment One, written by Peter A. Dowling and commissioned by Polly Hill for ITV. When a dead submariner is found on board Tenacity, a British nuclear submarine, disgraced military detective Lewis is sent to investigate. Soon she discovers that the dead submarine has been assassinated, but her in conflict with the crew.