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New Drama 'Father and Son' Premieres on RTE

29th Jun 2009

FATHER AND SON, a four part contemporary thriller starring an award winning cast, directed by Brian Kirk (My Boy Jack, Middletown) and written by Emmy award-winning Irish writer Frank Deasy (Prime Suspect:  The Final Act) premieres tonight, June 29th on RTÉ One at 9.30pm.

Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), John Kavanagh (The Tudors) and Flora Montgomery (When Brendan Met Trudy) star in this drama set in Manchester & Dublin which depicts the complexity of modern inner-city life where crime is now a global business, and where gun culture is an ever more entrenched part of everyday life.  The series filmed for 11 weeks on location in Dublin and Wicklow late last year.

Father and Son follows ex-criminal Michael O'Connor (Dougray Scott) who returns to Manchester from a quiet life in Ireland with his pregnant girlfriend Anna (Flora Montgomery) in order to save his teenage son Sean from prison and to redeem his own troubled past.

"Irish Film Board and RTÉ finance ensured this ITV series was made in Ireland, by Irish filmmakers, contributing €5m to the Irish economy." said Naoise Barry, Film Commissioner, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Executive Producer Andy Harries of Left Bank Pictures (The Queen, Prime Suspect), said: "Frank Deasy has created an amazing portrait of urban life which is researched meticulously. It's a surprising and stunningly original piece of writing. Brian Kirk is a director I have admired for a long time and he has a really brilliant partnership with producer, Michael Casey."

Produced by Left Bank Pictures (The Damned United) for ITV in association with RTÉ and co-produced by Ingenious Broadcasting and Octagon Films (RAW, Ondine), with the support of investment incentives for the Irish film industry provided by the Government of Ireland and the participation of Bord Scannan na hÉireann/Irish Film Board.

Father and Son will screen for the next four Monday evenings at 9.30pm on RTE One starting tonight.

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