Coastal town of Co Down to be featured in new TV series


A coastal town of Co Down is set to be featured across the world in a new crime drama to be broadcast by the BBC.

ope Street is set in the fictional town of Port Devine, shot in Donaghadee, on the shores of the Irish Sea.

The weekly drama will focus on the city’s police department and the mysterious arrival of English detective agent Leila Hussain, played by Amara Karan (The Night of), the first Muslim policeman in the city’s history.

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Niamh O’Hare (ELLIE LAVERY), Shay O’Hare (LOUIS McCARTNEY), Siobhan O’Hare (RACHEL TUCKER), Finn O’Hare (CIARÁN McMENAMIN), Leila Hussain (AMARA KARAN), Clint Dunwoody (AARON McCUSKER), Nicole Devine (NIAMH McGRADY), Barry Pettigrew (DES McALEER), Marlene Pettigrew (KERRI QUINN), Callum McCarthy (NIALL WRIGHT) – (C) Long Story TV – Photographer: Christopher Barr

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Niamh O’Hare (ELLIE LAVERY), Shay O’Hare (LOUIS McCARTNEY), Siobhan O’Hare (RACHEL TUCKER), Finn O’Hare (CIARÁN McMENAMIN), Leila Hussain (AMARA KARAN), Clint Dunwoody (AARON McCUSKER), Nicole Devine (NIAMH McGRADY), Barry Pettigrew (DES McALEER), Marlene Pettigrew (KERRI QUINN), Callum McCarthy (NIALL WRIGHT) – (C) Long Story TV – Photographer: Christopher Barr

However, while each episode features a crime story, it also aims to chronicle the lives of characters living in the tight-knit community and a taste of the local sense of humor and distinctive colloquialisms.

Those behind the 10-part series say they hope it becomes a new comeback series, allowing the cast and crew to gain experience in Northern Ireland.

The cast also includes Co Fermanagh-born Ciaran McMenamin as Duty Inspector Finn O’Hare, who knows the real reason Hussain was transferred, but has custody for him, and the road star. Rachel Tucker as his ex-wife Siobhan O’Hare.

McMenamin said he was drawn to the role of “representing modern Northern Irish people without looking at them only through the window of our past”.

He also revealed that the cast had a Northern Ireland Police Service coordinator “on set at all times to keep us on our toes with all things cop.”

Executive producer Paul Marquess has said he wants Hope Street to become a long-running drama series – set in and around Northern Ireland.

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(left to right) Eddie Doyle, BBC NI TV Command Manager, Donna Wiffen, Long Story TV Executive Producer, Paul Marquess, Long Story TV Executive Producer, Andrew Reid, Production Manager, Northern Ireland Screen


(left to right) Eddie Doyle, BBC NI TV Command Manager, Donna Wiffen, Long Story TV Executive Producer, Paul Marquess, Long Story TV Executive Producer, Andrew Reid, Production Manager, Northern Ireland Screen

(left to right) Eddie Doyle, BBC NI TV Command Manager, Donna Wiffen, Long Story TV Executive Producer, Paul Marquess, Long Story TV Executive Producer, Andrew Reid, Production Manager, Northern Ireland Screen

“From the start, we were determined that the show wasn’t about the Troubles or the serial killers, but that it captured the warmth, good humor and resilience of the people of Northern Ireland,” he said. -he declares.

“We’ve assembled a terrific writing team and a stellar (almost entirely) local cast as well as a highly skilled crew – and we hope the series will make you laugh and shed a few tears.”

The series was produced with support from the Northern Ireland Screen.

Hope Street is a co-commission between BritBox North America, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Daytime.

The first episode will air on BBC One NI on Wednesday, November 24 at 7 p.m. and in the New Year on BBC Daytime and Britbox North America.


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