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Saturday 30 August 2014

Why the mean streets of Dublin are just perfect for crime dramas

THE streets of Dublin's fair city are fast gaining the reputation as the perfect setting for bloody and brutal crime dramas.

Love/Hate kicked off the trend with its gritty mix of murder and gangland violence on Dublin's back streets.

Such was Love/Hate's popularity that its final episode last weekend -- in which show favourite Darren was shot in the head -- attracted close to one million viewers.

The BBC thriller Quirke, which stars Gabriel Byrne, is set in 1950s Ireland and is currently being shot in Dublin.

The series follows a pathologist at a Dublin city morgue as he tries to unearth the mystery behind sudden and suspicious deaths.

Another BBC drama, Ripper Street, was shot in around Island Bridge earlier this year.

The costume drama stars Irish actress Charlene McKenna and will focus on serial killer Jack The Ripper.

For 19 weeks, Clancy Barracks, which is situated between Heuston Station and the Phoenix Park, was knee-deep in corsets, petticoats and bodices as the famous story of the Ripper was retold.

Upcoming ITV thriller Life Of Crime is the latest criminal series to be filmed in our capital city. It stars Golden Globe-nominated actress Hayley Atwell.

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"Hayley loves being over here, we all do," Life Of Crime producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd told the Herald.

Most of the series was filmed in a red-bricked terraced house in Ranelagh and Emma said that when it comes to shooting films and TV series, Dublin is a great alternative to London.

"The great thing about shooting over here is that there are areas of Dublin that look quite similar to London," Emma explained, "but there's more space and it's very cost-effective."

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