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Thursday 17 April 2014

Wait goes on for our answer to The Wire

Viewers eager to see what's being called the Irish version of The Wire will have to wait months longer.

Drama series The Guards, our equivalent of the day-to-day goings on of Detective McNulty and his police cohorts in Baltimore, is tipped to be one of the biggest shows of the year.

It was originally lined up for a two-episode stint on TV3, but was extended by six extra shows in January, and rumours emerged that the programme would receive a regular primetime slot.

But viewers won't be getting a taste of the crime drama until later in the summer. TV3 said the programme had been delayed until later in the summer. "These things always happen, Ben [Frow] just thought it would be better suited somewhere else," said a spokesperson referring the station's director of programming.

"He decided it would be better later in the year, there is no particular reason."

Director Graham Cantwell said that The Guards was a gritty portrayal of the day-to-day work of gardai in Ireland. "It's not as procedural as CSI, it's more realistic, like The Wire or The Shield. It's a drama, it focuses on the individual gardai," he said.

It is set in the fictional Ballycore Garda Station and the characters are being described as "young, stubborn and impulsive" and a "lethal combination".

The show centres around up-and-coming actor Emmet Scanlan who plays Garda Diarmuid O'Briain.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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