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Sunday 17 November 2019

More than 400,000 tuned in to Darklands opener

Dane Whyte O'Hara plays Damien Dunne in Darklands
Dane Whyte O'Hara plays Damien Dunne in Darklands

Ireland's fascination with crime continues, with more than 400,000 people tuning in to the first episode of Darklands.

The six-part series, which is set in Bray and centres on young MMA fighter Damien Dunne (16), has amassed thousands of fans since it aired last Monday.

According to Virgin Media, 409,000 people watched the opening episode on television and across all viewing platforms.

The drama was also the most watched programme on the Virgin Media Player last week and topped the time slot for the 15 to 44-year-old audience.

Bill Malone, director of content for Virgin Media, welcomed the show's impressive viewership.

"Darklands was one of four new Irish dramas announced by Virgin Media Television and it is great to see it being watched in such large numbers," he said.

Ambition

"We announced a slate of Irish drama and formats, produced locally, but with international ambition."

The new drama will premiere in the UK next month.

At the centre of Darklands is Damien (Dane Whyte O'Hara), a 16-year-old boy from a decent family with dreams of becoming an MMA star who finds himself drawn into gangland.

Writer/director Mark O'Connor draws heavily on his own experience growing up in Dublin obsessed with martial arts and, as a film-maker, researching and working in Dublin city.

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