Graham Norton book adaptation completes filming in Co Cork

TV fans have got their first official look at Holding’s production, which has just been filmed in West Cork.

Production came to a close this week after a two-and-a-half-month shoot for the high-profile series adapted from Graham Norton’s novel. In recent days, the final scenes for the show were completed on location in Drimoleague and Castletownshend.

Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill, Oscar winner Brenda Fricker and Cork-born writer Karen Cogan were joined on set by representatives from Screen Ireland, who support the big series. A writer and actor, Cogan is co-creator, co-lead writer and executive producer of the series.

Siobhan McSweeney in the upcoming TV adaptation of Holding by Graham Norton.
Siobhan McSweeney in the upcoming TV adaptation of Holding by Graham Norton.

New footage from the production shows Hill as Garda Sergeant PJ Collins, one of the lead characters in the adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel, which is co-produced by Virgin Media Television and ITV.

Brenda Fricker – an Oscar winner for Jim Sheridan’s film, My Left Foot, also appears in the role of Lizzie Meany, a “shy presence” in PJ’s life who has battled her own demons.

The four-part series, directed by Kathy Burke, has been filmed here since late July and is set in the fictional village of Duneen. The high-profile cast also includes Siobhan McSweeney, Charlene McKenna, Helen Behan and Pauline McLynn.

The drama was produced by Martina Niland (Once, Sing Street) for Port Pictures in association with Screen Ireland.

Holding is an adaptation of Graham Norton's novel and will be shown on Virgin Media in Ireland and ITV.
Holding is an adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel and will be shown on Virgin Media in Ireland and ITV.

As production closed this week, representatives from Screen Ireland traveled to Holding’s West Cork set to launch a major new set of strategies to drive further growth of film and TV production in Ireland.

Building for a Creative Future 2024 was launched by Screen Ireland’s Chief Executive Désirée Finnegan and Susan Bergin, who were recently appointed chair of the agency’s board of directors.

Among the new plans announced is a €3 million investment in developing industry personnel and talent over the coming months to meet growing manufacturing demand in Ireland.

Two new national talent academies for film and TV drama and animation are being established to build regional talent and skills. A new scheme, Pathways, is being developed to allow people from different backgrounds to gain paid work experience in film and TV productions. A new public website, Where to Watch, will be launched in the coming weeks.

The Irish film and TV industry has seen continued growth this year, despite the impacts and challenges facing Covid. In the first six months of 2021, the industry contributed an estimated €289 million to the economy and directly supported more than 12,000 jobs.

“This strategy sets out our ambition for a creative future as we emerge from the pandemic,” said CEO Désirée Finnegan.

“Reaching record levels of production activity in Ireland this year is a remarkable achievement and demonstrates the dedication, dedication and resilience of the creative screen industry. Achieving sustainable growth requires a supportive policy environment and targeted funding initiatives.”

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