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Blinder Films' 'Striking Out' Set For UK Broadcast on New Premium Channel, 5Prime
18 Dec 2017 :
Both series of the Irish drama made by Blinder Films have been acquired from RTE via DCD Rights to be aired on Channel 5's new channel '5Prime' in January 2018.

5Prime, which is due to begin broadcasting on 16th January 2018, is dedicated to providing premium content to Channel 5 viewers and promises to deliver intelligent, high-quality programming and will feature a diverse range of shows.  James Brown, 5Primes’s channel manager has said, “As the home of Channel 5’s critically acclaimed premium content, 5Prime is a welcome and complimentary addition to the Channel 5 family of channels. Viewers can enjoy appointment-to-view programmes and special-themed evenings ranging from history to natural history, drama to documentary.”

The first series of Striking Out aired on RTÉ One in January 2017 and had a consolidated average of 576,100 viewers.  Series 2 in which Amy Huberman reprises her IFTA winning lead role is due to air from early 2018. Huberman stars as Dublin-based solicitor, Tara Rafferty, Rory Keenan (Peaky Blinders, War & Peace) as her former fiancé Eric and Neil Morrissey (The Night Manager, Line of Duty, Grantchester) as Tara's mentor and friend Senior Counsel Vincent Pike. Also returning are Tara's street smart and opinionated client-turned-assistant Ray Lamont (Emmet Byrne) and tech guru and private detective Meg Riley (Fiona O' Shaughnessy).

In the new second series Tara strikes back. Confidently now her own boss, morally challenging scenarios will test Tara and her team in their personal and professional lives. 

New actors joining the cast in the second series include Moe Dunford (Vikings), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Redwater), Charlotte Bradley (Veronica Guerin), Owen McDonnell (Dominion Creek, My Mother and Other Strangers), Adam Fergus (Clean Break) and Jane Brennan (Paula). 

In North America, the four-part Series 1 premiered as an Acorn TV Original Series on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2017, on streaming service Acorn TV and quickly became one of its most popular series of 2017. The Hollywood Reporter said, Huberman is excellent… both magnetic and relatable,” while TV Guide said, “Terrifically appealing heroine...a real charmer…a legal Grey's Anatomy…Irish delight.

Yvonne Donohoe, producer of Striking Out said “We’re delighted that the wealth of Irish talent involved in front of and behind the camera in Striking Out will be showcased across the UK in the new year. The whole Striking Out team worked very hard a put a lot of love into this series and I hope the 5Prime audience really enjoy it!”

DCD Rights have sold the series to Finnish broadcaster YLE, and also confirmed recently that SunDance TV Global have acquired multiple territories for the second season.

Striking Out is produced for RTÉ by Blinder Films with funding from the BAI Sound and Vision and international co-financing from DCD Rights and Acorn Media EnterprisesCreated by James Phelan the second series is written by Rob Heyland, Anna McPartlin and Mick Collins. The second series is directed by Lisa James Larsson and Simon Massey.

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