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Blinder Films' 'Striking Out' Set for Second Season Return This Sunday
02 Jan 2018 : Nathan Griffin
The second season of ‘Striking Out’ is set to return to RTÉ this Sunday, January 7th. The show, which stars Amy Huberman will resume its primetime slot of 9:30pm on RTÉ One.

Season 2 will see Huberman reprise her IFTA winning lead role as Dublin-based solicitor, Tara Rafferty. The show will also see the return of 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.

The first series of Striking Out aired on RTÉ One in January 2017 and had a consolidated average of 576,100 viewers.  

Striking Out is produced for RTÉ by Yvonne Donohoe of 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 will be directed by Lisa James Larsson and Simon Massey. 

The Striking Out crew also includes:

Producer: Yvonne Donohoe
Executive Producer: Katie Holly
Series Creator: James Phelan
Writers: Rob Heyland, Anna McPartlin and Mick Collins
Directors: Lisa James Larsson and Simon Massey
Director of Photography: Frida Wendel
Costume Designer: Kathy Strachan
Casting Director: Maureen Hughes
Hair Designer: Martina McCarthy 
Make Up Designer: Denise Watson


Both seasons of the Irish drama made by Blinder Films have been acquired by Channel 5 from RTE via DCD Rights and will be aired on Channel 5's new channel '5Prime' in January 2018 following initial airing on RTÉ.

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 and put a lot of love into this series and I hope the 5Prime audience really enjoy it!”

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

‘Striking Out’ will air Sunday, January 7th at 9:30pm on RTÉ One.

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