Hugely talented cast for TV adaptation of Graham Norton novel

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Hugely talented cast for TV adaptation of Graham Norton novel

Filming has begun for the television adaptation of Graham Norton’s debut novel Holding.

The production is being directed by British comedy star Kathy Burke and has a star-studded cast that includes Irish legend Brenda Fricker.

Pauline McLynn (Mrs Doyle in Father Ted) Siobhan McSweeney (Sister Michael in Derry Girls) and Demi Issac Oviawe (Linda in The Young Offenders) all star in the series which is being filmed in Co Cork.

Chat king Norton’s novel Holding was published in 2016 and it received glowing reviews from critics and fans.

It tells the story of a shy and introverted police officer who is forced into doing some serious work for the first time in his career after a local legend is found dead in the village.

As he speaks with the numerous characters of the village the police officer discovers hidden truths and secrets about the people he had avoided interacting with for years.

Game of Thrones star Conleth Hill plays the lead role of the policeman Sergeant PJ Collins.

Brenda Fricker plays a woman who has her own demons and secrets unearthed during the investigation.

She said: “I am ecstatic to be part of this wonderful production, in beautiful Skibbereen, and finally not to be playing a mother!

“Mrs Meany is a bit of a dark horse. She has had a dreadful life but has retained her values, her friendships and most of all her sense of humour, keep a sharp eye on her.”

Siobhan McSweeney plays a vulnerable villager who is also involved in the police investigation. She was full of positivity about the project and delighted to be back in her home county.

She said: “I cannot think of a better script in a better place with a better cast and crew. I’m in heaven being back in Cork.”