Hailed as a “breath of fresh air” by its two lead actors, the daytime police drama Hope Street returns to our screens next week.
The Northern Ireland-based show returns for a second series after proving to be a hit with national and international audiences.
Set in the fictional seaside town of Port Divine and filmed in picturesque Donaghadee, the first series averaged 1.7 million viewers per episode.
Viewers can expect to learn the fate of Captain Finn O’Hare, played by Ciarán McMenamin, after a dramatic cliffhanger in the final episode of Season 1.
Fermanagh-born McMenamin said being on the series “revived” her love of acting, adding, “I’ve got the absolute ball.”
Speaking to reporters ahead of the series’ restart, along with other members of the cast, he was keen to shoot the film in his hometown of Northern Ireland.
“When you make something somewhere, the 1% of the audience there is usually the most important. So I was wondering what this would be like at home.
“But people are really rapping it because it’s kind of positive and it’s a new look here. increase.”
This is a purely homemade Northern Ireland series.Rachel Tucker
He and his on-screen wife Rachel Tucker, who plays Chauvin O’Hare, described the show as a “breath of fresh air”, adding that the Broadway star takes pride in the drama’s portrayal of Northern Irish humor. I got
she said: I’m really proud of that humor.
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“This is a purely homegrown Northern Irish series. It should be greatly celebrated.”
Executive producer Paul Marquez, who worked for Coronation Street and Brookside, described it as a returning drama, not a soap, and said before the show’s start, “I wanted to make something that wasn’t about serial killers and trouble.” I repeated the comment that
He told reporters that he wanted the program to be “a character piece where crimes are solved in every episode by a group of characters who want to spend time together.” Break in a little.
The Belfast-native producer is passionate about giving the local crew the opportunity to progress, with some who were trainees in series one being promoted to larger roles in the second series.
he said: They are smart and capable, and the little one doesn’t have to leave six counties to work in this industry, which makes him very happy. ”
The series will introduce new characters including Shameless actor Aaron McCusker as Clint Dunwoody, the return of Niamh McGrady as partner Nicole Devine, and Stephen Hagan as Constable Al Quinn.
The first episode of Series 2 will air on BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC iPlayer on 7 November at 7pm. The series will be available on BBC Daytime in the new year.
The program is a joint committee of BBC Daytime, BBC Northern Ireland and Britbox International and was produced with the support of Northern Ireland Screen.