Angeline Ball as Emer Berry and Wouter Hendrickx as Christian De Jong in Hidden Assets | PICTURE: Guillaume Van Laethem/Saffron Pictures/RTÉ/AcornTV
PARTS of Limerick city are set to be transformed into a movie-set later this month as a filming for a new tv drama takes place.
In association with Screen Ireland and Screen Flanders, RTÉ and AMC Networks’ Acorn TV have commissioned a new six-part Irish drama called Hidden Assets.
The Irish/ Belgian co-production which is currently filming in Shannon will be on location at several spots in Limerick city centre this month.
The series, due to air on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player this autumn, is written by Peter McKenna and Morna Regan and stars Angeline Ball along with Wouter Hendrickx, Simone Kirby and Peter Coonan.
The show is produced by Irish production company Saffron Moon and co-produced by leading Belgian producer Potemkino and Canada's Facet 4.
Cathy Belton, Michael Ironside, Charlie Carrick and Sophie Jo Wasson are also starring in the production which is being made in association with Screen Ireland and Screen Flanders, Belgium.
Hidden Assets is described as a story of ‘family, power and the corrosive effects of boundless greed’ and follows ‘a routine raid by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) that exposes a link between a wealthy Irish family, a stash of rough diamonds and a series of deadly bombings in Belgium’.
The story moves between the Mid-West of Ireland and Antwerp, the diamond capital of the world.
‘But nothing is as it seems, as by-the-book Belgian Chief Inspector Christian De Jong (Wouter Hendrickx) and CAB Detective Emer Berry (Angeline Ball) are thrown together in a heart-pounding race to halt a further horrifying terror attack in Antwerp’.
The thrilling series is directed by Emmy-nominated Thaddeus O'Sullivan and leading Belgian director Kadir Balci.
Eight weeks of filming in Belgium have just been completed and the production has now moved to the Mid-West.
Filming will take place at several locations in Limerick city centre and at a house on the North Circular Road this month.
Commenting on the arrival of the production to Limerick, Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager at Film in Limerick said: “We're delighted to have Saffron Moon choose the Mid-West to film their new series Hidden Assets. The production is one of several that are currently filming in the region and it’s fantastic to see the film & TV sector grow locally, providing jobs on set and economic benefit for local business.”
Since the establishment of Troy Studios the local authorities in the region have been working to position the Mid-West as an attractive destination for location and well as studio filming. "We are starting to see the results of this focus and we continue to work to make the region the most film-friendly in Ireland," said Mr Ryan.
Producer Siobhan Bourke said: “It’s great to bring the Hidden Assets production to Limerick and Clare and to have the support of the local councils and Film in Limerick to make it all a reality. We have assembled a wonderful crew and cast and can’t wait to share this series with audiences later in the year."
She added that filming the series in the Mid-West has brought a fresh dimension to the project. "We are used to seeing most shows filmed in Dublin and to have this filmed and set in Clare and Limerick city is really exciting. The production is going really well and we are delighted with the response and welcome we have received in the region.”
Shane Murphy, RTÉ Head of Drama added: "Thanks to the Trojan efforts of Saffron Moon while shooting the first eight weeks of Hidden Assets in Antwerp in the teeth of a pandemic, and also to additional funding from RTÉ and Screen Ireland, we now find ourselves in the happy position of having our wonderful cast and crew shooting the remainder of the series in Clare and Limerick. We're particularly pleased to shine a light on Limerick, which is undeservedly underrepresented in the world of scripted shows."
Hidden Assets will air on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player this autumn.
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