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kin-dred spirits Ciarán Hinds and Clare Dunne 'thrilled' with response to new RTÉ crime drama Kin

Dunne's character, Amanda, will feature heavily in the second episode

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Clare Dunne stars as money-laundering Amanda Kinsella in Kin

Clare Dunne stars as money-laundering Amanda Kinsella in Kin

Clare Dunne stars as money-laundering Amanda Kinsella in Kin

Kin stars Ciarán Hinds and Clare Dunne have spoken of their delight at the huge public response to the gritty new crime series. The series looks set to be a ratings hit for RTÉ.

I'm really thrilled because when you set up a show at the beginning, there's a lot of characters to introduce, there's a lot of dynamics to get going and that builds up through the storyline,” Hinds said on The Late Late Show. “I think it bodes very well for the story.”

Dunne revealed that her character, Amanda - who married into the crime family and launders their money - will feature heavily in the second episode.

“People are gripped, people are talking and I think that's the main thing. It's really grabbing people of all ages. That's what I love about it,” she told host Ryan Tubridy.

“I had to do a bit of research on how to launder money and I wasn’t very good at that,” she added.

Shot on location in Dublin last year, Kin tells the story of the Kinsellas, a Dublin family who become embroiled in a gangland war.

When a member of the Kinsella family is killed, they embark on a bloody gangland war with an international cartel.

The series features a big-name cast that also includes Aidan Gillen, Emmett Scanlan, and British actor Charlie Cox.

The high-stakes crime thriller is poised to find an international audience after already being sold to several streaming services including AMC in the US.

Over half a million people tuned into the first episode of the show last Sunday night.

“It was a particular hit with younger audiences, attracting a 50pc share of Adults 25-44,” according to an RTÉ spokesperson.

“A further 40,500 watched on RTÉ+1 and it has already had 17,000 streams on the RTÉ Player since it aired - proving that local drama is the best kind of drama.”

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