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KINNING STREAK Assassinations, drugs and a brilliant cast as new RTE series Kin debuts tonight

Station bosses would love if I didn't compare Kin to Love/Hate but with a few familiar faces as well as the fact that both shows are set in the gritty Dublin crime scene, it will be hard not to.

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Aidan Gillen plays crime boss Frank Kinsella

Aidan Gillen plays crime boss Frank Kinsella

Aidan Gillen plays crime boss Frank Kinsella

Assassination attempts, casual drug use, punishment beatings, a brilliant cast and a juicy cliffhanger are on the cards for new RTE series Kin, which kicks off tonight.

It may not be perfect but it is proof that the national broadcaster has grown some balls and allowed a much more sinister view of Dublin be portrayed by a brilliant team in front and behind the cameras.

Station bosses would love if I didn't compare Kin to Love/Hate but with a few familiar faces as well as the fact that both shows are set in the gritty Dublin crime scene, it will be hard not to. Throw in Aidan Gillen starring in both as a crime boss and comparisons are inevitable.

But if you want to compare episode one of both shows they are light years apart.

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Clare Dunne in a scene from the show.

Clare Dunne in a scene from the show.

Clare Dunne in a scene from the show.

It is not all action in tonight's opening episode as show makers (special mention to director Diarmuid Goggins and writer Peter McKenna) try to introduce us to as many of the protagonists as they can without confusing the narrative.

There are lots of slow, long scenes that don't amount to much at first but as the show continues it becomes clear that each scene serves its purpose and the reward for sticking with those slow scenes is justified.

It would almost make you proud that we are capable of producing something of this calibre. Usually we have to rely on Sky Atlantic or Netflix for this quality.

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Emmet J Scanlan also stars

Emmet J Scanlan also stars

Emmet J Scanlan also stars

The acting is near-perfect from a well-cast bunch of actors that most of us would recognise from all walks of life (Hollyoaks to The Wire are represented here) and while the initial family tree may not be clear-cut, it soon falls into place as to who is who.

Charlie Cox stole every Boardwalk Empire scene he featured in and looks set to do similar here. Emmett J Scanlan is one of those actors who can turn his hand to anything, and Ciaran Hinds may not say much in tonight's opening episode, but you hang on his every syllable.

It is 2,499 days since one million Irish people tuned in to see Nidge murdered in the Love/Hate finale. That's a long time to wait to get our fix of homemade fictional crime drama.

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But by 10.30pm this evening when the closing credits roll, I genuinely think the wait will have been worth it.

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