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bestseller Filming for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding begins in West Cork

The ITV and Virgin Media production has taken over the streets of Drimoleague for a three-day shoot

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Filming begins for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding

Filming begins for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding

Filming begins for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding

The television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding has commenced filming in West Cork today.

The ITV and Virgin Media production has taken over the streets of Drimoleague for a three-day shoot, and locals have spotted the cast and crew hard at work in the Cork village.

A former pub turned art gallery in the town centre has been converted into a typical West Cork bar for the show – which the residents of Drimoleague are absolutely “delighted” about - and the crew have been outside from early this morning, according to local man Paul O’Brien.

Paul snapped some photos of the set and told CorkBeo: “The crew were very busy setting up and Kathy Burke, the director, was spotted earlier.

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“The premises where they are shooting was a pub that closed down a few years ago, it's been opened as art gallery, the Corner Gallery, and the interior is still a pub so it probably works very well for them.”

The four-part series takes place in the fictional town of Duneen and has been filming in Drimoleague and Skibereen in recent weeks.

Based on Graham Norton’s 2016 bestseller of the same name, Holding centers on Sergeant PJ Collins, who is called to solve the biggest crime in his career after the body of a long-lost local legend is found nearby.

Seargeant Collins will be played by Game of Thrones actor Conleth Hill, while Peaky Blinders’ Charlene McKenna will star as Evelyn Ross and Derry Girls actor Siobhan McSweeney is set to take the role of Bríd Riordan.

Speaking about the role, Siobhan – who is known for playing the hilarious Sister Michael in the Channel 4 comedy series – 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.”

The cast also includes Helen Behan (The Virtues), Amy Conroy (The South Westerlies), Olwen Fouéré (Beast), comedian Michael Fry, Demi Isaac Oviawe (The Young Offenders), and Bridget and Eamon’s Norma Sheahan and Eleanor Tiernan.

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