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AMster-gang Hit Irish gangland drama Kin is snapped up by Dutch TV station

The drama has been RTE's biggest success since Love/Hate


Jamie's funeral in the RTE series 'Kin'.

Jamie's funeral in the RTE series 'Kin'.

Jamie's funeral in the RTE series 'Kin'.

Public Broadcaster NPO in the Netherlands has signed up RTE gangland drama Kin, but it has not yet been confirmed when the Irish show will air on Dutch television.

The eight-part series debuted on RTE One in September and has also since been signed up by TV stations across the globe in America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Iberia, Latin America and the United Kindgom.

The show gave RTE One its best drama ratings in five years with more than 625,000 people tuning into the show each week. It has also set a record on RTE player boasting two million streams to date.


Charlie with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Michael’s brother Jimmy in the RTÉ drama.

Charlie with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Michael’s brother Jimmy in the RTÉ drama.

Charlie with Emmett Scanlan, who plays Michael’s brother Jimmy in the RTÉ drama.

Commenting on the new sale, David Davoli, BRON’s president of television, said: “The sale of KIN to NPO is a testament to the quality of our series, and its global reach. We are excited for Dutch audiences to experience a show that has electrified audiences in Ireland and in the US.”

Produced by Bron Studios and Headline Pictures in association with RTE, Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group and Creative Wealth Media, Kin follows a Dublin family embroiled in a gangland war after a member of their family is killed.

The series was written and co-created by Peter McKenna who also serves as showrunner and executive producer. Kin was co-created by Ciarán Donnelly and directed by Diarmuid Goggins and Tessa Hoffe.

The series has a star studded cast of actors such as Aidan Gillen, Emmett Scanlan, Charlie Cox, Clare Dunne, Ciaran Hinds, Sam Keeley and Maria Doyle.

Kin, which is one of RTE’s many forays into crime drama, has been compared to the real-life gangland war between the Hutch family and the Kinahan Family.

The feud began when Gary Hutch, nephew of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was murdered by the Kinahan cartel in Spain in 2015.

Although the series has been condemned by Joe Duffy and former Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke for what they say is glamorizing crime, the figures and the public reaction to the programme speaks for itself.

Fans have since called for a second series of the show. Taking to Twitter last week after the finale, they made compelling cases.

“Kin was utterly terrific. A truly gripping gangster tale. The Soprano's meets Love/Hate crossed with Peaky Blinders. Will the bonds of The Kinsellas rip apart? Did Amanda prove to be as dangerous as Frank predicted? Crush on the gorgeous @ClareEmmadunne. Season 2? #Kin,” one fan wrote.

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“Now that’s a f**king ending!! Kin was like sitting through the speeches at a wedding, could be entertaining but mostly boring but you stuck with it because you know the party will start very soon #kin #rtekin,” added another.

“Congrats to all involved in #rtekin proving once again we have the talent in this country to deliver world class drama.”

It has not yet been confirmed whether or not the show will be renewed for a second series.

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