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New Irish Drama The Liberties Compared To Peaky Blinders And Gangs Of New York

New Irish Drama The Liberties Compared To Peaky Blinders And Gangs Of New York

Forthcoming Irish TV drama The Liberties has been compared to the likes of Peaky Blinders and even classic Martin Scorsese flick Gangs of New York.

While you won't be seeing it on TV screens just yet, Greenhorn Films, in association with 925 Productions and Failsafe Films, has released a proof-of-concept teaser to gauge public reaction - and to see if they can drum up some backing to move things forward to the next stage.

Set in early 19th-century Dublin, The Liberties comes from Dublin-born filmmaker Brian Durnin, who co-wrote the series with Gary Duggan and Pierce Ryan.

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It follows three siblings - William, Mary and Pondersbury Kelly - as they explore their links to Dan Donnelly, a real-life professional boxer who helped pioneer the sport as the first Irish-born heavyweight champion.

Credit: Greenhorn Films
Credit: Greenhorn Films

The official synopsis for season one reads: "[Donnelly's] unlikely partnership with William leads to success that, again and again, neither man can hold onto for very long.

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"We are also introduced to Peg Plunkett, the most infamous madam of the era.

"In a male-dominated society, William's sister, Mary, becomes gradually affiliated with Peg's business in an effort to wrestle back some autonomy and power for herself."

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While it's still early days for the show, off the back of the teaser various media outlets are already putting it up there with several leading crime dramas.

Sick Chirpse said the teaser trailer 'kinda makes it look like a cross between Peaky Blinders and Gangs Of New York as a hyper stylised and violent 19th century saga'.

Credit: Greenhorn Films
Credit: Greenhorn Films
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Executive Producer Laura McNicholas said in a statement: "In developing The Liberties as a TV drama we are really interested in looking at a period of Irish history that is often overlooked.

"Dublin in 1815 is dealing with the aftermath of the 1798 rebellions - it has lost its parliament and is now the second city in the British Empire - we want to know how that feels.

"Boxer Dan Donnelly, the young lawyer and politician Daniel O'Connell, aristocrat siblings Captain William and Mary Kelly and self-made business-woman and madam Peg Plunkett drive the series which will roll out over three seasons.

"These characters will be present in each season and each season will focus on a different aspect of life in Dublin: Season 1) The Ballad of Handsome Dan, season 2) The Oldest Profession and season 3) The Great Emancipator."

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She added that the team were hoping to pitch the series to broadcasters and streamers, with a view to shooting in 2021.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]