Virgin Media nabs crime drama Darklands
James R | On 20, Nov 2019
Virgin Media is adding new crime drama Darklands to its UHD TV line-up.
The Dublin-based series depicts the stark reality of how a 16-year-old aspiring MMA fighter, Damien Dunne (Dane Whyte O’Hara), is dragged into a cacophony of violence, drugs and vengeance-driven family feuds after his eldest brother disappears.
The drama follows Damien as he grapples with the appeal of crime’s financial benefits desperately needed by his family and the dangerous consequences of his choices.
The perturbing naturalism of Darklands derives in large part from co-writer Adam Coates’ very own family history. Coates’ brother was the late Shane Coates, a member of notorious west Dublin gang, The Westies, and the writing is influenced by his experiences growing up and the effect his brother’s life had on their family. Creator Mark O’Connor also brings his years of research into gang violence and organised crime to the unflinching portrayal of what a life muddied by drugs and crime can do to individuals and communities.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media says: “Darklands is a thrilling addition to our UHD line up. Its gritty, raw storyline will hook viewers and keep them wanting more. The series packs drama, danger and emotion, offering tension and action in equal measure.”
Season 1 of Darklands comprises six episodes and is available to all Virgin Media customers with TV services in the UK. It will premiere on Virgin TV Ultra HD (channel 999) at 9pm on Monday 25th November, with new episodes airing every week and then available on-demand.