It’s Hollywood in the Glens
A NEW Jackass-style gameshow shot in Antrim is the latest in a string of productions filmed in the county, which has become a mini-Hollywood.
The new Netflix show, called Flinch, was filmed at a flax mill in Ballyclare, north of Belfast, and has been described as a cross between Jackass and Total Wipeout. It airs this autumn.
The show stars comedians Seann Walsh, Desiree Burch and Lloyd Griffith. ‘The show is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland, where brave and foolish contestants gather to test their nerve against three fiendish games,’ said Netflix.
‘If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them, and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games.’ Jackass, the extreme stunt franchise, began on MTV in 2000 and was a huge TV hit, spawning a movie franchise.
However, it also faced criticism over kids attempting to copycat stunts. Co. Antrim transformed into a giant film set this year with A-listers like Liam Neeson spotted alongside Game Of Thrones stars walking the streets.
The Taken star was back home to shoot Normal People with Lesley Manville. The romantic drama was shot in locations which included Belfast.
Meanwhile, the new Superman prequel, Krypton, starring Ian McElhinney and Paula Malcolmson, was also filmed in the county. The TV series, made for E4, follows the story of the grandparents of the superhero.
The series was the first production to be shot in the new Belfast Harbour Studios.
The BBC has just wrapped filming the drama Mrs Wilson, starring Iain Glen, Fiona Shaw and Keeley Hawes.
CBBC’s children’s comedy Millie Inbetween, which explores the dilemmas facing children living ‘blended’ families has also just wrapped.
The county has also played host to the star-studded cast of The Fall in recent years. Most notably, it has become famous worldwide as the backdrop for epic TV drama Game Of Thrones.
host: Seann Walsh, seen here with Kate Silverton on Strictly Come Dancing