It’s Hol­ly­wood in the Glens

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT - By Lynne Kelle­her

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

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