Bray-based Dark­lands se­ries to air next week

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MARY FOGARTY

BRAND new Ir­ish drama se­ries ‘Dark­lands’, which is set in Bray, will air on Vir­gin Me­dia One on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 7, at 9 p.m.

The six-part se­ries is set amidst a gang war in a small Ir­ish town and tells the story of Damien Dunne, a 16-yearold school­boy who dreams of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional MMA fighter.

Damien’s home life is trou­bled. His par­ents strug­gle to make ends meet, while his reck­less older brother Wes­ley has turned to a life of crime to help pro­vide for the fam­ily.

When a ma­jor drug deal goes wrong, Wes­ley goes miss­ing. Damien be­gins to feel the pres­sure to step up as a provider for his fam­ily.

Bobby ‘Butsy’ But­ler, Wes­ley’s best friend and a gang leader, takes Damien un­der his wing, promis­ing to help him find his brother, while at­tempt­ing to lure him into the gang.

To com­pli­cate mat­ters, Damien’s girl­friend Ni­cola is from the fam­ily of a ri­val gang across town. Her brother, Ja­son Kee­gan, is a vi­cious thug and the sworn en­emy of Butsy and his crew.

Un­der mount­ing pres­sure, and with Wes­ley still miss­ing, Damien starts to suc­cumb to Butsy’s of­fer of easy money and a dif­fer­ent kind of ca­reer, far away from the sport­ing fu­ture he was hop­ing for.

With the Kee­gan gang now gun­ning for him, and his MMA fu­ture on the brink of end­ing be­fore it’s re­ally be­gun, Damien must de­cide which life he’ll choose – the oc­tagon or the streets.

This is a story about the choices we make and the con­se­quences of those choices, which can some­times al­ter the course of our lives for­ever.

Cre­ated by Mark O’Con­nor, Dark­lands is his first tran­si­tion into tele­vi­sion, af­ter his Ir­ish block­buster Card­board Gang­sters, the most suc­cess­ful Ir­ish film of 2017.

A scene from Dark­lands.

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