[Pictured above: Ciaran Hinds (playing Tom Sheridan) and Pom Boyd (playing Bernie Sheridan)]
First look images From BritBox comedy drama The Dry
London, 15th February: BritBox UK today released two images from original comedy-drama series The Dry, produced by Element Pictures, in association with Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and ITV Studios, in partnership with RTÉ.
The image features Roisin Gallagher (The Fall, Nowhere Special) as Shiv Sheridan who returns to Dublin after years of partying in London, sober and full of good intentions - but being back with her family makes staying on ‘the dry’ much harder than she expected. As Shiv tries to navigate this new phase of her life, so must her family...and they all have issues they don’t want to face.
[Pictured: Roisin Gallagher playing Shiv Sheridan]
Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nancy Harris (Our New Girl, Dates) and acclaimed director Paddy Breathnach (Viva, Rosie) are the team behind The Dry. Harris has created and written the 8 x 30 min scripts, with Breathnach directing all episodes in the Dublin set series, which debuts exclusively on BritBox UK in May.
On the origins of the series, writer Nancy Harris says, ‘I came up with the idea for The Dry over a couple of years, as like a lot of people, addiction has touched my life in different ways. However, every time I'd ever seen addiction represented on screen, it had always been in the most extreme way, such as somebody in rehab. I was interested in exploring the ordinary reality of being sober. And of finding the humour in suddenly having to navigate the emotional minefields and absurdities of family life- all while trying not to drink.’
The Dry also stars recent Oscar nominee Ciarán Hinds (Belfast, The Terror), Pom Boyd (Vanity Fair, Frank of Ireland), Siobhán Cullen (Origin, The Limehouse Golem), Moe Dunford (The Dig, Vikings) and newcomer Adam Richardson.
Emma Norton and Michael Dawson are Exec Producing for Element alongside company founders Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe and writer Nancy Harris. Element Pictures has offices in Dublin, London, and Belfast. The company recently brought the record-breaking adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People to the screen, and was behind Lenny Abrahamson’s internationally acclaimed films Room and The Little Stranger; as well as all of Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language films, The Favourite, The Lobster and The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, and upcoming production Poor Things.
ITV Studios is handling global distribution for The Dry.
About Element Pictures
Element Pictures is an award-winning film and drama production company run by Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe, with offices in Dublin, London and Belfast.
Previous television productions include Lenny Abrahamson’s award-winning series NORMAL PEOPLE (BBC Three / HULU), based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel; and co-production with Euston Films, THE DUBLIN MURDERS (BBC / Starz).
Current and upcoming television productions include the television adaptation of Sally Rooney’s debut literary sensation, CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS (BBC Three / HULU); and Shane Meadows’ period drama debut THE GALLOWS POLE (BBC / A24).
Previous film productions include all of Lenny Abrahamson’s films, including Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning ROOM, THE LITTLE STRANGER and Yorgos Lanthimos’ English language films THE LOBSTER (Jury Prize, Cannes), THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER and Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA winning THE FAVOURITE; as well as Sebastián Lelio’s DISOBEDIENCE and Paddy Breathnach’s ROSIE
Current film productions include Joanna Hogg’s THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER (BBC Films and A24, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Tilda Swinton; Sebastián Lelio’s THE WONDER (Netflix), with Florence Pugh; Yorgos Lanthimos’ POOR THINGS (Searchlight Pictures), starring Emma Stone; and Stephen William’s historical biopic CHEVALIER (Searchlight Pictures), starring Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Recent film releases include Phyllida Lloyd’s HERSELF, Sean Durkin’s THE NEST and Joanna Hogg’s THE SOUVENIR PART II (BBC Films and A24) which enjoyed its world premiere at Directors’ Fortnight 2021.
Element Pictures also runs a distribution company in Ireland as well as the Light House Cinema in Dublin and Pálás Cinema in Galway.
About BritBox UK
BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. The service brings the very best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one place for £5.99 per month in HD. British TV boxsets from All 4 and British films from Film 4 are also available. The service includes high quality factual and entertainment content from Channel 5 plus original British comedies from Comedy Central UK. BritBox features the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that will enable viewers to easily find programmes they know and discover new favourites via web, mobile, tablet, connected TVs and streaming devices including Fire TV, Apple TV, Freesat & Chromecast. Content on BritBox can be downloaded and viewed offline where rights allow.
About Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland
As the national agency for the Irish film, television drama, animation and documentary industry, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland is the creative partner to the sector, investing in talent, creativity and enterprise. We are inspired by original storytelling that will emotionally move audiences at home and abroad. Through a wide range of practical funding supports across development, production, distribution, promotion and skills development, Screen Ireland supports the sector at every stage. We support filmmakers in their creative pursuit to share valuable artistic, cultural and commercial stories on screen.
RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is Ireland's national public-service media organisation. RTÉ commissions a broad range of high-quality programming and content to meet the needs of multiple audiences. Further information can be found here: https://about.rte.ie/
About ITV Studios
ITV Studios is a creator, producer and distributor of world-leading programmes that people can’t get enough of. We connect millions of people every day and shape and reflect the world they live in, we are More Than TV.
ITV Studios is home to some of the best creative minds, crafting over 8,400 hours of original programming across 60 production labels. Our global footprint spans 13 countries including the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, The Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands and our global distribution business sells our catalogue of 46,000+ hours to broadcasters and platforms around the world.
ITV Studios is part of ITV PLC, which includes the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster.
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