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Set Report: Cast & Crew Of TV3’s First Scripted Series ‘Deception’ Talk To IFTN
02 Jan 2013 : By Eva Hall
'Deception' premiers on TV3 on Monday
The Galway housing estate in the middle of Spiddal looks like any other suburban residential area in Ireland. White-washed walls, drive ways with mid-size cars, modern décor in the interior, family photographs hung on shelves, and a number of amenities within walking distance.
The Galway housing estate in the middle of Spiddal looks like any other suburban residential area in Ireland. White-washed walls, drive ways with mid-size cars, modern décor in the interior, family photographs hung on shelves, and a number of amenities within walking distance.

The only difference with this housing estate to any other is that all the extras, from the cars in the driveway to the dishes in the kitchen, are all props, used as part of the set for TV3’s first scripted drama series ‘Deception’.

‘Deception’ filmed on location in the housing estate of An Móinear last summer. The estate, built during the boom time, only has a small number of residents in 2012, with many of the properties lying idle.

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This would be a very sensitive location with antiques, so I’d stay on the location for the whole time. We’ve to make sure we get out of here without wrecking the place! "

Situated just a stone’s throw away from the ‘Ros na Rún’ set, Tyrone Productions and EO Teilifis crews set up home in the area for four weeks. ‘Father Ted’ actor Jim Norton leads a strong Irish cast of Leigh Arnold (The Clinic), Conor Mullen (Rough Diamond), Nora-Jane Noone (Jack Taylor), Vincent Walsh (A Kiss For Jed) and Colm O’Maonlai (Eastenders).

The reality of the filming location reflects the storyline of the series, which will be told over six episodes when it premiers on TV3 on January 7.

Speaking from the set, Kris Edlund (Fifty Dead Men Walking), the only American actress on set, and the only American character, says she feels the pressure to do the storylines justice, as so many real people are living the harsh reality of the recession: “I feel a responsibility to make them real”.

Edlund’s character, a child psychologist, is a married mother of one, with Irish actor Colm O’Maonlai playing her husband. “In many ways I think the storyline has a lot to do with the housing estate itself, and the real estate market and the recession. And how families are affected by that and how they deal with that. When we’re all pushed to a certain place, we might handle our stresses differently,” added Edlund.

Each episode deals with a different family; a married couple with one son; a single mother (played by Cora Fenton); a property developer and his well-to-do wife (played by Conor Mullen and Leigh Arnold); a retired couple left bitter by the property collapse (Jim Norton); a young single woman, and young boy (Sam Smith) who has just completed his Leaving Cert.

Leigh Arnold says of the subject matter: “It’s something that people were looking for for a while. People love to look at what people’s lives are like, getting to know new characters, and I think everyone’s going to enjoy these people and hopefully they’ll want to see them again and again.”

Filming in a real house was comforting to many of the actors who are used to long hours on sets. “It’s easier to suspend your disbelief when you are working in a real house, you don’t have to look off the side, it feels a little more realistic to me,” said Edlund.

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People love to look at what people’s lives are like, getting to know new characters, and I think everyone’s going to enjoy these people and hopefully they’ll want to see them again and again "

Arnold and Mullen are the only cast members who do not live on the estate. They live in a plush mansion close by, which in real life is actually owned by a Spiddal family. Location manager Declan O’Toole, who has worked on a number of Irish and international co-productions such as ‘Ros na Rún’ and the Aidan Quinn-starrer ‘Stay’, said it can be more difficult to use someone’s real house for a location than anything else.

“[Negotiations] can be tough, but I suppose the good thing about us being local and having the ‘Ros na Rún’ background behind the crew, is that it’s not a fly by night, we’re here, we’re based in Spiddal, and people recognise us and know how we work. You have to have your battles with rates and stuff, but hopefully it will be grand and it will all be worthwhile,” said O’Toole.

“I would stay on set for the duration of the shoot, especially because this would be a very sensitive location with antiques, so I’d stay on the location for the whole time. We’ve to make sure we get out of here without wrecking the place!” he added.

The drama will air on TV3 on Monday, January 7 at 10pm. Elizabeth Gill and Anne McCabe directed, with Hugh Farley, Patricia Carroll and Maire Ni Thuathail producing.

The series six writers are Paul Walker (Stardust, Fair City); Lauren Mackenzie (Pure Mule, The Clinic); Len Collin (The Bill, Eastenders); Ted Gannon (Ballykissangel, Fair City); Christian O’Reilly (Inside I’m Dancing, On Home Ground) and Ailbhe Nic Giolla Bhríghde (Ros Na Rún).

Micheál Ó Dubháin (Riverdance) was the director of photography, Ronnie Quinlan (Ros Na Rún) and Padraig Ó Ceallaigh edited, and Mags Linnane was the production designer.


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