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Irish crime drama series Darklands to air on Virgin Media One this October
26 Sep 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Darklands starts on Virgin Media One at 9pm
Virgin Media Television has announced the TX Date for Darklands, a brand new six part Irish crime drama series will air on Monday 7th October at 9pm on Virgin Media One.

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.

The show stars Charleigh Bailey, Damian Gildea, Dane Whyte O’Hara, Charlotte Bradley, Tristan Heanue, Judith Roddy, Thommas Kane-Byrne, Aisling Kearns and Luke McQuillan.

The series is set amidst a gang war in a small Irish town and tells the story of Damien Dunne (O’Hara), a 16-year-old boy still in school, 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 (Gildea) 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 (Kane-Byrne), 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 (Kearns) is from the family of a rival gang across town. Her brother is a vicious thug - Jason Keegan – and all are sworn enemies 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?

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

This series is produced by Parallel Films and Stalker Films for Virgin Media Television in association with Freemantle Media, Screen Ireland and the Broadcast Authority of Ireland.

Tune in to Virgin Media One on Monday 7th October at 9pm to watch Darklands .

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