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New Irish comedy-drama series The Dry commissioned by BritBox UK; Element Pictures produce
16 Aug 2021 : News Desk
The Dry
British streaming platform BritBox UK has commissioned an original Irish comedy-drama series entitled The Dry, which is being produced by Element Pictures in association with Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland and ITV Studios, in partnership with RTÉ.

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nancy Harris (The Good Karma Hospital, Dates) and acclaimed director Paddy Breathnach (Viva, Rosie) are behind the eight-part series set in Dublin, which began shooting last Monday, and will debut exclusively on BritBox UK in 2022. 

“I’m over the moon to be working with Element Pictures, Paddy Breathnach and this spectacular cast of insanely talented Irish actors,” said screenwriter Nancy Harris. “It’s a dream collaboration and I can’t wait to bring the BritBox audience this family comedy-drama which pivots on the oxymoron of giving up drink in Ireland.”

Director Paddy Breathnach added: “I’m really delighted to be working with Element Pictures again and be part of bringing Nancy Harris’ extraordinary scripts to the screen. We have a truly brilliant cast of Irish actors on board and I can’t wait to get started.”

Starring Roisin Gallagher (The Fall, Nowhere Special), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Terror), Pom Boyd (Vanity Fair, Frank of Ireland), Siobhán Cullen (Origin, The Limehouse Golem), Moe Dunford (The Dig, Vikings) and newcomer Adam Richardson, The Dry celebrates the joyful chaos and dark absurdities of family life in a series that is all about recovery.

When Shiv Sheridan (Gallagher) returns to Dublin after years of partying in London, she is 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.

Emma Norton and Michael Dawson are executive producing for Element alongside company founders Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe and writer Nancy Harris.

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.

Will Harrison, Managing Director BritBox UK said: “We are delighted to be working with Element Pictures, Nancy, Paddy and the team to bring the Sheridans’ story to life, and are looking forward to sharing THE DRY with our subscribers next year.”

Producers, Element Pictures added: “In The Dry, Nancy Harris has created an irreverent, hilarious, and deeply moving story of addiction, recovery and fractured family relationships. We are thrilled to be working with Nancy, the inimitable Paddy Breathnach and our massively talented Irish cast and crew to bring the chaotic world of the Sheridan family to the BritBox audience.”

Andrew Byrne, Project Manager, Television, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland said: “We are delighted to support this emotional and powerful Irish TV drama from Element Pictures and the talented team behind The Dry. This is a great example of the calibre and scale of Irish story-telling and scripted series which are translating to audiences across the globe”.

Sam Atwell, Development Executive, RTÉ said: "We're very excited and proud to be collaborating with such a talented team in Element Pictures, Nancy Harris and Paddy Breathnach, and the wonderful cast of THE DRY to bring this heartfelt, mischievously funny, and emotionally impacting Irish story to the world."

ITV Studios will handle global distribution for The Dry.

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