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Third BBC drama to be filmed in Ireland

UK television is to spend €13 million in Ireland in the first quarter of the year.

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A NEW BBC programme is to film on location in Dublin later this year, bringing UK television drama’s spend in Ireland in 2012 to €13 million.

The third BBC drama to use Ireland as a location this year, filming for Loving Miss Hatto will begin this coming April. Directed by the award-winning Aisling Walsh, the series has an Irish budget of about €2 million.

Two other major dramas – Ripper and Vexed – will also be filmed in Ireland, it was announced earlier this month.

The announcement was welcomed by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan. He said the investments were due to the new Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) International Production Fund and a UK trade mission organised last yera.

The film and television continues to deliver employment,  creating opportunities for Irish creative talent. This [production] will  provide employment for 70 Irish crew, 30 cast and 200 extras.”

Loving Miss Hatto will be produced by Octagon Films (the people behind The Tudors and Raw) and Left Bank Films. Financing from the IFB will be provided.

There will also be Irish creative talent working on the major TV drama, including recent IFTA winner Anna Rackard (Stella Days) as production designer and costume designer Alison Byrne (When Harvey Met Bob, The Take) .

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