The violent birth of modern Ireland… five-part drama serial about the emergence of a new state during one of the most disruptive and terrifying
periods in history.
The drama begins with the outbreak of World War One. As expectations of a short and glorious campaign are dashed, extremism comes to the fore as social stability – the very fabric of life – erodes. How do people react? Some prioritise family loyalties. Others take sides. Motivated by the noblest of ideals or opportunism, some take up arms, prepared to sacrifice everything for the dream of a better society. What is it like to be caught up in such chaotic and violent times? We see the tumultuous events through the eyes of men, women and children from Dublin, Galway, Belfast and London. There are winners and losers, loves and losses.
The star-studded cast includes: Brian Gleeson (The Bachelor Weekend) as Jimmy, who takes part in the notorious Battle of Mount Street Bridge; Charlie Murphy (Philomena) as Elizabeth, who tends to the injured regardless of allegiance; Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) as her mother Dolly; Ruth Bradley (Humans) as zealous Nationalist Frances, and Sarah Greene (Tony nominated for The Cripple of Inishmaan) as May, who faces difficult choices after falling pregnant to a British government official.
11 x 60'
A Zodiak Media Ireland and Touchpaper TV Production for RTÉ in co-production with Sundance TV Distributed by Zodiak Rights
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