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New TV crime drama starring Laois teenager set to begin tonight

This looks like it will be really, really good.

Back in August, Virgin Media, formerly TV3, announced their new schedule for the end of the year and in it, they unveiled a brand new crime drama: Darklands.

Cardboard Gangsters writer Mark O’Connor is behind Darklands, a new six-part series which will air on the broadcaster tonight at 9pm.

The show is set in Bray, Co Wicklow will explore how young teenagers get dragged into crime – with one of the key roles being played by Laois teenager Ryan Burke.

The 17-year-old from Ballybrittas, who has just began his Leaving Cert at Colaiste Iosagain, will play the part of ‘Keith Sheridan’ – the best friend of the main character Damien Dunne.

16-year-old Damien, played by Dane Whyte O’Hara, is an up and coming MMA fighter who gets dragged into the criminal world following the disappearance of his older brother Wesley.

Laois teenager Ryan plays his side-kick and speaking to LaoisToday, he explained how it all came about.

He said: “I started acting when I was around 9. I was very shy as a child so my parents signed me up to acting to try get me more out of myself.

“It was to get me talking to people really. But ever since then, I’ve had auditions for different things. I have an agent who rings me up when different auditions are on – and Darklands was the most recent thing that I auditioned for.

“The first month of my summer holidays from school had just started and I got a phone call for a call back. I did that and then two weeks later I got a call to say I had gotten the part.

“It was unreal news. It was deadly. I can’t wait to see it on TV now.

“I’ve done a few small bits here and there. I did a Bord Bia ad when I was in TY and I was in a music video before that as well as a Toyota.

“I was in a short film when I was nine but never anything like this. This is something that I have been dreaming of really though.”

Check out the promo video below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.