Tommy Tiernan has been cast in a new Channel 4 comedy series focusing on The Troubles in Nothern Ireland.
The comedian will play the father of the main character Erin Quinn (played by Saoirse Monica Jackson).
Set in the early 90s, Erin is used to seeing her country on the nightly news and speaking in acronyms (The IRA, The UDA, The RUC).
It is set in a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it’s also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, MJ and Lisa Marie, Doc Martens, bomber jackets, The X Files, Nirvana and Wayne’s World. And while The Troubles may hang over her home town, Erin has troubles of her own.
The writer of the show, Lisa McGee grew up in Derry and is drawing on her own experiences to create the show.
She said: “I’m delighted to be able to tell the stories of real people living through The Troubles. And now, with the delicate political ecosystem of the country about to be tested by The Conservatives and The DUP, it seems well worth reminding ourselves how things were not so long ago, and what better way to do that than through comedy?”
The show is filled with Irish talent with red rocks Ian McElhinney also starring, as well as Tara Lynne O’Neill, Siobhan McSweeney and Kathy Kiera Clarke.
Though it has not yet been announced when the show will air, we can’t wait to check it out.