Chat Show host Graham Norton’s novel, ‘Holding’, is being made into a TV series and the full trailer has been revealed this week.
‘Holding’, a murder mystery set in Graham’s native County Cork, was his first novel published back in 2016. Since then, he has penned three more books but ‘Holding’ is the first to be adapted for the screen.
The series was filmed in West Cork mainly in Drimoleague and Castletownshend and has a star-studded Irish cast including, Game Of Thrones’ Conleth Hill, Siobhán McSweeney of Derry Girls fame, My Left Foot star Brenda Fricker, Bloodlands’ Charlene McKenna, and Graham’s former Father Ted co-star Pauline McLynn.
Graham is thrilled about the adaption saying, “I am beyond excited to see the story and characters I created being brought to the screen. I love how the brilliant creative team have transformed my novel into something so rich and dramatic. West Cork is ready for its close-up!”
The show will be coming to ITV for four episodes in March.
Set in the remote village of Duneen, Holding follows Sergeant PJ Collins, mother of two Brid Riordan, and elegant Evelyn Ross as they find themselves caught up in a mysterious murder. While the plot might sound grim, funny man Graham managed to bring the laughs even during a murder investigation.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan have been adapting the novel. Both are overjoyed to be apart of the project with Dominic saying, “It’s so exciting to be able to bring Graham’s beautiful novel to the screen with the creative powerhouses that are Kathy Burke and Karen Cogan, with the brilliant Martina Niland producing.
To be writing my first scripts alongside Karen and to film with Conleth and such a talented Irish cast and crew in West Cork — where my father was from and my family still are — makes this even more special.”
Words by Slaine McKenna