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06th Dec 2019

RTÉ to start filming new six part Irish thriller in Co Clare next year

Keeley Ryan

RTÉ have announced a brand new domestic noir thriller that will start shooting in Co Clare next year.

The national broadcaster are joining forces with the BBC once again for the new series Smother, which will be shot in Lahinch in 2020, according to the Irish Sun 

The project – which has been written by Kate O’Riordan – is currently in pre-production, with casting due to be confirmed at a later date.

The six-part series will follow Val Ahern, whose husband Denis is found dead at the foot of a cliff near her home the morning after a family party.

She sets out to find out who may have been behind his brutal death, picking through the events of the night before and examining Denis’ relationships with his kids, step children and siblings.

However, the more she digs into the family’s secrets, the more she starts to realise how Denis’ controlling and manipulative ways had affected each of their family members in their own ways.

Will she manage to find out the truth about who killed her husband? And will her family be able to survive when the lies, secrets and hurt that have been buried for years come to light?

“RTÉ is delighted to work with Treasure Entertainment and BBC Studios to bring more Irish drama to Irish audiences. Working with international partners enables RTÉ to develop more projects with Irish producers, directors and writers,” Dermot Horan, Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions at RTÉ said.

“It also expands our drama slate and by being included in BBC’s international drama catalogue, it gives Irish projects a major global distribution platform to bring their talents to the world,” he continued.