RTÉ premiered a new series on Sunday night that has been hyped as the biggest show that the National Broadcaster has had since ‘Love/Hate’.
The comparisons are there because ‘Taken Down’ is written by Love/Hate’s Stuart Carolan and Irish Crime Novelist Jo Spain.
As well as this, a few of the characters from the show that created ‘Nidge’, ‘Darren’ and ‘Tommy’, feature in the new series that aired at 9:30pm on 4th November.
Main characters Lynn Rafferty and Brian Gleeson were familiar faces in the new show that tells the tale of a Nigerian family who come to Ireland seeking asylum and end up staying for eight years in Direct Provision.
We don’t want to spoil anymore of the show for you if you didn’t get a chance to see it last night, but a lot of people were saying the same thing after it ended.
It’s a pity it wasn’t on Netflix so we could watch the next episode.
— Conor Gibney (@ConorGibney) November 5, 2018
Great new drama from RTÉ. Such a pain to have to wait for next week to see E2. Bloody Netflix has runined it for me #TakenDown
— Aidan O’Leary (@aidanmoleary) November 4, 2018
Enjoyed #TakenDown – think the accommodation looks a bit more comfortable than what the people in direct provision probably live in… but yeah, shame it wasn’t on Netflix to watch the next episode ????
— Amanda Brunker (@AmandaJBrunker) November 4, 2018
— missmatchmandy (@missmatchmandy) November 4, 2018
Viewers were left extremely stunned by the final scene in the first episode also…
Which sees Taken Down follow in the footsteps of Love/Hate in terms of losing a character in the first episode.
Did not expect that end to the episode…So devastating #TakenDown
— Wuraola Majekodunmi (@olamajekodunmi1) November 4, 2018
— Celeste McCreesh ???????????? (@CelesteMcCreesh) November 4, 2018
Creator Jo Spain said that:
“I wanted to write female characters and I wanted to cast really good female actresses, because the roles aren’t being written for them.”
It was awarded €350,000 from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) for production.
The first episode of Taken Down on RTE One had an average of 445,000 viewers and a 34% share.