Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan TD today, Thursday 24 May, met with the cast and crew of the major BBC crime series Ripper Street. Made with the participation of Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) this eight part TV series is currently filming on location in Clancy Barracks Dublin. On set with the Minister were Irish director Colm McCarthy and lead cast from the series Matthew Macfadyen (Spooks, Pride and Prejudice) and Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones).
Commenting on the benefits of having such a major TV series filming on location in Dublin the Minister said: “I’m delighted to visit the set of Ripper Street, which is investing over €8 million in the Irish economy on local goods and services, as well as creating over 250 jobs for Irish cast and crew. The film and television industry continues to deliver employment, creating opportunities for Irish creative talent. Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) played a major role in bringing this series to Ireland as the production decided to shoot in Dublin following a UK television industry visit to Ireland organised by the IFB last year.”
Andrew Lowe, Element Pictures commented: “We are delighted to be working with Tiger Aspect, Lookout Point and BBC America on this exciting project. It was the combination of great Irish creative talent in front of and behind the camera, a generous tax incentive and crucial support from the IFB that brought this production to Ireland.”
The filming of Ripper Street will continue until late July and the series is scheduled for an autumn transmission. It is set to be distributed globally by BBC Worldwide ensuring that images of Ireland will be broadcast to millions of viewers all over the world.
The production of UK TV production in Ireland has been good to the Irish film industry, but alas that run is coming to an end with the changes to U.K. tax laws to include TV Production also. Minister Deenihan and the Irish Film Board must restructure both how section 481 can meet today’s changing markets and an over haul of working arrangements particularly the perks in some departments if the industry is get back on track.