Ice Cream Girls in pre-production at Ardmore Studios

While the long-term existence of Ardmore Studio’s still remains in the balance, Moone Boy the second series for Sky 1 featuring Chris O Dowd continues production at Ardmore Studios until September.

Last week saw a new a three-part TV drama called Ice Cream Girls commissioned by ITV1 co-produced by Left Bank Pictures and James Flynn’s Octagon Films take up offices at Ardmore. A tale about two women who witnessed a tragic event as teenagers, dubbed ‘The Ice Cream Girls’ by the press at the time, years later the truth about the incident refuses to remain buried

Kate Brooke has adapted the  Dorothy Koomson’s novel  for TV.

Shooting in late August for 6 weeks, with locations in the Bray area, and sets at the sound stages at Ardmore studios. Irish crew include line producer Mary McCarthy, production designer David Wilson, Cinematography John Conroy, location manager Eoin Holohan, prop master Dave Peters and construction manager Michael Deegan. Series directed by Dan Zeff (Lost in Austen).

These are two of many UK TV dramas that have been made in Ireland in 2012, it relatively unlikely that after March of 2013 the Irish Film Board will be in a position to attract such productions to Ireland. Changes proposed to the UK tax laws by the Chancellor will allow investment in high-end TV which up to now had been excluded.

© Tom Dowling 2012 photo by Tom Dowling

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