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Channel 4 & Amazon Studios Align for Frank of Ireland


Channel 4 and Amazon Studios have teamed up to commission Frank of Ireland, a brand-new comedy series from Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) and Clelia Mountford’s Merman.

Starring Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders, The Bisexual), who penned the series with his brother Domhnall Gleeson (The Revenant, Ex-Machina) and Michael Moloney, Frank of Ireland follows the “misanthropic, narcissistic, fantasist” 32-year-old Frank Marron. Living in Dublin with his mother Mary, he’s a single, struggling musician finding it as difficult to get over his ex-girlfriend (Sarah Greene) as getting a paying gig. At his side through it all is his wingman Doofus (Domhnall Gleeson).

A co-production between Channel 4 and Amazon Studios, Frank of Ireland is filming in Dublin and Belfast, with the transmission date on Channel 4 to be announced. The series will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Brian, Domhnall and Michael Moloney said: “We’re so excited to work with MJ, Sharon and Clelia on this, our first and (we’ve been told) last television series.”

Merman co-founder Horgan added: “Working with the Gleeson Brothers has been like living in a very funny, existential dreamscape. I laughed so much making the pilot that it became annoying. So Clelia and I are very glad and relieved they still chose to make this series with us.”

Fiona McDermott, head of comedy at Channel 4, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Domhnall and Brian to Channel 4 for their comedy debut. They are talented in ways Frank and his wildest dreams could only hope to emulate; we can’t wait for viewers to see the unashamedly ridiculous and hilarious new show they’ve created.”

Brad Beale, VP of worldwide content licensing at Amazon Studios, said: “Frank of Ireland is smart, wholly original and incredibly funny. We’re thrilled to work with Brian and Domhnall to bring our Prime Video customers this terrific new comedy.”

About Chelsea Regan

Chelsea Regan is the associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at [email protected]


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