Virgin Media’s latest TV drama Darklands will premiere in the UK exclusively on Virgin TV Ultra HD (channel 999) at 9pm on November 25th.
Darklands, a Dublin based crime drama, depicts the stark reality of how a 16-year-old aspiring MMA fighter, Damien Dunne (played by Dane Whyte O’Hara), is dragged into a cacophony of violence, drugs and vengeance-driven family feuds following his eldest brother’s disappearance.
The series follows Damien as he grapples with the appeal of crime’s financial benefits desperately needed by his family and the dangerous consequences of his choices.
The perturbing naturalism of Darklands derives in large part from co-writer Adam Coates’ very own family history. Coates’ brother was the late Shane Coates, a member of notorious west Dublin gang, The Westies, and the writing is strongly influenced by his experiences growing up and the effect his brother’s life had on their family. Creator Mark O’Connor also brings his years of research into gang violence and organised crime to the unflinching portrayal of what that life muddied by drugs and crime can do to individuals, families and communities.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said: “Darklands is a thrilling addition to our UHD line up. Its gritty, raw storyline will hook viewers and keep them wanting more. The series packs drama, danger and emotion, offering tension and action in equal measure.”
Series one of Darklands features six episodes and is available to all Virgin Media customers with TV services in the UK. New episodes will premiere every week from November 25th and will be available in VoD.