BBC Acquires Irish Crime Drama ‘Kin’ from Fifth Season – as it happened
BBC picked up Irish crime drama Kin from Fifth Season
The BBC has acquired the Irish crime drama series “Kin” from Fifth Season, which originally aired on RTÉ and later on AMC+ in the United States.
This acquisition is part of the BBC’s efforts to secure high-profile shows, including other series like AMC’s “Interview with the Vampire.”
“Kin” is produced by Bron Studios, known for financing the movie “Joker,” and Headline Pictures, associated with “Man in the High Castle.”
The show features a notable cast, including Clare Dunne, Charlie Cox, Aidan Gillen, and Ciarán Hinds, and it revolves around gang wars in Dublin. The story begins when a boy is killed, leading to a family’s battle with an international crime cartel, the Cunningham cartel, which is much larger in scale.
Sue Deeks, the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition, described “Kin” as a powerful and intense narrative focusing on themes of love, grief, family, and crime, with profound consequences.
“Kin” has gained significant popularity, with the second season’s finale becoming the most-watched Irish show of the year, excluding sports. The series has also been available for streaming in the UK on AMC’s Sundance Now.
The series is written and created by Peter McKenna, known for his work on “The Last Kingdom” and “Red Rock.” He also serves as the show’s executive producer and showrunner.
The executive producers for “Kin” include individuals from Bron Studios and Headline Pictures, such as David Davoli, Samantha Thomas, Steven Thibault, Aaron L. Gilbert, Christian Baute, Laurence Lenica, Frank Calderon, and Ciaran Donnelly, who is also a co-creator of the show.
It’s worth noting that Bron Studios filed for bankruptcy, citing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and dual U.S. labor strikes.