The TV series, An Bronntanas (The Gift,) by Derry man Tom Collins, reaches an exciting climax at 9.30pm on TG4 tonight.
The thriller – based around a independent rescue crew who discover the gift of €1 million -is regarded as Ireland’s answer to The Killing, and starring Sara Devaney, Owen McDonnell and John Finn, has received excellent reviews from the critics with the Daily Mirror’s Jane Simon describing it as “brilliant.”
Collins began his producttion career by producing Hush A Bye Baby in 1990, directing the John Peel Presented – Teenage Kicks The Undertones and his Derry based Company De facto Films produced the Colm Meaney lead Kings.
TG4’s deputy chief executive, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha. said the series has broken new ground for the channel.
He said: “The direct audience feedback and on social media as well as in media commentary and reviews at home and abroad confirms to us that An Bronntanas has hit the spot.
“Regular viewers of our channel confirm that it delivers on their requirement for a súil eile approach to drama. Others remark on the innovative visual style and unique dramatic atmosphere – the Celtic Noir that has grabbed their attention in ways not unlike some recent Scandanavian TV crime drama”.
Official TAM Ireland figures show that 340,000 people have followed An Bronntanas during episodes, making it the most popular original drama series ever broadcast on TG4.
Tom Collins was delighted with the reception.
He said: “It’s great for the cast and crew and. of course, its good ‘yo hit the spot’ when inventing a show.”