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First look at new RTE gangster drama inspired by the Hutch/Kinahan feud

The eight-part series will be essential viewing for any Love/Hate fans

The first images of the new eight-part blockbuster crime drama Kin have been released.

During a previous interview with the Irish Mirror, an insider on the show said the plot was inspired by the notorious Kinahan mob.

Kin follows the activities of a family of Dublin gangsters who go to war with thugs from rival gangs.

Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen, 52, plays the head of the family which will automatically draw comparisons to Love/Hate in which he played gang boss John Boy in the first two seasons before the character was shot dead.

Filming of Kin began in November and the first block of four episodes has already been shot by Red Rock director Diarmuid Goggins, who also made numerous episodes of Bulletproof, Silent Witness, Casualty and Hollyoaks.

In terms of an official synopsis, RTE has said: “Kin underlines the unbreakable bonds of blood and family as it charts the lives of a fictional Dublin family embroiled in a gangland war and the consequences of their choices.

Charlie Cox in Kin

“The series’ local storyline, talented Irish cast and shooting location adds it to the growing ranks of strong and prestigious television series coming out of Ireland.

The show boasts an extremely impressive cast with Gillen being joined by Clare Dunne (Herself), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones), Sam Keeley (The Cured), Emmett Scanlan (Peaky Blinders), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Outlander) and newcomer Yasmin Seky.

The series is written and co-created by Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom, Red Rock) who is also showrunner/executive producer, and co-created by Ciarán Donnelly (Altered Carbon, Vikings).

An insider said: “Kin means family but it is also the first three letters of the Kinahan family.

“The series is not based on them but there is no doubt the Kinahan and Hutch feud over the past few years was some kind of inspiration for the new series.

Kin will air on RTE in the Autumn

“It’s about a fictional crime family in Dublin and their underworld dealings with other criminal families.

“It’s not the Kinahans’ story but people can draw their own conclusions. Viewers will be able to make up their own mind about it.”

Another four episodes will be filmed over the next two months with crew and cast hoping the series will be screened in the spring.

The insider added: “It looks really good. It seems very exciting and the acting and the script are really tight. They have really gone to town with the set and the design and their location.

“They even fabricated a ‘Dublin West Hospital’ in this huge centre at Seapoint on the coast.

“The hope would be that Kin would turn out like Love/Hate which was commissioned for a few episodes but then went on to seasons two, three, four and five.”

The show’s star Emmet J. Scanlan has described the highly-anticipated crime drama as a “monster of a show” as anticipation builds for its release.

Emmet J. Scanlan in Kin

Taking to Instagram, Scanlan confirmed that he’s completed his work on the show and teased fans about what they can expect.

“That’s a wrap on gangland drama, crime drama – and more importantly than that, in my opinion – family drama, Kin. Wow!

“This show will be out later in Ireland on RTE and in America – it’s being shown on AMC – and in other countries across the world.

“I can’t wait for you guys to see it, it’s a really exciting project and for the last five months, we’ve been shooting this monster of a show.”

At present, no official premiere date has been given but the show will premiere in Autumn.

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