Channel 4 and Amazon Studios have commissioned Frank of Ireland, a new series from Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford’s Merman starring Brian Gleeson.

A co-production between Channel 4 and Amazon Studios, the 6×30 series is the first show penned by brothers Brian and Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Moloney.

Frank Marron, played by Brian Gleeson (Peaky Blinders, The Bisexual), is a “32-year-old catastrophe. A misanthropic, narcissistic, fantasist in arrested development who thinks the world owes him something.”

Frank lives in Dublin with his mother Mary (Pom Boyd, Rosie, Rialto,Snakes and Ladders) and pines for his ex-girlfriend Aine (Sarah Greene, Dublin Murders, Rosie, Ransom) who has a new boyfriend Peter-Brian (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Dublin Murders, Rialto, Avengers: Endgame). Frank relies on his wingman (read gopher) Doofus, played by Domhnall Gleeson (The Revenant, Ex-Machina, The Force Awakens).

The show is described as having “a physical and ridiculous brand of humour with an original twist.” Filming in Dublin and Belfast has just begun with the transmission date on Channel 4 to be announced in due course.  It will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the US, 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.”

Sharon Horgan, Merman Co-founder, 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, says: “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, Vice President of Worldwide Content Licensing, Amazon Studios: “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.”

The series has been commissioned for Channel 4 by Head of Comedy Fiona McDermott and Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles and is written by Brian and Domhnall Gleeson, and Michael Moloney. For Merman, Executive Producers are Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan along with Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson and Michael Moloney. The series is produced by Rory Gilmartin and Directed by MJ Delaney for Merman.

Jon Creamer

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