APC Studios UK and Irish independent production company Magamedia are co-producing a brand-new Irish dark comedy crime drama Obituary exclusively in the US for streaming service Hulu, with RTÉ in Ireland pre-buying the series.

Siobhán Cullen (“The Dry”, “Origin”, “The Long Call”, “Paula”) takes the lead role of Elvira Clancy, an underpaid obituarist working at a small town newspaper in the 6 x one-hour episode series, which is written by Ray Lawlor (“Le Ceangal”) and directed by John Hayes (“Dublin Murders”, “Bancroft”) and produced by Nell Green (“The Outfit,” “The Undeclared War”).

APC Studios’ Laurent Boissel and Magamedia’s Paddy Hayes are executive producers of the series which is being made in association with Fís Éireann/ Screen Ireland, BAI and The Wrap Fund. Obituary goes into production in Ireland in 2023 and will exclusively premiere on Hulu in the US later that year.

In Obituary, 24-year-old Elvira Clancy is feeling unfulfilled, although she adores her job writing obituaries. When her newspaper falls on hard times, her boss tells her he is unable to keep her on the payroll and she finds herself being paid per obituary overnight… When she “accidentally” kills a nasty piece of work in the town, she discovers she might have an untapped bloodlust! She relishes using ever more crafty methods to kill off the town’s unpleasant residents while making them look like accidents. Unfortunately, a wrench lands in the works – the paper hires a suspicious new crime correspondent with a penchant for conspiracy theories, and she really, really likes him…

Executive Producers Laurent Boissel and Paddy Hayes say: “It has been a blast pitching this wonderful high concept drama to various funders and broadcast partners over the past few years – an obituarist who resorts to murder to stay in a job! We’re genuinely thrilled that Hulu and RTE are already on board and it’s super exciting to be bringing it into production now in the West of Ireland.”

Jon Creamer

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