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”, a 3 x 90 minute historical drama has been offered 27 per cent of its 3.7m budget with the offer of 1m constituting the largest made in this round of funding.

” is described as “a trilogy of 90 minute dramas charting the emergence of modern Ireland through the mesmeric figure of Charles J Haughey and his pursuit of power, wealth and glamour.”

Element Pictures will co produce the series with London based producers Touchpaper for RT Television. Touchpaper’s recent TV credits include ‘Being Human’ while Element recently co produced ‘Ripper Street’ for the BBC.

” is written by Colin Teevan (Single Handed, Vera) with production due to get underway in 2013. No casting or crew decisions have yet been announced.

RT commissioning editor for drama, Jane Gogan said, “We are very pleased that the BAI has agreed to finance the project with RT. Charles J Haughey is a figure in life on which everyone has a point of view, but this drama will be as much about Ireland as it is about one man.”

In total, 15 television productions have been offered funding of more than 3.9m from the BAI in what is the fourth allocation of funding offered this year and the 15th since the scheme was introduced.

A similar amount of funding was but to 21 projects

” is one of three dramas that have been made an offer. A second season of four part TG4 drama ‘Corp Anam’ has been offered 46 per cent of its 1.7m budget. The crime series is produced by .

‘Now We’re Hurling’, a drama from Dublin Community TV (DCTV), has been offered or 90 per cent of its budget.

Two TV3 documentaries have been offered funding, the biggest budgeted of which is Sideline’s six part series ‘Tales of Castles’, which will get or 85 per cent of its budget.

Circle Films has been offered for its TV3 doc ‘The Kennedy’s Mafia’.

Other documentaries offered funding are Cleona N Chrualao’s ‘An Ceoldrma’ for TG4; Athena Media’s ‘Get Off The Couch!’ for Setanta Sports; Frameworks Films’ ‘Mother Jones and her Children’ for CCTV; and Imagine Media Productions’ ‘Aistear Na nGael’ for BBC Northern Ireland.

Magpie 6 has been offered for 26 part animated series ‘Inis Spraoi’, which will be broadcast on RT’s new Saorview channel .

The remaining productions offered funding are educational series ‘In Your Shoes’ by for RT 2; and Animo’s ‘The Writing Estate’ for RT One.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, chief executive of the BAI said: “This round was particularly noteworthy for the high level of qualifying applications that were received.

“In order to partly address this, the BAI made an additional 1m available in the round. However, given the competitive nature of the Scheme, it was inevitable that some very worthy projects did not make the final cut on this occasion.

“The allocation again represents a significant investment of funding, financed by the television licence fee, directly to the broadcasting and audiovisual production sectors in Ireland. To date in 2012, funding totaling 13.4m has been offered by the Scheme to 185 radio projects and 60 television projects.”

Meanwhile, the BAI has received over 200 applications for funding under Round 16 of the Scheme which closed in September. It is envisaged that the outcomes of this round will be announced before the end of the year.
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