Acorn Media Enterprises is continuing its move into originals, teaming with Blinder Films, DCD Rights and RTÉ as the North American co-producing partner on Irish legal drama Striking Out. The series will premiere on Ireland’s RTÉ in early 2017 and make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV next year.
The four-part drama is eyed as a returnable and centers on the tumultuous professional and personal life of Dublin-based solicitor Tara (Moone Boy‘s Amy Huberman) and her fledgling law firm. Also starring are Rory Keenan (Peaky Blinders), Emmet Byrne, Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Utopia) and Neil Morrissey (The Night Manager).
When Tara discovers her fiancé and fellow solicitor Eric (Keenan) has been cheating with a colleague, she leaves him and their prestigious law firm to set up her own practice specializing in family and divorce law. Working alongside her new team, including mentor and friend Vincent (Morrissey) and tech guru and private detective Meg (O’Shaughnessy), Tara’s cases will put her in direct conflict with influential families and the legal and political establishment as well as challenging her own personal morals.
The series is created by James Phelan and written by Rob Heyland, Mike O’Leary and Phelan. Yvonne Donohoe and Katie Holly produce for Blinder Films (Love & Friendship).
Acorn’s other original co-pros include Sky’s Agatha Raisin, ITV drama The Level and the BBC One adaptation of Agatha Christie classic The Witness For The Prosecution. The British TV streaming service in North America that’s owned by RLJ Entertainment, nabbed its first Emmy nomination in 2015 for Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case.