A housing shortage proved a nightmare for the producers of the hit show Kin before it returned to our television screens.
The gritty drama – set to return for at least two more seasons – captivated viewers with its hard-hitting storylines, which unfolded in three houses owned by the Kinsella crime family.
However, The Irish Sun can reveal that show bosses have only been able to secure two of the three houses featured in the first series for the upcoming filming of the second and third series.
As viewers know, the show takes place in the shadow of Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
Central characters Amanda and Jimmy Kinsella, live next to assassin brother Michael and across from gangster matriarch Aunt Birdy, played by Maria Doyle Kennedy.
However, the Kin filmmakers faced a major headache before filming for seasons two and three begins next month, as the house they used as Birdy’s home in the first season is not theirs. accessible.
A Kin insider told The Irish Sun: “Throughout the first season, the main characters moved from house to house.
“The episode eight finale took place outside and then inside Birdy’s house where Amanda arrives to tell Frank (Aidan Gillen) that the price of peace with Eamon Cunningham is the murder of her son Eric Viking.
“Birdy then pressures Frank, as the head of the family, to take action, which causes him to explode and is later seen collapsing from the strain.
“However, in season two, Kin fans around the world will wonder why Birdy would suddenly move away from the rest of the Kinsella family.”
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In addition to the headache of finding a new set, sources say a more practical reason for all the Kinsellas living together on the same street was that all the filming could easily be contained.
Having Maria Doyle Kennedy’s character living in a new location will make it harder to keep the action a secret.
Before the show became a hit — with half a million people tuning in for the series finale last October — Kin’s casting whereabouts went virtually unnoticed, especially that much of the filming for the first season took place during the lockdown.
Now fans in the capital will be looking for clues about the development of the plot to spread on social media.
Dubbed “The Irish Sopranos”, RTE has confirmed that the next two series will be shot back-to-back. Filming will soon be launched on 20 episodes to be broadcast in 2022 and 2023.
The insider said: “It’s not just paparazzi. It’s fans with cellphones taking photos of the action and uploading videos to social media. Images of any of the actors could also reveal the best secrets of season three.
Kin’s location manager Rossa O’Neill told The Sunday Times how hard work it had been, finding the three houses used in the first series of the TV drama so close together in Dublin 4.
He said: “[Amanda and Jimmy’s house] were to reflect the heights they had reached through their criminal activities. It has a large door and high walls, giving it an element of security.
“Plus, the property’s proximity to Michael and Birdy’s home tells part of the story, as we see where they’re from.”
Kin was Ireland’s most successful drama series last year, with a consolidated average of 621,000 viewers on RTE One and 2.7 million streams on RTE Player to date.