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Irish director signs onto BBC’s In the Club

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Neasa Hardiman

AWARD-winning Irish director and writer Neasa Hardiman is set to direct a new BBC drama.

In the Club is a new TV series adapted from the book by Kay Mellor (The Syndicate) about six couples who attend a parenting class during pregnancy.

The story was based partially on Ms Mellor’s own experiences of becoming pregnant as a teenager, and inspired the character of 15-year-old schoolgirl Rosie who keeps her pregnancy a secret.

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Ms Hardiman also recently scripted Sea Fever – a sci-fi horror feature about the crew of a trawler marooned at sea on the West of Ireland. It won the London Film Awards Feature Screenplay prize in 2012.

The film adaptation of Sea Fever is set to go into production in late 2014 and will be produced by Brendan McCarthy at Fantastic Films.

In 2010 Ms Hardiman won a Children’s BAFTA award for Best Drama for Tracy Beaker Returns, and she has enjoyed a further two Bafta and three IFTA nominations.

The series In The Club will contain six 60 minute episodes, produced by Rollem Productions for BBC One and will air in 2014.

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