Boyle comic actor Chris O’Dowd who recently shot to fame for his role in the Summer movie ‘Bridesmaids’ has been commissioned to write a six part TV series based on his childhood in Boyle.
The series called ‘Moone Boy’ will be co-written by O’Dowd and Nick Murphy, a Kilkenny born screen writer. It focus on Martin Moone, an 11 year old boy living in Boyle in 1989 and 1990.
The project is co-produced by Baby Cow and Sprout Pictures owned by Stephen Fry. Shooting is expected to begin between October and January and at least part of it will be on location in Boyle.
The crew are planning to use several roads, a school and the town centre in Boyle as well as other nearby attractions. O’Dowd will play the main character’s 31 year old imaginary friend.
The comedy series is about a family and the kid is the central character, it is inspired by O’Dowd’s own childhood in the historic town.
Moone Boy is expected to air on Sky next Spring, the satellite channel commissioned the series following O’Dowd’s one off ‘Little Crackers’ programme.
The comedy series is envisaged to be similar to The Simpsons and Malcom in the Middle but will be “very Irish.” The series which is based in 1989 and 1990 will feature historic events such as the collapse of the Berlin Wall and Mary Robinson’s Presidential election.
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