Taken Down (working title) Image Name: Taken Down (working title) Description: Taken Down (working title) Lynn Rafferty as Detective Jen Rooney RTÉ and Spiral Pictures Copyright: RTÉ and Spiral Pictures 2018. Photography Credit: Bernard Walsh




RTÉ and Spiral Pictures are pleased to announce that brand new crime drama Taken Down (working title) rolls into production this week.

The creative team behind Love/Hate, Spiral Pictures’ Stuart Carolan (writer/ executive producer), Suzanne McAuley (executive producer) and David Caffrey (director) are joined by best-selling novelist Jo Spain to bring this brand new crime series to RTÉ and international audiences.

The series centres on Detective Jen Rooney (Lynn Rafferty) who investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre, where refugees wait for political asylum. Her investigation brings us into a twilight world of the new Ireland where slum landlords and criminals prey on the vulnerable.

The cast includes Aissa Maiga (Anything for AliceBianco e Nero), Brian Gleeson (Resistance, Phantom Thread),  Lynn Rafferty (Love/Hate), Orla Fitzgerald (The Young Offenders,) Jimmy Smallhorne (Love/Hate, Clean Break), Barry Ward (End of The F*cking World, The Fall,), Enoch Frost (Skyfall, The Desert) and Slimane Dazi (A Prophet, Rengaine).

The shoot begins today, Monday 25th June, and the cast and crew will film for 10 weeks at various locations across Dublin.

Jane Gogan, Head of Drama, RTÉ Television said, “This new series from Spiral Pictures has the promise of something special. The story of Taken Down brings us into a world where opportunism meets the forces of Irish and globalised crime. This story is very much of the moment and I’m looking forward to introducing Taken Down to RTÉ’s audiences.”

Executive Producer Suzanne McAuley said, “We have set out to create a world of unique characters in a modern Ireland but in the context of the globalisation of crime.To tell this story, we have brought together a team of highly talented cast and crew from Ireland and across the globe and we are excited to see our stories come to life.”

Taken Down is produced for RTÉ by Spiral Pictures with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and Section 481.

RTÉ will announce further details on Taken Down at its new season launch in August.



Date: Monday 25 June 2018

Contact: Rayna Connery, Acting Senior Press Officer, RTÉ Television, Email: Phone (01) 208 3169 /087 986 2902

Please note a photograph of Lynn Rafferty as Detective Jen Rooney will be sent to national picture desks and is available on request.