RTÉ’s successful online drama competition Storyland is back for a new season today (Monday, 13 February) with eight brand new dramas which will compete for the affections of online viewers in order to win this year’s competition. Over the next four months the eight will battle it out episode by episode as the public decide which dramas will be given the opportunity to make further episodes. Now in its fourth year Storyland’s previous winners were the hugely successful Hardy Bucks, Zombie Bashers, and last year’s Lucky Run.
The first webisodes are now available to watch and vote for at www.rte.ie/storyland. Voting closes on 19 February, when the two series with the least number of votes are eliminated. Voting this year will be on the Storyland Facebook page (the voter must be logged in to Facebook), which can be accessed via www.rte.ie/storyland. There is no cost for voting but each Facebook profile can only vote once.
Speaking about the new series Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor RTÉ Drama, said: ‘StoryLand is a crucial aspect of RTÉ’s role in industry development and gives us the chance to fast track new talent into the heart of RTÉ’s drama programming. This year we have eight series, all very different, each bringing a whole new range of skills, styles and attitudes in storytelling with good material for drama and comedy. Previous years have seen Hardy Bucks emerge from StoryLand as well as the drama production company Screenworks who have a major new drama coming soon to RTÉ ONE. So what will this year’s hit be? Over to you the audience..’
This year’s selection includes diverse subject matter, including aliens, lethal viruses, hapless therapists and chronic begrudgery…
A lethal virus has wiped out millions of people worldwide. Pregnant women are the carriers. With no known cure, containment is the only option. Pregnancy is now outlawed. Starring Grace Kelley as Alison, Sam O’Mahony as Chris and Jenny Ni Chleirigh as Melanie.
Conor Shaw didn’t have a great time in school. A chronic overachiever, Conor decided to take his Leaving Cert when he was 15 and went straight to college. Now that he’s finished his teaching degree the only place that will take someone so young and weird is his old school where he has to teach his old class who still hate him. Starring Conor O’Toole, Carol Tobin (The Savage Eye) Neil Molloy (Republic of Telly) and Kevin McGahern (Hardy Bucks)
Talk it out
A comedy centred around Martin (Mark Doherty, A Film With Me in It) a hapless therapist coming under pressure when a rival hypnotherapist moves in next door and begins stealing his business. When he starts taking advice from one of his own patients, Ray (Bernard O’Shea, Republic of Telly), things soon spiral out of control. Other main cast includes Peter Coonan and Aoibhinn McGinnity from Love/Hate.
Trouble Times Three
Scott (Declan Reynolds) is getting out of dodge. But he won’t tell his best friend and room-mate Emmalina (Gemma Leah Devereux) why. It’s probably because he has within the last 24 hours found out that he has impregnated both American student, Katie (Audrey Hamilton) and his dole officer, Olivia (Michelle Beamish)! Before he goes though, there might be one more bundle of news to be delivered.
Two years have passed since the Oortesian alliance conquered the majority of the Earth. VICTORY follows Inspector Doyle (Dave Duffy, Fair City), a policeman with the Ministry of Reason, a Vichy style government that now runs Ireland on behalf of its alien overlords. With each webisode, as he hunts down the resistance movement that calls itself VICTORY, Doyle begins to question more and more the motives not only of the resistance but of his own government. By the end of the series he is left with a grim choice, either serve a system he never truly believed in or join a resistance movement that has little chance .or hope of victory. Also featuring Jonathan Ryan (The Tudors, Game of Thrones), Melissa Nolan (White Noise), Michael Liebmann (Resurrection Man, Omagh) and Morgan C. Jones (The Emergency, Nighthawks).
Nobby (Shane Carroll) and Snout (Ray Fitzsimons) spend their days perched on the bar-stool resenting, berating and, well, begrudging without any reason nor rhyme. But when Gemma (Brianne Fitzpatrick), an American and George (Will Govan), an Englishman, come into their lives overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement, the Begrudgers might finally get that reason and rhyme after all.
Rebellious, copper-haired teenager Niamh Keegan feels like a spare part in her boring, staid family unit. When she sees a digitally ‘aged’ picture of a missing child in the newspaper that looks just like her, her imagination runs riot and she being to suspect that she and the snatched baby are one and the same… Are Niamh’s suspicions just the delusions of a disaffected teenager, or has she inadvertently stumbled on to something more sinister?
Vidileaks is an international not-for-profit organisation that publishes classified films suppressed by governments and corporations. Obtained by an undisclosed source, each webisode uncovers a highly controversial video. The truth is waiting for you…