The cast for ITV’s adaptation of Graham Norton’s bestselling debut novel Holding has been revealed.
Brenda Fricker, Siobhán McSweeney, Charlene McKenna, Helen Behan, Pauline McLynn and Conleth Hill have been cast in the four-part drama, directed by Kathy Burke.
Conleth Hill plays local police officer Sergeant PJ Collins, a soft and gentle man who shies away from people and fills his days with eating comfort food and half-hearted police work.
He lives his life as a loveable outsider but is lonely and lacks motivation for his job.
When the long-lost body of local legend Tommy Burke is found, Collins must stop hiding away and solve the biggest crime of his career.
In his quest to achieve justice, Collins unearths long buried secrets and connects with a village he has always pushed away.
Siobhán McSweeney plays the vulnerable and messy Bríd Riordan, who was meant to marry Burke until his mysterious disappearance and Charlene McKenna plays youthful Evelyn Ross, who was hopelessly in love with him.
The two women are at the centre of the community and neither is above suspicion.
Brenda Fickler plays Lizzie Meany, a wallflower who has been battling her own demons, which Collins begins to discover.
Set in the fictional village of Duneen, West Cork, the community is an insular place with its own climate and rhythms.
Siobhán McSweeney commented: “I cannot think of a better script in a better place with a better cast and crew. I’m in heaven being back in Cork.”
Filming for Holding is currently underway in West Cork, Ireland.