Belfast Telegraph

Racy student drama set to return

By Maureen Coleman

Filming is under way in Belfast of the third series of edgy student drama Seacht.

The Irish language drama — compared to Channel 4’s fast-paced, sexy soap Skins — is being shot at the campus at Queen’s University.

Funded by Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Seacht depicts the lives and loves of a group of talented teens as they attend a Belfast performing arts college.

Among the cast starring in the drama are Northern Irish actors Alana Henderson and Tony Devlin.

Law student Alana, from Dungannon, is about to embark on her final year at Queen’s, so is no stranger to the campus.

A gifted musician and part-time model she plays willowy cellist Caroline in Seacht.

Tony, who comes from west Belfast, takes centre stage as villain lecturer Steve. Tony has previously acted with Colin Farrell and Bruce Willis and is also director of Belfast theatre group, Brassneck Theatre Company.

The drama also stars Donegal actress Aoife Nic Ardghail as lipstick lesbian Linda and former Miss Galway Linda Bhreathnach as the feisty and troubled Eithne.

Seacht first hit TV screens in 2008 and the third series is due to be aired on TG4 and BBC NI in January 2010.

A spokeswoman for NI Screen said: “With a young, dynamic and fiercely independent team working behind the scenes, Seacht proves that Irish language drama can be brave, bold and compete with the mainstream.”

It is produced by Stirling Film and TV Productions. John Carlin and Paul Riordan are directing, Colin O'Donnell is producing and Brian Martin is director of |photography.

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