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Bloodlands creator Chris Brandon on growing up in Strangford and writing first major TV series

Bloodlands creator Chris Brandon talks to Audrey Watson about growing up in Strangford, writing his first major TV series and working with Jed Mercurio

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Chris Brandon. Credit: Harriet Bunton

Chris Brandon. Credit: Harriet Bunton

Episode 1 Niamh McGovern (CHARLENE McKENNA)

Episode 1 Niamh McGovern (CHARLENE McKENNA)

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Episode 1 Tori Matthews (LISA DWAN) - (C) HTM Television  - Photographer: Steffan Hill

Episode 1 Tori Matthews (LISA DWAN) - (C) HTM Television - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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James Nesbitt

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Bloodlands

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Lorcan Cranitch. (C) HTM Television  - Photographer: Steffan Hill

Lorcan Cranitch. (C) HTM Television - Photographer: Steffan Hill

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Chris Brandon. Credit: Harriet Bunton

When writer Chris Brandon first came up with the idea for Bloodlands five years ago, he never for a moment thought that the end product would be a prime-time series on BBC One.

"I think, in my head I was like, I'm gonna make this for a fiver with my best friend," laughs the 39-year-old, who grew up in Strangford.

"I'd been working as an actor in London for about 10 years and then I started writing and I've been doing that full-time now for five years."


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