Ireland’s Virgin Media Television and AMC Network’s Sundance Now have commissioned Irish drama series "The Vanishing Triangle." The title is set to go into production later this year. "Supporting and developing great Irish drama and programming of international scale and quality has been a tentpole of Virgin Media Television's strategy," Bill Malone, Director of Content Virgin Media Television said. "'The Vanishing Triangle' in partnership with AMCN’s Sundance Now in the US, marks another significant milestone for Virgin Media Television's drama ambitions and comes on the back of international success and recognition for programmes such as Blood, Holding and Finding Jack Charlton."
Produced by Park Films in Ireland, Paper Plane Productions in the US and 87 Films in the UK, "The Vanishing Triangle" is inspired by true events that shook Ireland in the 1990’s, when several women disappeared, never to be seen again. The project was originally developed by Park Films and Screen Ireland. Sundance Now holds the exclusive distribution rights in the U.S. and Canada. India Mullen is represented by Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management.
"The Vanishing Triangle" is created and written by Ivan Kavanagh, co-written by Sally Tatchell and Rachel Anthony and directed by Rebecca Johnson. Executive Producers are AnneMarie Naughton and Ana Habajec for Park Films, Patrick Irwin (The Fall) for 87 Films and Alon Aranya for Paper Plane Productions. For Eccho Rights, Adam Barth and Lucy Roberts also serve as Executive Producers.“Gathering together so many strong international partners to bring this incredibly powerful story to screen has been a real joy, and we can’t wait to see the results as we move into production over the coming months,” says Adam Barth, Director of Co-productions, Acquisitions, and Development at Eccho Rights.
The six-part series features India Mullen starring as reporter Lisa Wallace, working in the face of prejudice and police incompetence to investigate the mysterious murder of her own mother nearly twenty years earlier. Allen Leech plays David Burke, a detective helping Wallace with her case, but whose own struggles of coming to terms with his sexuality are a constant burden.Shannon Cooper, Vice President of Programming, Sundance Now said: “The Vanishing Triangle is an expertly crafted, character driven thriller with the exact international appeal the Sundance Now audience craves. We’re pleased to join Virgin Media Television and Eccho Rights on this exciting journey.”
While the characters and events in the series are fictional, the producers have spoken to several of the real life victims’ families, and hope in some way the series will keep their stories in the public's mind.“Any series that can shine a spotlight on these stories could be a great help and get people talking," Gina Sinnott, a cousin of Fiona Sinnott, who went missing on 8th April 1998, said. "If people are not talking we're not moving forward to bring Fiona's story, and all the other cases, to a resolution and a conclusion and put an end to the devastation the families face every day. If it brought information on even one case it would help give hope to the rest of the families.”
Supporting and developing great Irish drama and programming of international scale and quality has been a tentpole of Virgin Media Television's strategy. 'The Vanishing Triangle' in partnership with AMCN’s Sundance Now in the US, marks another significant milestone for Virgin Media Television's drama ambitions and comes on the back of international success and recognition for programmes such as Blood, Holding and Finding Jack Charlton.” Bill Malone Director of Content Virgin Media Television