Jo Spain

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Taken Down was divided between its female leads, a wooden Lynn Rafferty and a magnificent Aïssa Maïga

Good TV drama takes us to places we ordinarily never see. The best kind makes it feel vividly real. Despite the suggestion of its title, Taken Down (R(...)

Aïssa Maïga plays the stoic Abeni Bankole in Taken Down

Here’s an arresting idea for a police procedural: a murder mystery where the suspects are already in prison. At least, that’s the forcible impression(...)

Actors Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin portray Colin and Wendy Parry in the BBC’s fact-based drama ‘Mother’s Day’, which will air on RTÉ One on September 2nd. Photograph: BBC

RTÉ is seeking a sponsorship fee of €400,000 for a slate of “premium” dramas that it will show between this September and autumn 2019, including two s(...)

Scene of the crime. Photograph: iStock

A familiar stereotype about crime novels is that they rely on a conservative sense of closure that restores order to the narrative but distorts images(...)

Finding an audience: Amy Huberman on the set of her RTÉ / Treasure Entertainment comedy ‘Finding Joy’.

It’s that time of year when there’s nothing on except repeats and Love Island. And Sharp Objects and The Affair, if you have Sky. And Picnic at Hangin(...)

Crime novelist Jo Spain is writing ‘Taken Down’, an RTÉ drama produced by Suzanne McAuley’s Spiral Pictures.

RTÉ has commissioned a new six-part contemporary drama from the makers of Love/Hate and Irish crime novelist Jo Spain. The series, called Taken Down(...)

Jo Spain is the guest on this week’s Róisín Meets podcast.

It’s the middle of January and Jo Spain has just overseen the publication of the first of three books she has coming out this year. The crime writer (...)

Helen Mirren  as Jane Tennison

Jane Tennison is one of modern crime fiction’s great characters, a trailblazing protagonist who made her first appearance in Lynda La Plante’s Prime S(...)

Jo Spain: I look at my children now, one of whom is four, and think – imagine telling a child of that age they had a new mammy and daddy? Imagine asking them to forget their mother? I get a lump in my throat every time I think of my dad, a small boy, going through that traumatic experience

There is no worse pain imaginable to a parent than the loss of a child. So it is truly distressing to realise that, for decades, a policy of forcing m(...)