Virgin Media may be a little over a week old but they have already scored an international hit with their home produced six-part drama series Blood.

The programme which will appear here as part of the station’s Autumn schedule has already been sold to Channel 5 in the UK and Acorn TV who will stream it on OTT.

Virgin UK have retained the rights to stream the show on demand through the UK following its initial showing on Channel 5.

The series follows in the footsteps of Red Rock which was an international sales winner for the station under its former identity of TV3.

International sales are an increasingly strong revenue stream for Irish TV with Young Offenders funded from the start as a joint production with BBC Comedy.

Blood is being produced here by Company Pictures in association with Element Pictures.

It stars Adrian Dunbar who is also due to appear on RTÉ’s Who do you think you are? in the coming weeks, presumably not scheduled to clash with the debut of Blood…

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