‘An Bronntanas’ is a Ratings Success
As it Concludes
Irish-language drama An Bronntanas has proven to be a ratings success for TG4, with 340,000 people tuning in to watch the first four episodes, according to figures from Television Audience Measurement Ireland. The fifth and final episode of the acclaimed series concludes on TG4.
On the reaction, IFB CEO James Hickey commented: “The IFB are delighted to have supported An Bronntanas, which has been warmly received by audiences and critics alike. Through strong reviews, high ratings and positive social media feedback the success of An Bronntanas proves the importance of investing in high-end TV drama and in the Irish-language. Television drama plays a vital role in the continuing development of Irish writers, directors and producers in film.”
TG4 deputy CEO Pádhraic Ó Ciardha said of the reaction “The direct audience feedback and on social media as well as in media commentary and reviews at home and abroad confirms to us that An Bronntanas has hit the spot.”
In October, the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) announced that it would be Ireland’s submission for the Foreign Language category at the 87th annual Academy Awards®.
The series received strong reviews from critics since its debut. Writing in the Irish Independent, Darragh McManus that “An Bronntanas (The Gift) makes an ambitious bid for the sort of cinematic sweep we’ve come to expect in modern TV” and that it “feels cinematic too, both in theme and production.” FilmIreland.net described it as a “well-scripted thriller, with some nice twists and misdirection”, while Entertainment.ie noted that it “really has proved gripping viewing from start to finish.”
Directed by Tom Collins (Kings), An Bronntanas is a contemporary thriller set against the background of a local independent lifeboat crew working off the coast of Connemara, in the West of Ireland. The rescue crew receives a distress call on a stormy night to discover a fishing boat, its only passenger a dead woman and its cargo is over a million Euros worth of drugs. The crew is challenged with a moral dilemma — bring the woman on shore and hand the drugs to the authorities or, leave the body, sell the drugs and save their struggling village.
‘An Bronntanas’ was produced by ROSG and DeFacto Films with financial contribution from TG4, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board and Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Northern Ireland Screen.