Video Nasty: New BBC 80s comedy drama series to film in Northern Ireland

Video Nasty will film in Northern Ireland -Credit:Deadpan Pictures
Video Nasty will film in Northern Ireland -Credit:Deadpan Pictures

A new comedy horror series set in the 80s is to begin filming in Northern Ireland.

Video Nasty is a new premium scripted series for BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Three and Player and Virgin Media Television, transporting viewers back in time.

Production will commence in April with filming taking place in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and is produced with Screen Ireland/ Fis Eireann.

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Video Nasty will be set to air on BBC NI and BBC 3 next year.

The series is written and created by Hugh Travers and will be directed by Christopher Smith and Megan K. Fox - Ailish McElmeel is series producing with Julie Baines as producer.

Writer and creator Hugh Travers -Credit:Deadpan Pictures/ Facebook
Writer and creator Hugh Travers -Credit:Deadpan Pictures/ Facebook

A description of Video Nasty reads: "Set in 1985, when the home video revolution is in full analogue swing, Video Nasty tells the story of three mostly-normal-but-kind-of-weird teenagers who go on an epic quest to complete a cult VHS collection.

"Instead, they get mixed up in a murder investigation, becoming chief suspects and public enemies. The series is a deadly, deadpan comedy with a raucous, racy, retro flavour.

"An 80’s throwback that is all about the hysterical world we live in today. Because we all love nostalgia but it’s just not what it used to be."

Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier, Co-Executive Chairmen, Boat Rocker Media and Co-Chairmen, Boat Rocker Studios said: "We’re excited to work with the fantastic team at Deadpan Pictures and our wonderful commissioning partners at the BBC, Virgin Media Television, and WDR to bring audiences back to 1985 for an unforgettable quest full of adventure, love, and true friendship."

Ailish McElmeel, Co-founder and Producer Deadpan Pictures added: "Deadpan are delighted to work with Hugh Travers and Julie Baines again and with veteran director Christopher Smith at the helm, Video Nasty is sure to be a horror-filled treat for BBC, Virgin Media Television and WDR audiences early next year”.

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