Virgin Media and AMC join forces for crime drama

87 Films boards international co-pro The Vanishing Triangle

By Marian McHugh 2 Sep 2022

Virgin Media and AMC join forces for crime drama
India Mullen. Credit: Hamilton Hodell

Irish broadcaster Virgin Media Television and AMC’s Sundance Now have ordered a crime drama from a trio of indies including the UK’s 87 Films.

The Vanishing Triangle is a 6 x 60-minute series inspired by the true events of several women who disappeared without trace from the same area of Ireland in the 1990s. It will be produced alongside Ireland’s Park Films and US production house Paper Plane Productions.

Reporter Lisa Wallace (India Mullen) works in the face of prejudice and police incompetence to investigate the murder of her own mother 20 years before, while detective David Burke (Allen Leech), helps Wallace with her case while struggling to come to terms with his own sexuality.

The project was originally developed by Park Films and Screen Ireland. It was commissioned for Virgin Media Television by Bull Malone, director of content, and Sinéad Stimpfig, commissioning lead, and for Sundance Now by Shannon Cooper, vice president of programming.

Patrick Irwin exec produces for 87 Films, which his also behind ITV’s Wild Bill and Alibi’s Miss Scarlett and The Duke, alongside Park’s AnneMarie Naughton and Ana Habajec and Alon Aranya for paper Plane. Adam Barth and Lucy Roberts will serve as executive producers for Eccho Rights.

The drama was created by Ivan Kavanagh, who shared writing duties with Sally Tatchell and Rachel Anthony. It is directed by Rebecca Johnson.

“The Vanishing Triangle 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,” said Malone.

Cooper added: “The Vanishing Triangle is an expertly crafted, character-driven thriller with the exact international appeal the Sundance Now audience craves.”

Though the characters and events in the drama are fictional, producers spoke with the families of several of the women who went missing in the vanishing triangle in the hopes that the series will bring their stories back into the public eye.

Gina Sinnott, a cousin of Fiona Sinnott, who went missing from the area in 1998, said: “Any series that can shine a spotlight on these stories could be a great help and get people talking. 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.”

This article originally appeared on KFTV's sister site, Broadcast.

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