Award-winning production company Element Pictures, known for their acclaimed works such as “Normal People” and “Conversations with Friends,” has officially commenced filming for the highly anticipated second series of the comedy-drama “The Dry.” The production is a collaboration between Element Pictures, ITVX, RTÉ, Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland, and ITV Studios.
The eight-part comedy drama, written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Nancy Harris and directed by Paddy Breathnach, is set to captivate audiences once again with its intriguing storyline. Returning to the series is Roisin Gallagher, who will reprise her role as recovering alcoholic Shiv Sheridan. Alongside Gallagher, the second series will introduce a talented cast of newcomers, including Michael McElhatton as Finbar, Bernie’s close companion, and Thommas Kane Byrne as Billy, Ant’s nemesis. Furthermore, Sam Keeley joins the ensemble as Alex, a charming barista who might bring a touch of real love into Shiv’s life.
Joining the new faces are Seán Doyle, Helen Norton, and Ruth Codd, adding their talents to the already impressive cast. The series will also see the return of familiar actors, including Ciarán Hinds as Tom, Pom Boyd as Bernie, Siobhán Cullen as Caroline, Moe Dunford as Jack, Adam Richardson as Ant, and Emmanuel Okoye as Max. The second series of “The Dry” will be exclusively available for streaming on ITVX and RTÉ next year, while the first series is currently accessible on ITVX and RTÉ Player, which has amassed over 700,000 streams to date.
Continuing the story from the first series, the second installment picks up seven months after the events that unfolded. The Sheridan family appears content with their new normal, with Shiv maintaining her sobriety and financial stability, Ant keeping his job and relationship intact, and Caroline indulging in newfound experiences. However, the question remains: Is their current situation truly normal? Living with their parents as adults raises eyebrows, prompting speculation about their true happiness and whether they’ve merely traded one dysfunction for another. Shiv is determined to maintain her sobriety and eliminate toxic influences from her life, but what if the biggest threat to her stability lies within her own family? Giving up alcohol is one thing, but can she give up her family as well?
Roisin Gallagher expressed her excitement about reprising the role of Shiv, stating, “I am thrilled to be jumping back into Shiv’s shoes once more. It has been a joy to work with the returning cast from series one, and this time we’ve welcomed some new faces to share the chaotic shenanigans of the Sheridan’s life. I cannot wait to see where this next chapter takes us; there are so many more hilarious twists and turns in her continuous battle to stay sober.”
Executive Producer Emma Norton of Element Pictures shared her enthusiasm, remarking, “We all fell in love with the Sheridan family in season one, and so it’s a huge treat to get to spend more time in their company. Nancy has crafted a hilarious and heartbreaking arc for this season, and Paddy is leading our wonderful Irish cast and crew to bring this fantastic new chapter to life.”
Nana Hughes, Head of Scripted Comedy, expressed her anticipation, saying, “We have all loved joining Shiv on her journey and getting to know her bonkers family, the Sheridans; our viewers are looking forward to reuniting with this amazing cast of characters next year.”
Dermot Horan, Director of Acquisitions & Co-Productions for RTÉ, added, “RTÉ is delighted to be able to invite our viewers back into the manic, hilarious, but at times very recognisable Sheridan household. The first series resonated with our viewers on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player, and it forms an important pillar in our strategy to work with the best Irish writing, acting, and directing talent.”
Following the first series’ recent success at the 2023 IFTAs, where it won awards for Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama and Best Original Score, the second instalment promises to be an exciting chapter in the show’s ongoing development.
Executive producers Emma Norton, Ed Guiney, and Andrew Lowe will lead the production under the Element Pictures banner, along with Nancy Harris and Paddy Breathnach. Ingrid Goodwin will be producing the series, while ITV Studios handles global distribution for “The Dry.” Filming is currently underway in various locations in and around Dublin.