Paul Mescal drama leads Virgin Media’s new season schedule

Virgin Media have today announced their new season schedule, lead by Irish Drama The Deceived starring Paul Mescal and Emmet J Scanlan.

Here are some of the highlights:

The Deceived

This highly anticipated original Irish drama series commissioned by Virgin Media Television starring Emmet J Scanlan (Peaky Blinders, BBC) and Paul Mescal (Normal People, BBC) will launch on 7th September with two episodes airing back to back on Virgin Media One at 9pm. Virgin TV customers will get to binge watch the entire series exclusively on Virgin TV on Demand (from 7th Sept).

Filmed in Ireland, this is a compelling, sinister narrative of lust, manipulation and betrayal, the central character in ‘The Deceived’ is College student Ophelia (Emily Reid –Belgravia, Curfew), who falls in love with her married Irish lecturer, seeing in him all the answers to her needs. When their affair is interrupted by a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind.

Emmett J. Scanlan (Gangs of London, Peaky Blinders, Butterfly, The Fall) plays the timelessly attractive and charismatic Irish lecturer Dr Michael Callaghan; also stars Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones, Derry Girls) who plays Michael’s father Hugh fighting the oncoming tide of dementia. Catherine Walker (Shetland, Versailles) plays his wife Roisin, a successful, award-winning fiction writer; Eleanor Methven (Little Women) plays

Roisin’s devoted and sometimes overbearing mother Mary Mulvery; Shelley Conn (Liar) plays Roisin’s best friend Ruth, intelligent and loyal; Dempsey Bovell (Patrick Melrose) plays Matthew, Michael’s confidante and biggest admirer, and Paul Mescal (BBC’s Normal People) is Sean McKeough, a local builder who becomes Ophelia’s confidante.

Black 47

The World TV Premier of acclaimed Irish movie Black 47, staring Stephen Rea and Barry Keoghan will broadcast on Virgin Media One in October. This Irish revenge thriller follows one man’s ruthless pursuit of justice in the darkest chapter of Irish history.


Des is a true crime drama focusing on one of the most infamous criminal cases in UK history – Dennis Nilsen. Referred to as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen (David Tennant) was a local civil servant who spent five years murdering boys and young men he met on the streets of Soho, London from 1978 to 1983. He would meet and befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat.

His victims were often homeless or living off grid, having slipped through the cracks of 1980s society and were therefore welcoming of this stranger’s apparent generosity. When he was finally caught on 9th February 1983, Nilsen had murdered as many as 15 men over a period of five years, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. The story is told through the prism of three isolated men – a detective, a biographer, and Nilsen himself. While Detective Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) and the police investigation’s attempt to get justice for as many victims as possible provides the narrative and emotional spine, the relationship between Nilsen and his biographer Brian Masters (Jason Watkins) allows us to delve into the mind of one of the most emotionally elusive serial killers the world has ever seen.

Can we ever really understand the mind of a psychopathic serial killer? And, if we try, what price do we pay?


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