‘Taken Down’ is a gritty and high-profile Irish crime drama, which follows the investigation after the murder of an asylum-seeking refugee, named Esme. The series is executive produced by Spiral Pictures’ Suzanne McAuley and directed by David Caffrey. It is written by best-selling author Jo Spain and Stuart Carolan.
The show first premiered on RTE in 2018, after which it was soon announced that it would be distributed on the international platform. In the US, the drama releases exclusively on AcornTV.
Taken Down Cast: Who’s in it?
‘Taken Down’s cast is lead by Lynn Rafferty, starring as Detective Jen Rooney. Rafferty is an Irish actress, well-known for her roles on ‘Love/Hate’ and ‘Ripper Street’. She is joined by Aissa Maiga (‘Anything for Alice’, ‘Bianco e Nero’) as Abeni Bankole, Brian Gleeson (‘Resistance’, ‘Phantom Thread’) as Wayne, Orla Fitzgerald (‘The Young Offenders’) as Niamh, Jimmy Smallhorne (‘Love/Hate’, ‘Clean Break’) as Gar, Barry Ward (‘End of The F*cking World’, ‘The Fall’) as Matt, Enoch Frost (‘Skyfall’, ‘The Desert’) as Benjamin, and Slimane Dazi (‘A Prophet’, ‘Rengaine’) as Samir.
All the main cast members are expected to return for season 2, if and when it happens.
Taken Down Plot: What is it about?
This revealing, engaging Irish drama is set in Dublin, where the body of a dead Nigerian girl is discovered at a bus stop, leading to a detailed investigation into her death. Inspector Jen Rooney and her crew of detectives unravel a series of clues that point them to a housing center for asylum-seekers in the vicinity. However, when asked to come forward, the residents are fearful of the investigators — either terrified of being deported or simply suspicious of the cops. They are reluctant to reveal anything.
The story exposes the fragile world of refugees and the impact that the investigation has on their lives. While certain exiled individuals find themselves as suspects, others harbor intense traumas that are unraveled as the inquiries progress — at times, leading to tragic aftermaths. The center’s manager also repeatedly intervenes in the procedures, leading to increased chaos.