GRAHAM Norton’s bestselling novel Holding has hit our TV screens.

The drama aired on ITV, with some fans of the book wondering where the series was filmed.

Graham Norton's Holding is new to ITV


Graham Norton’s Holding is new to ITVCredit: ITV

Where is Holding set?

Holding is set in the fictional village of Duneen, West Cork, on the edge of Ireland.

The ITV series is a compelling murder mystery, which centres around the quirky villagers.

The show focuses on the local village bobby, Sergeant PJ Collins, who prefers a quieter life.

His world is turned upside down when he is suddenly put in charge of investigating a murder, which forces him to connect to the community that he usually tries to avoid. 

Where was Holding filmed?

Principal photography took place on location in West Cork with support from Screen Ireland.

Shooting for Holding began in July 2021 and wrapped in October 2021, with scenes shot across West Cork including Skibbereen.

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Cast and crew were spotted in Drimoleague in August 2021.

Locals got to see director Kathy Burke in action, as production took over the small village.

The ITV and Virgin Media were spotted filming in the streets of Drimoleague for their three-day shoot.

A former pub-turned-art-gallery in the town centre was converted into a typical West Cork bar for the show 

Local man Paul O’Brien. told CorkBeo: “The crew were very busy setting up and Kathy Burke, the director, was spotted earlier.

“The premises where they are shooting was a pub that closed down a few years ago, it’s been opened as art gallery, the Corner Gallery, and the interior is still a pub so it probably works very well for them.”


This quaint village was also used for filming.

It was in this location that the series wrapped filming in October 2021.

Again cast and crew were seen taking over the town and transforming it into the fictional village of Duneen.

Castletownshend was originally developed around a small 17th-century castle built by Richard Townsend, whose descendants still reside there. 

When is Holding on ITV?

The four-part drama is an adaptation of Graham Norton’s bestselling novel Holding, which was released back in 2016.

The show is directed by Kathy Burke, written by Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan, and produced by Happy Prince and Port Pictures.

And it started at 9pm on Monday, 14 March, 2022.

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