New picturesque Irish drama The South Westerlies follows a single mum and environmental consultant in Dublin keen on earning a highly prized job promotion. However, it requires a return to the town she has avoided for 15 years, where she has a personal, complicated history and prefers to keep old secrets firmly under wraps.
Kate Ryan (Orla Brady, American Horror Story: 1984, Into the Badlands, Star Trek: Picard, Interviews Available) is on the verge of a lucrative promotion at Noreg Oil and a move to their HQ in Oslo until her employer adds a last-minute caveat – a final assignment in Ireland for their company's new wind-power subsidiary, NorskVentus. Despite getting planning permission for their wind farm offshore from the West Cork town of Carrigeen, ongoing local protests are creating a PR nightmare. Kate must go undercover to Carrigeen and pretend to be a vacationer to quash objections before an appeals deadline and smooth the path for imminent turbine installation. When Kate arrives along with her teenage son, Conor (Sam Barrett, The Happy Prince), she faces an eco-battle as she quickly discovers that the anti-wind farm lobby is much stronger than NorskVentus led her to believe.
It's not just the spectacular scenery that's under pressure – Kate's eco-battle is compounded by "Big Mike" Kelleher (Patrick Bergin, Sleeping With The Enemy, Patriot Games), the town's local councillor who is firmly on the fence about the wind farm, and the return of an old boyfriend, crinkly-eyed surfer Baz Crowley (Steve Wall, Raised by Wolves, The Witcher). Her old friend, Breege (Eileen Walsh, Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose), who runs the local café, is unhappy with Kate's reappearance after 15 years of silence and is not so quick to forgive her comrade's neglect. The pressures mount for Kate as tensions rise from local protestors, Breege is on to Kate as to why she has stayed away from Carrigeen all this time and a surfing accident puts things in perspective.
This bingeworthy, light-hearted six-part series also features Ger Ryan (Little Dog, Rialto) and a guest role from Sorcha Cusack (A Discovery of Witches, Father Brown) as Kate's mother, Goldie.