Resistance (miniseries)

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Also known asRebellion Season 2
GenreHistorical fiction
Spy fiction
Created byColin Teevan
Written byColin Teevan
Directed byCatherine Morshead
StarringBrian Gleeson
Aoife Duffin
Simone Kirby
Natasha O'Keeffe
Gavin Drea
ComposerVince Pope
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes5
ProducersCatherine Magee
Catherine Dunne
CinematographyDavid Marsh
EditorJustin Krish
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time52 minutes per episode
Production companiesZodiak Media Ireland
Touchpaper TV
Original networkRTÉ One
Picture format1080i 16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 January (2019-01-06) –
3 February 2019 (2019-02-03)
Preceded byRebellion

Resistance (released as Rebellion Season 2 on Netflix) is a 2019 television miniseries written by Colin Teevan for Irish broadcaster RTÉ, dramatising the events surrounding the Irish War of Independence.[1][2]

Set during the time of Bloody Sunday in 1920, it is a sequel to the 2016 miniseries, Rebellion, which was set during the 1916 Easter Rising.[3]


Filming began in October 2016.[4]


Characters returning from Rebellion[edit]

New characters[edit]

Episode list[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"January 6, 2019 (2019-01-06)
2"Episode 2"January 13, 2019 (2019-01-13)
3"Episode 3"January 20, 2019 (2019-01-20)
4"Episode 4"January 27, 2019 (2019-01-27)
5"Episode 5"February 3, 2019 (2019-02-03)


The first episode was criticised for departure from historical fact; Teevan had already resigned himself to such, he admitted in an interview with The Irish Times.[5][6]

The Irish Catholic criticised what they called the "nasty nuns" subplot; in the historical event that the adoption storyline was based on, Josephine Marchment Brown, a widow working in Victoria Barracks in Cork, lost custody of her son to her in-laws who took the boy to Wales. The IRA kidnapped the boy back for her in return for her passing information to them.[7] Foreign adoptions from mother-and-baby homes, of the kind depicted in Resistance, did not begin until the 1940s.[8][9]

Chris Wasser of the Irish Independent awarded the first episode three stars, saying "What we have here is a reasonably capable and competent drama that, though rough around the edges, suggests we may be in for a stronger and tighter run than last time. […] It isn’t nearly as vital or as thrilling as it needs to be, and Catherine Morshead’s flat direction doesn’t help. But there is something here."[10]

Website IrishCentral was more positive, saying "The first episode of Resistance is deliciously plotted with loyalty, betrayal, irony, but most of all, the bravery of ordinary Dubliners taking on the greatest intelligence service in the world and, as history tells us, eventually winning. Resistance is not to be missed."[11]


  1. ^ Stacey, Sarah (4 January 2019). "RTE Drama 'Resistance' Looks At Ireland During The War Of Independence".
  2. ^ "Resistance". RTÉ.ie. 17 December 2018 – via www.RTÉ.ie.
  3. ^ Barry, Aoife. "'Sometimes being true to history you get as much flack': Historical drama Resistance's creator on annoying Twitter".
  4. ^ "Resistance sequel to Rebellion from RT to begin filming next week - The Irish Film & Television Network".
  5. ^ Clarke, Donald. "'Resistance': Let the arguments about historical truths begin". The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "There was a mixed reaction to RTÉ's new War of Independence drama, Resistance".
  7. ^ Duffy, Rónán. "What is the truth behind Resistance's forced adoption storyline that really got people talking?".
  8. ^ Bracken, Amy. "Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and 'the bogey of proselytism' in Catholic Ireland".
  9. ^ "The Irish babies adopted to the US, now adults in a legal limbo". Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Resistance review: 'It isn't nearly as vital or as thrilling as it needs to be - but there is something here'".
  11. ^ "Irish War of Independence drama "Resistance" opens with a bang". 7 January 2019.

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