Proof (2004 TV series)

Proof is an Irish television series, co-produced by Subotica for broadcast on RTÉ; it was first broadcast on 5 January 2004.[1] Starring Finbar Lynch and Orla Brady as investigative journalists Terry Corcoran and Maureen Boland, Proof lasted for two series, with a second series, subtitled Prescription for Murder, airing in April 2005.[2] The series was a co-production with TV2 of Denmark, and as such, both series were broadcast in the region in 2006. Likewise, both series aired on PBS in the United States and were released on DVD in January and April 2007.[3][4] In 2009, both series were broadcast by Scottish broadcaster STV.

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GenreCrime drama
Created byTony Philpott
Written byTony Philpott
Eric Deacon
Alan Whiting
Tim Loane
Directed byCiaran Donnelly
Thaddeus O'Sullivan
ComposersJohn Gerard Walsh
Ray Harman
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producersMary Callery
Tristan Lynch
Dominic Wright
ProducerJo Homewood
CinematographyPeter Robertson
EditorStephen O'Connell
Running time50 minutes
Production companySubotica
Original release
NetworkRTÉ One
Release5 January 2004 (2004-01-05) –
25 April 2005 (2005-04-25)

The first series was directed by Ciaran Donnelly and the second by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. Tristan Lynch and Mary Callery acted as executive producers. Both series were filmed on location in Ireland. The series was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and became a ratings success for RTÉ, becoming the channel's most watched drama in 2004, beating off soap opera Fair City. Orla Brady also received an Irish Film and Television Award nomination for Best Actress in a TV serial in 2004, and the first series was also up for nomination for best TV serial.



Proof was created by Tony Philpott, who also wrote the first two episodes of the first series. Proof notably made headlines when it was discovered that Philpott's original screenplay had been "dumbed down" by network executives and some of the more politically critical elements had been removed. The screenplay was read by a Sunday Times TV critic, who noted the excisions and wrote about them in an article separate to his TV column.

The column, printed on 1 February 2004, wrote: "It could almost be the plot of a whodunit. A television station commissions a hard-hitting drama set against the sleazy backdrop of Irish political corruption. The designated writer delivers the goods with a script that station bigwigs hail as one of the grittiest and most convincing they’ve ever read. Then, somewhere between the green-lighting of the project and the first day of principal photography, the script is eviscerated. Its astringent depiction of crooked politics, Irish-style, is watered down to bland, generic mush."





Series 1 (2004)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Episode 1"Ciarán DonnellyTony Philpott5 January 2004 (2004-01-05)
The discovery of a connection between a small-time thief's murder and the death of a crooked accountant, piques the interest of investigative reporter Terry Corcoran. Further digging leads him into a sordid scandal involving human trafficking, high finance and high stakes politics.
2"Episode 2"Ciarán DonnellyTony Philpott12 January 2004 (2004-01-12)
With the election imminent, Maureen takes up her new position as Media Relations Officer at the Social Democrats HQ. Meanwhile, Erskine's body is discovered by Amy, his secretary and it appears as if he's shot himself. Nina has been up all night, worrying about her sister and looking through Club Veeda's credit card scanner that she stole from the club the night before. She identifies the owners of Club Veeda as Endigo Entertainment and tells Terry that they are running a scam, copying the numbers from credit cards into a palmtop computer. Terry advises her to take the evidence to the Gardaí and goes to gather information on Erskine's apparent suicide for an article in the Northside Chronicle.
3"Episode 3"Ciarán DonnellyAlan Whiting19 January 2004 (2004-01-19)
4"Episode 4"Ciarán DonnellyEric Deacon26 January 2004 (2004-01-26)

Series 2: Prescription for Murder (2005)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
51"Episode 1"Thaddeus O'SullivanTim Loane4 April 2005 (2005-04-04)
Terry investigates the deaths of two scientists, ex-workers of Irish pharmaceutical giants Chemacran. Maureen, now a journalist working for the same paper as Terry, is also chasing a scoop on the MD of Chemacran. Elsewhere, Cora is desperately trying to find a reason for the death of her partner Maurice which she firmly believes wasn’t suicide, but murder.
62"Episode 2"Thaddeus O'SullivanTim Loane11 April 2005 (2005-04-11)
73"Episode 3"Thaddeus O'SullivanTim Loane18 April 2005 (2005-04-18)
84"Episode 4"Thaddeus O'SullivanTim Loane25 April 2005 (2005-04-25)


  1. ^ "Proof (TV Series 2004–2005) - IMDb". IMDb. Archived from the original on 23 October 2022. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  2. ^ "Drama on RTE One Television". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Proof: Season 1". Amazon. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  4. ^ "Proof: Prescription for Murder". Amazon. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2024.