The final Magdalene Laundry was shut down in 1996. As The Woman in the Wall notes, these are a more modern injustice than some viewers may realise.
Series creator Joe Murtagh added: “Outside of Ireland, in my experience, this isn’t really known about, and with the people who do tend to know about it, it’s because they’ve seen films including the Magdalene Sisters or Philomena.
“When you read into it, you see how harrowing it was, the scale of it, and how many tens of thousands of lives it’s touched. It was a bit of history that interested me and engaged me emotionally, but the driving factor was just people not knowing about it enough.”