The acclaimed RTÉ drama 'Pure Mule' is returning for a two-part special.

Written by Eugene O'Brien, directed by Declan Recks and produced by Accomplice Television, 'Pure Mule: The Last Weekend' is now shooting in and around Birr, Co Offaly.

'The Last Weekend' finds Scobie (Garrett Lombard) preparing to leave for Australia, Jennifer (Charlene McKenna) back home for a family funeral and the whole town trying to come to terms with the recession.

The cast also includes Dawn Bradfield, Simone Kirby, Gail Fitzpatrick, Orla Fitzgerald and Liam Carney.

Commenting, Jane Gogan, Commissioning Editor RTÉ Drama, said: "This new instalment offers us the opportunity to take a look at recessionary, midlands Ireland through the eyes of familiar characters with the warmth and fun of the original series.

"Eugene has written a tremendous script about a world he knows intimately.

"Jennifer and Scobie are such iconic characters and it's a real privilege and pleasure to be able to reintroduce them to our audience."

The original award-winning series of 'Pure Mule' will be repeated on RTÉ in late July.