Irish-British thriller series Dublin Murders in production
by Davide Abbatescianni
- The upcoming eight-episode TV series is currently being filmed in Belfast and Dublin, and is based on Tana French’s novels
Love/Hate star Killian Scott and talented young actress Sarah Greene (Rosie [+see also:
film profile], Dublin Oldschool) will be the protagonists of Dublin Murders, an upcoming psychological-thriller series, set during the financial boom years when the Irish economy was known as the “Celtic Tiger”. The couple will portray two detectives called Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox, who will be tasked with investigating two mysterious murders. The victims are a talented young ballerina, who is found dead on an ancient stone altar, and a free-spirited woman, who is found stabbed in a roofless famine cottage. The story is based on Tana French’s bestselling books and has been adapted for the small screen by Sarah Phelps, who has penned a number of British TV series, such as Hooten & the Lady, And Then There Were None and Ordeal by Innocence.
The stellar cast also includes actors Moe Dunford (Rosie), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Maze [+see also:
film profile]), Leah McNamara (Metal Heart), Ian Kenny (Sing Street [+see also:
film profile]), Eugene O’Hare (Prometheus), Jonny Holden (Women on the Verge), Conleth Hill (The Truth Commissioner) and Peter McDonald (England Is Mine [+see also:
film profile]). The project’s lead director is Saul Dibb, best known for his features Journey’s End [+see also:
interview: Saul Dibb
film profile] (screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival) and Suite Française [+see also:
film profile], released in 2015 and set during the early years of the German occupation of France. In addition, Rebecca Gatward (Cold Feet, Shetland) and John Hayes (Bancroft, Home Fires) will direct a number of episodes.
Sarah Phelps and Saul Dibb will serve as executive producers, whilst Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos will produce for Euston Films (UK), Peter Jaysen and Alan Gasmer for Veritas Entertainment (UK), Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC and Ed Guiney for Element Pictures (Ireland). The eight-episode TV series has been commissioned by BBC decision-makers Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore, and has been backed by Northern Ireland Screen.
Dublin Murders is now being filmed in Belfast and Dublin, and is set to air on RTÉ and the BBC in 2019. Furthermore, US network Starz has recently announced the acquisition of its broadcasting rights. FremantleMedia International (UK) is currently in charge of its international distribution.
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