Saturday, August 25, 2012

Benjamin Black's Quirke Novels Adapted for BBC One

Gabriel Byrne to play Quirke

Based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville), Quirke is a new series for BBC ONE adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson and starring Gabriel Byrne in the title role.

Quirke (we never get to know his Christian name) is the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue – a charismatic loner whose job takes him into unexpected places as he uncovers the secrets of sudden death in 1950s Dublin. 

The three feature length episodes each take their stories from different books in the series, ‘Christine Falls’ and ‘The Silver Swan’ by Andrew Davies and ‘Elegy for April’ by Conor McPherson.  Commissioned by Danny Cohen, Controller BBC One and Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning.

John Banville said:  “I am very excited by the prospect of seeing my character Quirke incarnated by Gabriel Byrne, a perfect choice for the part. I know both Quirke and Benjamin Black will be wonderfully served by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, two masters of their craft. “ 

John McColgan, Founding Director, Tyrone Productions adds:   “As a friend and colleague of Gabriel Byrne over the years I am thrilled to see him bringing the brilliant mercurial character of Quirke as created by John Banville to screens worldwide.  BBC Drama has brought an incredible pool of writing talent to this project and I’m looking forward to seeing their scripts going into production.”

The series is a co-production between BBC Drama Production and Dublin-based companies Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions.  It is 3 X 90 minutes and filming begins in Dublin later this year. The Executive Producers are Jessica Pope for the BBC, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures and Joan Egan for Tyrone Productions.  Lisa Osborne is the BBC Producer and John Alexander is the director of the first film ‘Christine Falls’.

The latest novel in the Quirke series "Vengeance" was just released from Henry Holt.


Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I'm not familiar with this series at all, but I love Gabriel Byrne, and tend to enjoy forensic-type mysteries.

vallerose said...

I think this is perfect casting-an Irishman of the correct age to play an Irishman. Plus Gabriel Byrne is a wonderful actor. Look forward to the series.

Nina said...

This sounds wonderful! I love Gabriel Byrne. Will we be able to see it in the US?

Janet Rudolph said...

I'm sure we will get it, but probably not on all PBS stations.. hope it goes to Netflix.