EXCLUSIVE: Michael Gambon (Harry Potter), Nick Dunning (The Tudors), Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter), Sara Stewart (Batman Begins), Stanley Townsend (The Shadow Line), Brian Gleeson (Snow White & The Huntsman) and Aisling Franciosi (The Fall) have all been cast as series regulars in BBC One’s upcoming drama series Quirke. They join previously announced cast member Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment), who plays the titular character Quirke.
Based on the series of novels by Irish writer Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning author John Banville), Quirke is a new 3-episode drama series which was adapated for television by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson. Each of the three episodes are based on a different book in the series of novels – Christine Falls, The Silver Swan and Elegy for April, respectively. The drama series follows the eponymous chief pathologist in the Dublin City Morgue (played by Gabriel Byrne) – a charismatic loner whose job takes him into unexpected places as he uncovers the secrets of sudden death in 1950s Dublin. It’s a rich and smouldering world along whose smoky streets and damp alleys Quirke goes from bars that glimmer with peat fires and whiskey to elegant Dublin houses brimming with sexual tension.Each episode will see him investigate the death of one of the unfortunate souls who end up on his mortuary slab. But as Quirke turns accidental detective he discovers his investigations are often more closely linked to his own life than he could ever have imagined. Little by little he is forced to confront the sins of his past as he peels back the layers of his own tangled family history.