It’s a reunion (of sorts). Jamie Dornan, who played serial killer Paul Spector on all three seasons of The Fall, is reuniting with series creator Allan Cubitt with a starring role on his new three-part BBC Two drama Death And Nightingales.
Dornan will play Liam Ward. “I’m thrilled to be reunited with Allan and his brilliant scripts to play such an intriguing character like Liam Ward and to return to Northern Ireland and BBC Two”, he said in a statement.
Based on Eugene McCabe’s novel, Death And Nightingales is a story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the beautiful, haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885. Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ 25th birthday – the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy. As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, this powerful and gripping drama illuminates tensions that tear both families and nations apart.
Dornan will be joined in the main cast by The Americans star Matthew Rhys and Ann Skelly (Red Rock) as Billy and Beth Winters, respectively. “I’ve been a huge fan of Allan Cubitt’s work for many years so I’m thrilled to have been given the chance to work on Death And Nightingales alongside Jamie and Ann and return to the BBC”, Rhys said.
While Skelly added: “Playing such a strong character as Beth Winters is truly an actor’s dream, and a fantastically intense challenge to be given the opportunity to play. And to get to work with such brilliant actors like Matthew and Jamie, and a director like Allan Cubitt, is just surreal to me. I can’t wait to start!”
Allan Cubitt penned the scripts for the adaptation and serves as the director, after having previously directed the second and third seasons of The Fall. It was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. Imaginarium and Soho Moon are producing, with Jonathan Cavendish serving as the series producer. The executive producers are James Mitchell for Soho Moon and Tommy Bulfin for BBC Two. Production is set to get underway in Northern Ireland this summer. Death And Nightingales is being supported by Northern Ireland Screen. Red Arrow Studios International will handle global sales.