Killian Scott (Strike) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) will star as detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox in Dublin Murders, a new BBC One psychological crime thriller.
Dublin Murders is based on Tana French’s bestselling Dublin Murder Squad novels. Each book is led by a different detective from the same team and their signature is an intense emotional connection between cop and crime.
This eight-part series is created and written by Sarah Phelps (And Then There Were None, Ordeal by Innocence) and blends the first two novels, In the Woods and The Likeness, to deliver a dark psychological mystery with a tap root that drops deep down into Ireland’s past, foreshadows the future and brings insight to its present.
This series, set during the height of the Celtic Tiger financial boom of the millennium, will focus on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic Detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox. The victims – a young talented ballerina who is found dead on an ancient stone altar and a vivacious free-spirited woman who is found stabbed in a roofless famine cottage – are seemingly unrelated, but are actually knitted together by powerful shared themes: the macabre ‘red in tooth and claw’ elements of both stories and their heart-thumping psychological thriller qualities.
Lead director Saul Dibb brings a cinematic vision to the production, opening the series with ambition and flare and casting in depth from a richly talented pool of Irish actors.
Killian Scott said, ‘I couldn’t be more delighted to join the creative team behind Dublin Murders. Sarah Phelps has beautifully adapted Tana French’s compelling novels into a complex and dark exploration of memory, identity and the potentially devastating consequences of pursuing truth. The chance to stumble into this world alongside the wonderful Sarah Greene and under the guidance of our brilliant directors.’
Sarah Greene added, ‘I’m delighted to be cast in Dublin Murders. To work alongside such talented people as Killian Scott, and the entire creative team is a joy. The writing is brilliant and dark and it’s thrilling to give Tana French’s words a new life on screen through the wonderful Sarah Phelps.’
‘I was so delighted to have been asked to adapt Tana French’s rich, thrilling novels In The Woods and The Likeness and from them create the complex, strange world of Dublin Murders,’ commented writer and executive producer Sarah Phelps. ‘I’m so excited and proud to see my scripts coming to life under the guidance our brilliant directors Saul Dibb, John Hayes and Rebecca Gatward and I’m in total awe of our peerless cast of blazing Irish talent.’
Further cast for Dublin Murders includes Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Frank, Moe Dunford as Sam, Leah McNamara as Rosalind, Ian Kenny as Phelan, Eugene O’Hare as Quigley, Jonny Holden as Damien with Conleth Hill as O’Kelly and Peter McDonald as Jonathan.
The eight-part series is produced by Carmel Maloney and will be directed is Saul Dibb (The Duchess, Suite Francaise, NW), supported by John Hayes (Bancroft) and Rebecca Gatward (Shetland).