Sarah Phelps is reteaming with BBC One for Dublin Murders, a new psychological crime thriller.
The series is based on Tana French’s internationally 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. Phelps is no stranger to adaptations, having brought a slew of impressive Agatha Christie dramas to the Beeb in recent years, from And Then There Were None to, this Christmas, The ABC Murders.
The eight-part series blends the first two of French’s novels, In the Woods and The Likeness, to deliver a dark mystery with a tap root that drops deep down into Ireland’s past, foreshadows the future and brings insight to its present. 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 as we will discover, are actually knitted together by powerful shared themes.
Killian Scott (Strike) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) will play Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox, while Saul Dibb will be at the helm as lead director.
Killian Scott says: “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 says: “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.”
Phelps adds: “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. 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.”
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC, Executive Producer, says: “It is fantastic to be working alongside the brilliant Sarah Phelps again with this dark, timely and gripping adaptation of Tana French’s compelling novels.“
Dublin Murders has a majority Irish cast that includes Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Frank, supported by 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 series is produced by Euston Films, Element Pictures and Veritas Entertainment Group for BBC One, Starz and RTÉ with support from Northern Ireland Screen.