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Starz Acquires New BBC Detective Series 'Dublin Murders'
12 Dec 2018 : News Desk
US Network Starz has acquired the rights to ‘Dublin Murders’, a new eight-part TV series based on Tana French’s ‘Dublin Murder Squad’ novels, which is being adapted by Sarah Phelps for the BBC.

The psychological crime thriller will be led by Irish duo Killian Scott (‘Damnation’) and Sarah Greene (‘Rosie’) who will play detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox, and is set to feature on BBC One, Starz and RTÉ with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

‘Dublin Murders’ is drawn from 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.

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 as we will discover, 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.

‘Dublin Murders’ boasts a strong 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.

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.

Speaking about the series, actor Sarah Greene said:

“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.”

Actor 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 Phelps, Writer and Executive Producer, added:

"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.”

Ed Guiney, Element Pictures Executive Producer, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be part of bringing Tana French’s utterly absorbing and highly evocative Dublin set thrillers to the screen. In Sarah Phelps and Saul Dibb, our amazing cast and crew and our friends at Euston, Veritas, BBC and Starz, we have incredible talent guiding this exciting adaptation.”

The 8x60’ series is produced by Carmel Maloney, the lead director is Saul Dibb (The Duchess, Suite Francaise, NW), supported by John Hayes (Bancroft) and Rebecca Gatward (Shetland). The series was commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Susan Lewis for Starz and will be produced by Euston Films, Element Pictures and Veritas for BBC One, Starz and RTÉ with support from Northern Ireland Screen.

The executive producers are Sarah Phelps and Saul Dibb; Noemi Spanos and Kate Harwood for Euston Films, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen for Veritas Entertainment Group and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.

‘Dublin Murders’ is due for release in 2019.

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