Death and Nightingales is a three part adaptation for BBC Two.
The Beeb saga has been based on Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic, Death and Nightingales. The programme makers note the lavish production will be ‘a riveting story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the beautiful haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885 when all of the country is an undivided province of the British Empire.’
A haunting tale of love and deception, it is a place where neighbours observe each other and inform; a world of spies, confessions and double-dealing; where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom.
Matthew Rhys of The Americans and The Post fame leads the cast alongside Ann Skelly from Red Rock and Jamie Dornan who has appeared in The Fall.
Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 23rd birthday – the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax.
Death and Nightingales is, the Beeb state, ‘a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.’
The production has been supported by Northern Ireland Screen and is produced by Imaginarium Productions and Soho Moon.
Episode one airs Wednesday November 28th at 9pm on BBC Two.