BBC2 has greenlit Northern Ireland-set drama Death and Nightingales, starring Matthew Rhys, Jamie Dornan and Ann Skelly.

Made by Imaginarium Productions and Soho Moon, the 3×60-min drama is adapted and directed by Allan Cubitt (The Fall).

Based on Eugene McCabe’s book, Death and Nightingales is a story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the countryside of Fermanagh in 1885.

Set over a 24- hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 25th 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).

Decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, as Winters struggles to control her own destiny – illuminating the tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

Commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, the executive producers are James Mitchell for Soho Moon and Tommy Bulfin for BBC Two.

Produced by Jonathan Cavendish (Breathe), Death and Nightingales is supported by Northern Ireland Screen and Red Arrow Studios International will distribute worldwide. Filming will begin in Summer in Northern Ireland.


Staff Reporter

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