BBC has announced a new psychological thriller based on the Dublin Murder Squad novels.
Dublin Murders follows troubled detectives Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddocks (Sarah Greene) as they struggle to uncover the truth behind two disturbing murders in Ireland.
When the body of a thirteen-year-old girl is discovered on an altar in the woods, the mysterious circumstances echo that of a case twenty-one years earlier, where three boys, also aged thirteen, entered the same woods and only one returned.
The thriller grapples with insanity and rationality, where the secrets of the detectives’ dark past re-emerge to disrupt the present.
Drawn from Tana French’s bestselling Dublin Murder Squad book series, the story will combine the first two novels: In the Woods and The Likeness.
Renowned screenwriter Sarah Phelps (Ordeal by Innocence) will adapt the series, which is set during Ireland’s ‘Celtic Tiger’ economic boom in 2006.
Phelps commented: "The books are about a country trying to come to terms with a modern identity but through the prism and the bell jar of the past.
"What I wanted to do in my adaptation was to write about modernity, but also about fairy tales, myths and folklore."
Scott said that the show ‘doesn’t shy away from the darker recesses of the human mind’, as the series portrays psychological trauma through a gothic, almost supernatural lens.
With an all-Irish cast, the series will explore the grittier, sinister underbelly of Dublin that is rarely depicted on screen.
Dublin Murders starts Monday 14th October at 9pm on BBC One.