One of our picks for the ten best dramas this Autumn, Death and Nightingales airs late November on BBC Two.
Adapted from Eugene McCabe’s classic novel of the same name, the three-part drama stars Ann Skelly (Red Rock), Matthew Rhys (The Americans) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall).
The nineteenth century period drama is set in the rural countryside of Fermanagh, Ireland, following young catholic Beth Winters (Skelly) and her dysfunctional relationship with her Protestant stepfather Billy Winters (Rhys).
“I’m not sure he knows who he is,” said Matthew Rhys. “He’s a very troubled man who lost his wife ten years ago in a horrific accident and raised his step-daughter on his own, sadly we’re not quite sure when, but his feelings for his step-daughter have crossed over into a slightly dark place.”
Feeling the pressures of a constricted environment, Beth looks to escape her life and encounters the mysterious Liam Ward (Dornan).
“We don’t know what his intentions are but there's an undercurrent of something sinister,” Jamie Dornan said of his character. “He has a big impact on the proceedings of the story from when we first meet him until the end.”
Struggling to find control in her life Beth makes a huge decision on her 23rd birthday that will bring to light tensions that cause pain and tragedy for families and nations alike.
“It’s a different take on a period piece with a young woman at the centre,” said Skelly. “It’s not just looking over misty hills, there’s a lot of action and terrible things happen.”
Announced back in May 2018, Death and Nightingales was adapted and directed by Allan Cubitt (The Fall).
“It’s a complex novel that has at its heart a kind of twisted love story and triangle,” added director Allan Cubitt. “It’s essentially about treachery and betrayal and how it impacts on people across generations.”
The first episode of Death and Nightingales will air on Wednesday 28th November at 9.00pm on BBC Two.