The Mirror reports today that the BBC has lined up The Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne to play the lead role in a major new drama series.
Gabriel – who has of course an impressive list of movie credits under his belt, including role in Miller’s Crossing, Stigmata and End of Days and on whom I’ve had a crush for years – will play “hard-drinking” Irish pathologist, Quirke.
The drama, which has been adapted from the Benjamin Black novels by Andrew Davies, is set in 1950s Dublin, with Byrne’s character described as a “charismatic loner.”
Quirke is the chief at the city’s morgue, but he also likes to dabble in a spot of murder solving his spare time.
A TV insider said, “Quirke is a dour depressive, who is widowed and childless and in love with his dead wife’s sister – who is married to someone else…
“But he occupies a rich and smouldering world, with bars that glimmer with peat fires and whiskey to elegant Dublin houses brimming with sexual tension.
“It’s a time full of mystery, secrets and intrigue.”
The first three feature length episodes will air next year, and of the drama, BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen said, “The raft of exciting new programmes I’m announcing today are at the heart of what I believe BBC1 stands for…
“Combining the biggest names and the most ambitious programmes with a major new commitment to creative risk and innovation.”
And Ed Guiney, who is that Executive Producer at Element Pictures, added, “Noir Dublin in the 50s seen through John Banville’s eyes is such an appealing prospect.
“And who better to go on the journey with than Gabriel Byrne. We could not be more excited about being part of bringing this to the screen with the BBC and Tyrone.”
It’s expected that Quirke will air later this year or early in 2013.