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Saturday, August 23, 2014


(Gabriel Byrne)

Coming up on the BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DStv) from August 29 at 20h00 is the first series of Quirke.

From award winning writers Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, adapted from the books by the novelist John Banville, and set against a rich and smouldering backdrop of whiskey-soaked bars and elegant Dublin houses brimming with sexual tension, Quirke is a bold, mesmerising drama full of mystery, secrets and intrigue, starring Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon.

A consultant pathologist in the Dublin city morgue in the 1950s, Quirke is a powerful character more at ease among the cold silent slabs than the company of his fellow men. But in truth, his profession provides his greatest pleasure: inquisitive by nature, he is fascinated with unlocking the secret to these cadavers’ deaths. After a body vanishes from his mortuary one night, Quirke’s curiosity is piqued by the lengths his brother is prepared to go to cover up the cause of one young woman’s death in childbirth.

As Quirke turns accidental detective, he delves deep into the secrets of Dublin, and discovers his investigations are more closely linked to his own life than he could ever have imagined. Little by little he is forced to confront the sins of his past as he peels back the layers of his own tangled family history.