Quirke is a three part crime noir series based on John Banville’s series of crime novels written under the pen name Benjamin Black. Amazing that I loved this show so much since I haven’t been able to get into a Banville book enough to finish one! I guess I should try this series. I loved Gabriel Byrne in this. I love him in anything actually. Byrnes plays Quirke, we never know his first name, a pathologist in 1950’s Dublin. It’s a beautiful period piece. It aired in 2014 on RTE and then BBC One. Michael Gambon plays Quirke’s adoptive father.
The first episode is based on the first book in the series Christine Falls:
It’s not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It’s the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse—and concealing the cause of death.
It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious—and very well-guarded—secrets of Dublin’s high Catholic society, among them members of his own family.
Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize winner John Banville’s fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black’s debut marks him as a true master of the form.
Watch the RTÊ trailer…
You can watch clips on this show on the BBC site.
I really need to read these books! I did find a headline, while looking for info on this series, dated March 16, 2018 that states Byrnes returns to Dublin to film series two of Quirke! I can live in hope! This series doesn’t seem to be available in many places. I did find it on Amazon. You can buy episodes or watch it with a trial of Britbox through Amazon. Click on the link for Amazon above. Have you seen it? Have you read any of the books? What did you think of it?
Another Irish TV series I really enjoyed is Jack Taylor, a mystery drama set in Galway based on the Jack Taylor series of books by Ken Bruen. Jack is an old-school detective, a maverick, a hard drinking man, thrown off the force for one too many ‘incidents’. He starts picking up cases the cops won’t touch and begins a career as a ‘finder’, private eye sounds too much like an informant. Iain Glen plays the lead character and he is excellent in this role of a battered, hard-broiled and broken man. Again books I have not read. I did come across a Bruen book once at a sale, but didn’t pick it up.
Jack Taylor trailer…
There are four seasons of this series! This series is available on Netflix, Acorn, or Amazon Prime.
Have you read any of these books or seen this show? Did you like it?