A haunting new drama from acclaimed writer/director Allan Cubitt, starring Matthew Rhys, Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan
Death and Nightingales is a riveting story of love and revenge, set in the beautiful countryside of Fermanagh, Ireland in 1885; a world of spies, deception and betrayal, with simmering tensions of class, politics and religion that threaten to tear the country apart.
Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, it is Beth Winters’ 23rd birthday – the day she has decided to join her secret lover, the charming, mysterious Liam Ward and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather, Billy. Beth and the overbearing Billy live alone, bonded not by blood but the horrific death of Catherine, Billy’s wife and Beth’s mother.
But their world comes crashing down around them when the young lovers attempt to steal Billy’s gold. When he learns of their betrayal – and when Beth discovers a fresh grave dug by Liam that is meant for her – a devastating chain of events is set in motion in this thrillingly dark and haunting tale.
Based on Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic novel, Death and Nightingales is adapted and directed by Allan Cubitt (The Fall, Prime Suspect) and produced by Jonathan Cavendish (Bridget Jones’s Diary, Elizabeth: The Golden Age). It features an all-star cast including Emmy Award-winner Matthew Rhys (The Americans, The Post), Jamie Dornan (The Fifty Shades trilogy, The Fall) and rising new talent, Ann Skelly (Kissing Candice, Red Rock).
Scripted Series // Drama, 3 x 1 Hour or 2 x 90’
Written and directed by Allan Cubitt, from a novel by Eugene McCabe
Starring Matthew Rhys, Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan
Produced by The Imaginarium and Soho Moon Pictures for BBC Two (UK)