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‘Quirke’ Episode 1: Christine Falls Review

27 May 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John Alexander

Screenplay: Andrew Davies

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, Geraldine Somerville, Aisling Franciosi, Nick Dunning

The BBC have taken some gambles on high profile detective dramas over the past few years. There was Zen with Rufus Sewell set in sumptuous Italy and Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander in a Sweden of buttery fields and bleak coastlines. The former died on its perfectly-formed backside and the latter took off but its star has a busy schedule. An initially unpromising setting of gloomy 1950s Dublin is the latest stalking ground for Quirke with Gabriel Byrne, and on this evidence there are the makings of a compelling saga with a few chunks of mystery thrown in for good measure.

Based on the books by Benjamin Black, Dr. Quirke is a pathologist, so ideally placed to be in the thick of a case, or at least follow in its aftermath and reawaken it as in tonight’s offering, »

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