A chilling tale of murder in Dublin

Are you ready for an unsettling whodunnit from the pen of one of the best mystery writers in the business? Then the Dublin Murders on BBC First (119) is perfect for you.

The year is 1984. It’s a warm summer’s evening in the Dublin suburb of Knocknaree. But three children are about to be reported missing – they haven’t returned from playing in the woods. The police go in search but find only one boy – gripping a tree trunk, covered in blood and with no memory of what had happened to him or the missing others.

Twenty years later, a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods. Detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox – partners and close friends – are on the case. They soon find it’s oddly similar to the previous unsolved mystery involving the three boys. So begins Tana French’s Dublin Murders. And the plot is about to thicken mightily...

Dublin Murders is an eight-episode adaptation of two of the best-selling Irish American mystery author Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad novels – In the Woods and The Likeness. Vulture described French as the best living mystery writer, saying her work has “near-religious devotion”. The Guardian, meanwhile, describes the TV series’ source material as “among the most intricately plotted, beautifully written and psychologically acute examples of the genre that you will find.”

Dublin Murders follows Detective Rob Reilly (Killian Scott) and Detective Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene). In a show full of Irish characters, Rob is the only one with an English accent? Why is that? Well, if you watch the series, you’ll find out soon enough.

Rob’s partner, Cassie, is a young detective who has quickly risen up the ranks. “She’s very determined and very headstrong and is also a very manipulative person,” says Sarah. Of his character, Killian says: “I would say that’s where Rob’s real fixation lies: it’s in the truth, which he pursues ruthlessly.”

You may also recognise Lord Varys from Game of Thrones, AKA Conleth Hill, who plays O’Kelly.

Like all the best mysteries, Dublin Murders is a slow burner, so don’t miss a minute!

Starts Sunday 1 December on BBC First (119) at 21:00

Missed an episode?

Sign up for DStv Now – it’s an online streaming service for all DStv subscribers. Watch the channels you watch on your decoder at home, but on the Internet! Go to now.dstv.com on your laptop and Catch Up on the episodes you missed.