Quirke (TV series)

Quirke is a British-Irish crime drama television series that was first broadcast on BBC One and RTÉ One in 2014. The three-part series is based on the Quirke novels by John Banville, writing under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, and was adapted by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson.[1]

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  • Crime
  • Drama
Written by
Directed by
Composer(s)Rob Lane
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jessica Pope
  • John McColgan
  • Ed Guiney
  • Joan Egan
Producer(s)Lisa Osborne
Production location(s)Dublin
  • Alan Almond
  • Tony Miller
  • Ruairi O'Brien
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)
  • BBC Drama Production
  • Element Pictures
  • Tyrone Productions
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 February (2014-02-16) –
2 March 2014 (2014-03-02) Republic of Ireland
25 May 2014 (2014-05-25)
8 June 2014 (2014-06-08) United Kingdom
External links

Regular castEdit

Complete main castEdit

Character Christine Falls The Silver Swan Elegy For April
Gabriel Byrne
Malachy Griffin
Nick Dunning
Phoebe Griffin
Aisling Franciosi
Jdg. Garret Griffin
Michael Gambon
Insp. Hackett
Stanley Townsend
Brian Gleeson
Sarah Griffin
Geraldine Somerville
Deirdre Hunt Anne Gill Charlie Murphy
Rose Crawford Sara Stewart Sara Stewart
Sister Stephanus Lesa Thurman
McCoy Diarmaid Murtagh
Brendan Boyle Peter Coonan
Davy Frank O'Sullivan
Fr. Hawkins Garrett Lombard
Brenda Rutledge Janet Moran
Dolly Moran Bríd Brennan
Costigan Pat Laffan
Josh Crawford Donald Sumpter
Delia Aoibhinn McGinnity
Sister Dominic Deirdre Donnelly
Claire Stafford Catherine Steadman
Maisie Jane McGrath
Andy Stafford Shane Taylor
Garda Dermot Sam McGovern Gerard Adlum
Maggie Aine Ni Mhuiri
Billy Hunt Branwell Donaghey
Hakim Kreutz Aaron Neil
Mrs. Cuffe-Wilkes Donna Dent
Leslie White Lee Ingleby
John Millican David Murray
Jimmy Minor Colin Morgan
Bill Latimer Ian McElhinney
Patrick Ojukwu Obi Abili
Margaret Bernadette McKenna
Mrs. Leetch Barbara Adair
Isabel Galloway Flora Montgomery
Oscar Latimer Aidan McArdle
Celia Latimer Dearbhla Molloy
Fr. Anselm Denis Conway


Quirke was commissioned by Danny Cohen and Ben Stephenson. The executive producers are Jessica Pope for the BBC, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures and Joan Egan for Tyrone Productions and Lisa Osborne as producer.[2] A £389,388 production loan from the Irish Film Board was provided for the series.[3] The series was filmed in Dublin,[4] from 19 November 2012 to 8 March 2013.[5][6] Filming locations include Baggot Street, Camden Street and the main set at Clancy Barracks.[6]

RTÉ One began broadcasting the series before BBC One, debuting on 16 February 2014.[7] The series has been sold to five broadcasters and will air in Germany (Degeto), Croatia (HRT), Denmark (Danmarks Radio), Iceland (RÚV) and Slovenia (RTV).[8] The series was also broadcast on BBC UKTV in New Zealand in March 2014 and on NERIT in Greece in January 2015.[9] The series began broadcasting in the US (PBS) on 3 April 2015, and on Knowledge Network in Canada in August 2015.[10]

Episode listEdit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Christine Falls"John AlexanderAndrew Davies16 February 2014 (2014-02-16) (RTÉ One)
25 May 2014 (2014-05-25) (BBC One)
Guest starring: Denis Conway, Peter Coonan, Michael Gambon, Brian Gleeson, Jane McGrath, Diarmaid Murtagh, Peter O'Byrne, Frank O'Sullivan, Geraldine Somerville, Catherine Steadman, Sara Stewart, Shane Taylor and Lesa Thurman
2"The Silver Swan"Diarmuid LawrenceAndrew Davies23 February 2014 (2014-02-23) (RTÉ One)
1 June 2014 (2014-06-01) (BBC One)
Guest starring: Branwell Donaghey, Sam McGovern, Charlie Murphy and Aaron Neil
3"Elegy for April"Jim O'HanlonConor McPherson2 March 2014 (2014-03-02) (RTÉ One)
8 June 2014 (2014-06-08) (BBC One)
Guest starring: Colin Morgan, Chris Newman, Flora Montgomery, Neana Nimotobi and Noni Stapleton

Home mediaEdit

The DVD edition of Quirke was released in the UK on 9 June 2014.[11]


  1. ^ "TV drama's gone criminal, period". Evening Standard. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Major Anglo-Irish co-production brings John Banville's acclaimed novels to BBC One". BBC. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Quirke, BBC1". Broadcast. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (22 September 2013). "'It was almost a Taliban-esque society': Gabriel Byrne goes crashing into the past in 'Quirke'". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ Hall, Eva (1 November 2012). "Gabriel Byrne's 'Quirke' Sets Clancy Barracks Shoot Date". IFTN. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Newe, Dylan (7 March 2013). "'Quirke' wraps filming as BBC eye autumn air date". IFTN. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  7. ^ "New "Irish noir" drama Quirke begins tonight". RTÉ. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  8. ^ Newton, Aisling (14 February 2014). "New Crime Thriller 'Quirke', TX Sunday 16th". IFTN. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Quirke - Α' τηλεοπτική μετάδοση" [Quirke - First Television Broadcast] (in Greek). Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Quirke Knowledge.ca". knowledge.ca. Knowledge Network. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Quirke [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 11 June 2014.

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