Death and Nightingales: BBC unveil first look at new drama

Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan is set to reunite with The Fall creator Allan Cubitt and the BBC for a new three-part series based on Eugene McCabe’s classic novel, Death and Nightingales.

Dornan will appear alongside The Americans‘s Matthew Rhys and Red Rock‘s Ann Skelly in the Irish-set series that unfolds over a 24 hour period. Allan Cubitt will write and direct the series himself.

The BBC have issued a first-look picture at the series, which you can see above, and its lengthy synopsis goes as follows;

… Death and Nightingales is a riveting story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the beautiful haunting countryside of Fermanagh in 1885. A place where neighbours observe each other and inform, a world of spies, confessions and double dealing, where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom.

Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, it’s Beth Winters’ (Ann Skelly) 23rd birthday – the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward (Jamie Dornan) and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather Billy (Matthew Rhys). As decades of pain and betrayal finally build to a devastating climax, Death And Nightingales is a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

That all sounds very dramatic, and Death and Nightingales was shot in the last few months so the BBC have prepped it to air this autumn on BBC Two.

More news on this series as we hear it.