Quirke (TV series)

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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 series 1
No. of episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jessica Pope
  • John McColgan
  • Ed Guiney
  • Joan Egan
Producer(s) Lisa Osborne
Location(s) Dublin
  • Alan Almond
  • Tony Miller
  • Ruairi O'Brien
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s)
  • BBC Drama Production
  • Element Pictures
  • Tyrone Productions
Original channel
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Original airing 16 February 2014 (2014-02-16)
External links

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]


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


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.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Christine Falls" John Alexander Andrew Davies 16 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 Lawrence Andrew Davies 23 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'Hanlon Conor McPherson 2 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 media[edit]

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


  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). [http://www.iftn.ie/news/ act1=record&only=1&aid=73&rid=4286858&tpl=archnews&force=1 "New Crime Thriller ‘Quirke’, TX Sunday 16th"]. IFTN. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Quirke [DVD]". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 

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