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Bodkin (TV series)

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Created byJez Scharf
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Ireland
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producers

Running time44–56 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)

Bodkin is a dark comedy thriller television series, consisting of seven episodes, created by British writer Jez Scharf. It premiered on Netflix on May 9, 2024.[1][2]


Gilbert Power, an American podcaster looking to discover his Irish roots, travels to Bodkin, an Irish coastal town, to investigate a cold case involving the disappearance of three people. He is joined by Dublin-born Dubheasa "Dove" Maloney, an investigative journalist in London who is sent on assignment after the death of her source, a government whistleblower.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"One True Mystery"Nash EdgertonJez ScharfMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
2"Who We Are"Nash EdgertonAlex MetcalfMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
3"Perfectly Innocent Life"Bronwen HughesUrsula Rani SarmaMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
4"Poison or Something"Bronwen HughesMegan Mostyn-BrownMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
5"Peace in Our Time"Johnny AllanOneika BarrettMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
6"Ends Justify Means"Bronwen HughesMike O'LearyMay 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)
7"Empty Your Pockets"Paddy BreathnachTeleplay by : Paddy Campbell
Story by : Jez Scharf
May 9, 2024 (2024-05-09)


Referred to as both Bodkin and On Record,[3] the seven-episode series is created by Jez Scharf as Higher Ground's first scripted series at Netflix, in collaboration with wiip. Scharf and Alex Metcalf serve as co-showrunners and executive produce the series with Tonia Davis for Higher Ground, David Flynn and Paul Lee for wiip, and Nne Ebong. Nash Edgerton, Bronwen Hughes, Johnny Allan and Paddy Breathnach served as directors,[4] while Mike O'Leary joined the writing room.[1]

In June 2022, it was announced Will Forte would lead the series alongside Siobhán Cullen, Robyn Cara, David Wilmot, and Chris Walley.[1]

Principal photography began in West Cork in summer 2022, and took six months. Other filming locations included Wicklow and Dublin.[5]


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 69% approval rating with an average rating of 6.3/10, based on 39 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Bodkin's satire of true crime investigation could use a more compelling mystery to hang its quips on, but the series' sheer eccentricity makes for an intriguing enough tale from the old sod."[6] Metacritic assigned a weighted average score of 59 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]


  1. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (17 June 2022). "Will Forte To Star In 'Bodkin' Drama Series At Netflix From The Obamas' Higher Ground & Wiip". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  2. ^ Rice, Lynette (April 2, 2024). "'Bodkin': Netflix Drops Trailer, Reveals Premiere Date For Dark Comedy From The Obamas' Higher Ground". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 2, 2024.
  3. ^ Moore, Kasey (10 October 2023). "On Record / Bodkin: Everything We Know About Netflix's New Comedy Thriller Series". What's on Netflix. Retrieved 11 December 2023.
  4. ^ Fish, Rory. "Netflix's "Bodkin" Offers Irish Talent The Chance To Shine". Top 10 Films. Retrieved 2 April 2024.
  5. ^ Barter, Pavel (26 February 2023). "A new RTE show and a project for Netflix — it's a big year for Siobhan Cullen". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 15 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Bodkin: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 May 2024.
  7. ^ "Bodkin: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 May 2024.

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