Banville's Quirke novels to be BBC1 dramas

Banville's Quirke novels to be BBC1 dramas

John Banville’s Dublin-set crime novels are set to appear on BBC1 as three feature-length dramas.

The books, written by Banville under the name Benjamin Black, follow 1950s Dublin pathologist Quirke as he investigates the deaths of those who wind up in his mortuary.

In the new adaptations, titled "Quirke", he will be played by Gabriel Byrne, with screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson creating the period scripts.

Three of Banville’s novels will be adapted in the Anglo-Irish production, Christine Falls, The Silver Swan, and Elegy for April, all published by Picador.

Banville said: “I am very excited by the prospect of seeing my character Quirke incarnated by Gabriel Byrne, a perfect choice for the part. I know both Quirke and Benjamin Black will be wonderfully served by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, two masters of their craft.”

Filming is due to begin on location in Dublin later this year.