While discussing the lack of humor in the latest television version of Great Expectations, Andrew Davies, renowned screenwriter and adapter (Bleak House and House of Cards for television, among many others) dropped a Byrne bomb!
Davies’s latest job for the BBC is set during a very different period. He is adapting the Quirke crime novels, written by John Banville under the pen name of Benjamin Black, which are set in 1950s Dublin.
Gabriel Byrne will play Quirke, an alcoholic pathologist with a complicated private life. Davies, who has also written film scripts including for Bridget Jones’s Diary, said he often turned down offers to adapt books.
To learn more about both the writer Benjamin Black and his character, Quirke, visit:
We are breathlessly awaiting more details on the timing of this series, of course. Very exciting news!