Quirke, the detective character who recurs throughout the works of the Man Booker Prize-winning Irish novelist John Banville (who is better known under the pen name Benjamin Black), is making his screen debut in a new television series from BBC ONE.
Actor Gabriel Byrne will star as Quirke in the three-part series of 90 minute episodes based on the books. Screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson have adapted the story, which is
Here are more details from the release: “The series is a co-production between BBC Drama Production and Dublin-based companies Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions. It is 3X 90 minutes and filming begins in Dublin later this year. The Executive Producers are Jessica Pope for the BBC, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures and Joan Egan for Tyrone Productions. Lisa Osborne is the BBC Producer and John Alexander is the director of the first film ‘Christine Falls’.”
Meanwhile, Black is currently working on a new Philip Marlowe novel which is slated for publication in 2013.