A haunting drama from acclaimed writer/director Allan Cubitt, starring Matthew Rhys, Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan.

Death and Nightingales is a riveting story of love and revenge, set in Fermanagh, Ireland in 1885. It is Beth Winters’ 23rd birthday – the day she has decided to join her secret lover, the charming, mysterious Liam Ward and escape from her difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant stepfather, Billy. Beth and the overbearing Billy live alone, bonded by the horrific death of Catherine, Billy’s wife and Beth’s mother.But their world comes crashing down when the young lovers attempt to steal Billy’s gold, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.

Based on Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic novel and written/directed by Allan Cubitt (The Fall), Death and Nightingales features an all-star cast including Emmy Award-winner Matthew Rhys (The Americans, The Post), Jamie Dornan (The Fifty Shades trilogy, The Fall) and rising new talent, Ann Skelly (Kissing Candice, Red Rock).

“The rarest of dramatic gems” – The Telegraph
“Jamie Dornan was perfectly rugged and irresistible and unreadable as Ward” – inews
“[Allan Cubitt] assembled the perfect cast to bring these complex characters to life” – Digital Spy


  • Features powerful performances from an A-list cast
  • A ratings’ hit for BBC2; increased the channel’s slot average by 25% among all Individuals

Scripted Series // Drama, 3 x 1 Hour or 2 x 90’

Written and directed by Allan Cubitt, from a novel by Eugene McCabe
Starring Matthew Rhys, Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan
Produced by The Imaginarium and Soho Moon Pictures for BBC Two (UK)

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