Dublin Murders

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Dublin Murders
Series title over a reflected ribcage of bone
Created bySarah Phelps
Based onIn the Woods & The Likeness
by Tana French
Screenplay bySarah Phelps
Directed by
Theme music composerVolker Bertelmann
Country of originIreland
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
  • Sarah Phelps
  • Kate Harwood
  • Noemi Spanos
  • Ed Guiney
  • Alan Gasmer
  • Peter Jaysen
  • Elizabeth Kilgariff
  • Saul Dibb
  • Tommy Bulfin
ProducerCarmel Maloney
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original network
Original release14 October (2019-10-14) –
5 November 2019 (2019-11-05)

Dublin Murders is a crime drama television series created by Sarah Phelps. It is based on the Dublin Murder Squad books by Tana French, commissioned by the BBC for BBC One and Starz, with RTÉ later joining the project. The first series, consisting of eight episodes, is adapted from In the Woods (2007) and The Likeness (2008).

Broadcast began on BBC One on 14 October 2019, on RTÉ One on 16 October 2019, and on Starz on 10 November 2019. The series ended in the UK with episode 8, broadcast on November 5, 2019, watched by 4.58 million UK viewers. In January 2020 it was reported that Starz is in talks for a second series.[1]




  • Conleth Hill as (Superintendent) O'Kelly
  • Peter McDonald as Jonathan Devlin
  • Amy Macken as Katy and Jessica Devlin
  • Leah McNamara as Rosalind Devlin
  • Jonny Holden as Damien Donnelly
  • Sam Keeley as Daniel March
  • Antonio Aakeel as Raphael "Rafe" Hyland
  • Charlie Kelly as Justin Mannering
  • Vanessa Emme as Abigail "Abby" Stone
  • Alexandra Moen as Simone Cameron
  • Kathy Monahan as Margaret Devlin
  • Ericka Roe as Alannah Shorey
  • Florence Ordesh as Mel Royce
  • Ned Dennehy as pathologist



Dublin Murders was commissioned by British public service broadcaster BBC for BBC One,[2][3] and Starz,[4] with Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ later joining the project. Produced by Euston Films, a part of the Fremantle Media group, FremantleMedia International handles international rights.[3][5] Sarah Phelps wrote the screenplay which is based on In the Woods and The Likeness, two books written by Tana French.[4][3] Carmel Maloney produced the series. Sarah Phelps, Kate Harwood, Noemi Spanos, Ed Guiney, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen, Elizabeth Kilgariff, Saul Dibb and Tommy Bulfin are executive producers.[4]


Filming commenced in 2018 in Belfast and Dublin[6] and continued in Dublin to late February 2019.[7]


No.EpisodeDirected by [8]Written by [8]Original UK air date [9]Original US air date [10]UK viewers
(millions) [11]
1Episode 1Saul DibbSarah Phelps14 October 2019 (2019-10-14)10 November 20196.01
2Episode 2Saul DibbSarah Phelps15 October 2019 (2019-10-15)17 November 20195.01
3Episode 3John HayesSarah Phelps21 October 2019 (2019-10-21)24 November 20194.74
4Episode 4John HayesSarah Phelps22 October 2019 (2019-10-22)1 December 2019N/A (<4.59)[a]
5Episode 5Rebecca GatwardSarah Phelps28 October 2019 (2019-10-28)8 December 2019N/A (<4.72)[a]
6Episode 6Rebecca GatwardChandni Lakhani29 October 2019 (2019-10-29)15 December 2019N/A (<4.72)[a]
7Episode 7John HayesSarah Phelps4 November 2019 (2019-11-04)22 December 20194.63
8Episode 8John HayesSarah Phelps5 November 2019 (2019-11-05)29 December 20194.58


The series consists of eight episodes, and was also acquired by Starz for airing in the US and Canada, while StarzPlay holds broadcasting rights for Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Brazil.[12] Dublin Murders debuted on BBC One on 14 October 2019,[9] on RTÉ One on 16 October 2019,[13] and on Starz on 10 November 2019.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Not reported in the weekly top 15 programmes for four-screen viewer ratings.


  1. ^ "Starz in Talks for Second Season of Irish Crime Drama 'Dublin Murders' – TCA". 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ "BBC - BBC One announces The Dublin Murders". BBC Media Centre.
  3. ^ a b c "Dublin Murders". Euston Films (Fremantle). Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "BBC - Killian Scott and Sarah Greene lead Dublin Murders - Media Centre". BBC.
  5. ^ "Irish stars out to solve Dublin Murders in new series". RTÉ. 4 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Dublin Murders - Euston Films". eustonfilms.tv.
  7. ^ "Wave of murders to hit Dublin as BBC films new cop drama". Independent.ie.
  8. ^ a b "Dublin Murders – Crew". Starz. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b Griffiths, Eleanor Bley (2 October 2019). "When is Dublin Murders on TV? Who is in the cast – and what is it about?". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Dublin Murders – Listings". The Futon Critic.
  11. ^ "Four-screen dashboard". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
  12. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (3 December 2018). "Starz Acquires Crime Drama Dublin Murders".
  13. ^ "Tom Vaughan-Lawlor 'jumped' at Dublin Murders role". RTÉ. 3 October 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Video: Starz Announces Premiere Date for Original Series "Dublin Murders" on November 10th with Official Trailer and Key Art". The Futon Critic. 10 September 2019.

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