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Dublin Murders

Dublin Murders

  • Premiered: 
    October 14, 2019
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  • Network: BBC1
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the series of books (Dublin Murder Squad) by Tana French 
  • Subject Matter: Mystery
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Tana French's internationally bestselling Dublin Murder Squad books, the first season of DUBLIN MURDERS blends the first two novels, "In The Woods" and "The Likeness," threading the stories together to create a series that is part psychological thriller, part police investigation, with a shiver of modern gothic.

On a hot August afternoon in 1985, three friends, Peter, Jamie and Adam, ride their bikes into the thick, green, cathedral hush of Knocknaree woods. Only Adam is found. Peter and Jamie are never seen again. Not hide nor hair, no remains, no bones, no sign. Nothing. As if they were never there at all. As if some secret door in the woods opened and slammed shut again. And as for the one left behind, as for Adam, there is absolutely no memory at all of where his friends or what happened to him before he was found, alone and screaming in the deep, dark woods.

Twenty-one years later, on another hot August day, Detective Rob Reilly and Detective Cassie Maddox follow the trail of police incident tape deep into the same green hushed Knocknaree woods. At the centre is an ancient stone altar. Arranged on the altar, dappled with sunlight, as if she were sleeping, is the body of Katy Devlin. Her skull has been fractured and she's been suffocated. She is only 13 years old, the same age the three friends were when Peter and Jamie vanished and Adam forgot everything.

Rob and Cassie have been partners working murder for some time. They're both outsiders; Rob is English and Cassie, well, women are still rare in the male-dominated world of homicide detectives. They're friends, they work almost telepathically together, they understand each other, and they get results, uniquely bonded by their own troubled histories, their griefs and the losses that haunt them. Against his better judgement, Rob is savagely hooked into his own past and a painful primal wound. Protected by his intense friendship with Cassie, he plunges into darkness and a reckoning that he hoped never to face. Beached by the case and betrayal, when a vibrant young woman is found dead in a roofless famine cottage, Cassie chooses to immerse herself in a dangerous undercover operation in search of a killer. Once inside the dead woman's graceful Georgian house, she unexpectedly finds the home and family that she's never had. But this is a family full of secrets and riven by rivalry and fear. As they draw Cassie in and threaten to destroy her she has to choose between the truth and her sense of who she is and where she came from.

DUBLIN MURDERS had its U.S. premiere on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT on Starz.
On Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, Starz premiered the eighth and final episode, as Rob and Cassie are forced into a face-to-face reunion.