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Jamie Dornan and Matthew Rhys to star in BBC drama Death and Nightingales

Jamie Dornan

Story by Jack Foley

JAMIE Dornan and Matthew Rhys are to star in new BBC drama Death and Nightingales, a three-part historical drama set in 19th Century Northern Ireland.

The two will join Ann Skelly, whose previous work includes Kissing Candice, Red Rock Rebellion and Little Women.

Set in Northern Ireland in 1885, Death and Nightingales is described as a story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge that follows a young woman’s struggles to control her own destiny.

The action takes place over a 24-hour period during which Skelly’s character, Beth Winters, decides on her 25th birthday to escape her limited life and difficult relationship with her landowner stepfather (Rhys), with the aid of the charming Liam Ward (Dornan).

Producer Jonathan Cavendish commented: “We are thrilled to combine the wonderful talents of Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan with the remarkable new star-in-the-making Ann Skelly.”

Death and Nightingales has been adapted for the BBC by Allan Cubitt from a novel by Eugene McCabe. Shooting is due to begin on location in Northern Ireland this summer.

For Dornan, the show will mark a reunion with writer-director Cubitt, who previously directed him in crime drama The Fall between 2013 and 2016.

It will, however, be the first time The Americans star Rhys has worked with Cubitt.