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Merlin‘s lead actor Colin Morgan has set his sights on a new BBC drama series entitled Quirke, which is based on the books by Irish writer John Banville. (Updated!)

The new crime thriller Quirke, starring Gabriel Byrne in the title role, has been optioned by BBC One. It is based on the John Banville (who wrote under the pseudonym Benjamin Black) novels Christine Falls, The Silver Swan and Elegy for April, and has been adapted for television by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson.

Each episode of the series will see Quirke, the chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue, investigating the deaths of the people who end up on his mortician’s slab. “But as Quirke turns accidental detective,” the press release reads, “he discovers his investigations are often more closely linked to his own life than he could ever have imagined.” This will lead Quirke to discover more about his “tangled family history,” as his dark past is revealed to the audience.

Three feature-length episodes (90 minutes each) have been planned so far, each focusing on a different book in the series. Actor Chris Newman, who has landed a role in the Elegy for April episode, tweeted earlier today that he will be working with Merlin star Colin Morgan – so while Morgan’s name does not appear in the press release, it seems like he has indeed been cast in this project:


We are very excited to see this talented Merlin actor find work, and Quirke seems like a very interesting project. We do not yet know what role Morgan will be playing or if he will only be appearing in the one episode, but we will keep you updated as this story develops.

Other actors that will be appearing in this drama include Michael Gambon, Geraldine Somerville, Sara Stewart, Brian Gleeson and Malachy Griffin.

The series began shooting in Dublin, Ireland in November 2012.

Update: As of today, January 16, it is official that Colin Morgan will indeed be appearing, playing the character Jimmy Minor. The official BBC twitter account confirmed the news:

Jimmy Minor is a reporter and close friends with Quirke’s daughter Phoebe (played by Aisling Franciosi). In Elegy for April, the character is introduced when one of their mutual friends is murdered.

Are you excited to see Colin Morgan in this role? Learn more about his character Jimmy Minor!

Merlin fans, be sure to check out our original Month of Merlin articles celebrating the final season of the series, and our ultimate list of the top 50 things we love about the show!

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq


    • SonickedYou

      Best comment ever, Tariq.


    Amazing! I can’t to know more about Colin’s role in this new drama and other projects!

  • Winkyxx

    I miss him and Bradley though…
    Collin! Follow my voice!!
    Please tell me someone remembers the behind the scenes in the cave!!

    • http://twitter.com/Dragon_Lord29 Rebekah Vitello

      I do!!! And I can’t wait for this!! =D

    • http://twitter.com/HunteriHeroici5 Princess Pendragon

      Ahahahah :D Remember it well! :D

  • ravenclaw1991

    So excited. The only way I could be happier is if Colin and Bradley did another project together.. I need to see more Brolin as well :)

  • Stella Kuru

    Filming began in Dublin on November 19, 2012 and is scheduled to go through February, 2013. The series is to air in late 2013.


    • http://hypable.com Selina

      Whoops, will update the article thanks!

      • Stella Kuru

        No problem. Gabriel Byrne and others have already filmed the first 2 episodes, “Christine Falls” and “The Silver Swan” and now they are moving on to “Elegy for April,” the last of the episodes. This series is going to be great! And read the books by Benjamin Black–they are wonderful. Thanks!

        • http://hypable.com Selina

          I’m very tempted to, the story sounds fascinating! Obviously I was covering this news from the CM angle (as I cover Merlin news for the site) but I actually can’t wait to see the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1452340078 Cara Catanzaro Rule

    OMG- thank you so much for the update. Colin’s fans have been absolutely starved for news about what he’s going to do next!

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    YES! He is so talented, put him in everything.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1452340078 Cara Catanzaro Rule

    I must say I think they’ve been a bit remiss in not listing him on the press release. Something tells me his talent is underappreciated.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    YES! so excited :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/monique.himan Monique Basamot Himan

    it’s so refreshing to watch colin on other tv show & working different actors/actress aside from merlin although i love to watch merlin! can’t wait to watch this new tv show he have!

  • Amélie

    I was waiting for Colin’s new project. So happy to hear about it. But really I would like to see Colin rather in a movie than in a new TV show. But never mind, a very good new anyway

  • mazzi

    golly gee hes so handsome!!! I love Colin and Bradley and willmiss their bond as Merlin and Arthur more than any other show ive watched ever!!!

  • Ruth

    Not for me. Want Merlin back

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1452340078 Cara Catanzaro Rule

    Looks like a good part! Jimmy Minor is a reporter and a friend of Quirke’s daughter Phoebe! Cannot wait to see this! Must read the books now!

  • sara

    i cant wait to see colin

  • http://twitter.com/NewLife11986 NewLife

    Yes so very excited! I LOVE COLIN MORGAN.

  • Corey

    I am thrilled for Colin and sad for me since the show will be on BBC One and I am in the U.S. I hope that it eventually makes its way here.

  • Gmariam

    Don’t forget : Colin was nominated for a National Television Award and I think voting closes next week! As much as I love Benedict Cumberbatch, I thought Colin was amazing this season!

  • pig

    can’t wait, indeed. Give him more jobs ah ah want to see his acting.

  • mike

    Colin is my hero and will forever be.

  • Ana Paula Bispo Neves

    Sou super fã do Colin! Espero que o seriado venha para o Brasil

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