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Byrne's quirky turn in 1950s Dublin 'noir'

Published 20/12/2012 | 05:00

HOLLYWOOD star Gabriel Byrne appears on the set of the TV crime thriller 'Quirke' based on the 1950s-inspired series of 'noir' crime novels by Benjamin Black, the alter ego of award-winning literary writer and dramatist John Banville.

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The 62-year-old Dublin-born actor plays the main character, Dr Garrett Quirke, a dour Dublin morgue pathologist with his own skeletons in his closet and a taste for hard drinking and solving crime in 1950s Ireland.

The three-part BBC series is being shot at the Clancy Barracks in Dublin near Heuston Station, which was also used as a set for the recent BBC co-production, 'Ripper Street', last summer.

It is co-written by acclaimed Irish playwright and screenwriter Conor McPherson who adapted the screenplay from the popular Benjamin Black series, including "Christine Falls, The Silver Swan, A Death in Summer, Elegy for April and Vengeance."

The barracks are being used as a backdrop for the Big Smoke of the 1950s featuring cobbled streets, smoky pubs and peat fires.

Allison Bray

Irish Independent

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