Banville’s pseudonym gets a TV series


GalleyCat yesterday reported that Benjamin Black (alternative penname of John Banville) is set to make his screen debut on BBC One.

“Actor Gabriel Byrne will star as the leading character, Quirke, in the three-part series of 90 minute episodes based on the books. Screenwriters  Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson have adapted the story.”

Here are more details from the release: “The series is a co-production between BBC Drama Production and Dublin-based companies Element Pictures and Tyrone Productions.  It is 3X 90 minutes and filming begins in Dublin later this year. The Executive Producers are Jessica Pope for the BBC, Ed Guiney for Element Pictures and Joan Egan for Tyrone Productions.  Lisa Osborne is the BBC Producer and John Alexander is the director of the first film ‘Christine Falls’.”

Meanwhile, Banville, as Benjamin Black, is currently working on reviving Raymond Chandler’s Detective Philip Marlowe, a story which is slated for publication in 2013.

According to the BBC Media Centre, Banville said: “I am very excited by the prospect of seeing my character Quirke incarnated by Gabriel Byrne, a perfect choice for the part.  I know both Quirke and Benjamin Black will be wonderfully served by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, two masters of their craft.”

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