Red Arrow Takes On BBC Drama Death and Nightingales


Red Arrow Studios International has picked up the distribution rights for the new drama series Death and Nightingales, based on Eugene McCabe’s modern Irish classic novel.

Adapted and directed by Allan Cubitt (The Fall), the 3×1-hour drama is an Imaginarium and Soho Moon Pictures production for BBC Two. A story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, Death and Nightingales is set in the countryside of Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1885.

The story is set over a tense 24-hour period on Beth Winters’ 25th birthday, the day she has decided to join the charming Liam Ward and escape from her limited life and difficult and complex relationship with her Protestant landowner stepfather, Billy. As decades of pain and betrayal build to a climax, the drama spotlights tensions that tear both families and nations apart.

Imaginarium’s Jonathan Cavendish (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) is on board to produce, with James Mitchell (Dreams of a Life) for Soho Moon Pictures and Tommy Bulfin (Peaky Blinders) for BBC Two as executive producers. The series is being supported by Northern Ireland Screen.