Starz to Air Period Drama 'Death and Nightingales' This May

Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan in "Death and Nightingales" (Photo: Red Arrow)
Ann Skelly and Jamie Dornan in "Death and Nightingales" (Photo: Red Arrow)

Mark your calendars, period drama fans. Premium cable network Starz is set to air the 2018 BBC series Death and Nightingales next month. 

The three-part drama is based on the 1992 novel of the same name by Eugene McCabe and stars The Fall's Jamie DornanThe Nevers' Ann Skelly, and The Americans' Matthew Rhys

Set in 1885, Death and Nightingales is a riveting tale of love, betrayal, deception, and revenge, set in the haunting countryside of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In this undivided province of the British Empire, neighbors observe each other and inform. It’s a world of spies, confessions, and double-dealing; where a pervading sense of beauty is shot through with menace and impending doom.

The story follows a woman named Beth over the tense 24-hour period surrounding her 23rd birthday as she decides to leave the home of her landowner stepfather, Billy, to start a new life with a charming man named Liam. And if the trailer is anything to go by the events of Beth's special day look to be quite dangerous - and possibly violent. 

Watch for yourselves below.

Starz describes the series as "a powerful and gripping drama that follows a woman struggling to control her own destiny and will illuminate tensions that tear both families and nations apart."

Death and Nightingales originally aired in Ireland back in 2018, it will premiere in the U.S. on Starz beginning May 16. 

It is the latest in a series of lush period-set dramas that Starz has brought to American audiences this year - due in no small part to the global pandemic that has wreaked havoc on filming and production schedules throughout the television industry. Much like The Luminaries, which the cable network aired in February of this year, this show is also a couple of years old now, but it had still not yet found a U.S. distributor. 

What do you think of the look of Death and Nightingales? Does it sound like something you'd watch? Let's discuss in the comments.