Dublin Murders has arrived on BBC One but is the cop thriller based on a true story?

We haven’t been able to move for thrilling cop dramas hitting our screens in recent weeks. 

ITV’s A Confession has been gripping audiences since early September but it’s now the turn of the BBC and their new series Dublin Murders, which got underway on October 14th and continued on October 15th, to give audiences a dramatic thrill-ride.

The series follows two Dublin detectives as they work to uncover the culprit behind the murder of a young ballerina whose body was found in the woods on an ancient stone altar.

It’s a grim and gruesome tale that delves deep into the psychology of the detectives as they try to solve the case but is Dublin Murders based on a true story? 

What is Dublin Murders about?

After the discovery of a young girl’s body, detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox are tasked with solving a most bizarre and gruesome murder that will not only test their working relationship but delves into their internal psyche. 

Starring as the mean, moody and magnificent detectives are Killian Scott and Sarah Greene. 

The duo are joined in the series by the likes of Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Ned Dennehy and Game of Thrones’ Conleth Hill in supporting roles.

For more cast details, check out Dublin Murders on IMDb.

Is Dublin Murders a true story? 


While ITV’s A Confession was based on the real-life murder of Sian O’Callaghan, the new BBC drama Dublin Murders is not based on a real-life event.

What is the BBC drama based on?

What it is based on, however, is a novel series by American author and Dublin resident Tana French.

Dublin Murders is an adaptation of French’s first two novels in the Dublin Murder Squad series, In the Woods and The Likeness.

In total, there are six books in the Dublin Murder Squad series, meaning that if the BBC adaptation does well, there could be several more series in the pipeline in the coming years.

Dublin Murders arrived on BBC One on October 14th with the first episode now available on BBC iPlayer. The series is set to continue each Monday and Tuesday at 9pm until the eight-episode run ends on November 5th.  

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