Dublin Murders star Killian Scott has said crime fiction fans are set for a "very Irish" adaptation of Tana French's books when the new series begins soon on RTÉ One and BBC One.

The much-anticipated thriller sees French's first two books, In the Woods and The Likeness, brought together in adaptations by Sarah Phelps, who has re-imagined Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Witness for the Prosecution and Ordeal by Innocence for the BBC. 

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Love/Hate star Scott plays Detective Rob Reilly opposite Rosie star Sarah Greene as Detective Cassie Maddox, with the cast of the series also including Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Moe Dunford, Ian Kenny, Eugene O'Hare, Jonny Holden, Conleth Hill, Leah McNamara and Peter McDonald.

When asked by the BBC about the depiction of Dublin that viewers would see onscreen, Scott replied: "One of the things I liked about this show was that the humour felt uniquely Irish. It's extremely dark, and it is something I miss when I'm away from Ireland." 

Killian Scott as Detective Rob Reilly and Sarah Greene as Detective Cassie Maddox in Dublin Murders

"There's a certain type of gallows humour that the cops in the show have with each other, and it's a little bit cynical but very Irish.

"As for the version of Dublin that is portrayed, we see tightly-knit small communities completely unravel due to a local incident, in this case a murder. That element was particularly Dublinesque for me." 

"Previously, I worked on a show called Love/Hate which focused on gangland stuff in Dublin," Scott continued.

"It's a topic that has been explored before when using Dublin as a setting. What Dublin Murders does is that it goes further in depth, giving greater insight into other elements, such as the police department and property development."

"The show also doesn't romanticise Dublin, it shows the gritty, dark underbelly of the place," Scott explained. 

"There is also this mythical quality to Dublin Murders, there is an ominous presence, you start to get this idea that these woods are somehow alive. 

"It's a haunting quality that's hard to describe, but when you see it, with the sound and the visuals, it's something you get a sense of very quickly."

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