Dervla Kirwan has told the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 that her new RTÉ One series Smother is "Celtic noir", and that her character Val has "a unique way of manipulating the truth".
The Kate O'Riordan-penned series begins on RTÉ One on Sunday night, taking viewers into the "highly dysfunctional" Ahern family following the death of Val's "psychological terrorist" husband, Denis (Stewart Graham). The Ahern daughters are played by Gemma-Leah Devereux, Seána Kerslake and Niamh Walsh.
Kirwan said the Co Clare-set series explores "the privilege and wealth of the family and the power that they've wielded in this town".
"I think that's very important and recognisable as a dynamic for a lot of people in Ireland," Kirwan continued.
"She [Val] has this catastrophic, cataclysmic event that happens in the first episode - her husband dies - which reveals a hell of a lot of secrets that she has to...
"She's been very choosy, shall we say, with how she's viewed her life. She's the 'rose-tinted glasses' kind of version. And that's ripped off her and she has to really face up to a few demons that she's colluded in, shall we say."
Smother, Sunday, RTÉ One, 9:30pm