On the list of stuff we want to see, let’s put Quirke, a new BBC series based on the novels of John Banville writing as Benjamin Black. Set in the 1950s, the series stars Gabriel Byrne as Quirke (no first name necessary), chief pathologist in the Dublin city morgue. The cast includes Stanley Townsend (you’ve seen him in Zen and Sherlock) and Michael Gambon (yeah, yeah, he’s Dumbledore; but he’ll always be Maigret to us).
The first three episodes are based on the novels Christine Falls, The Silver Swan, and Elegy for April. Will they air in the U.S.? That’s a mystery. Right now, the U.K. air date is still given as “sometime this autumn.” Nevertheless, there’s lots of talk about this series… and now we’re talking about it, too.