Death and Nightingales: Miniseries (2018)


Miniseries
Death and Nightingales

Critics Consensus

Death and Nightingales deploys superb British talent to ably furnish an absorbing drama with the coiling undercurrent of duplicity, but some viewers may view the series' stony seriousness to be more leaden than stirring.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 6

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Air date: Nov 28, 2018

A riveting story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, based on the novel by Eugene McCabe. On the day of her 23rd birthday, Beth hopes to leave the only home she has ever known.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2018

A riveting story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, based on the novel by Eugene McCabe. Maurice Fairbrother believes Liam Ward is involved in an Irish-American plot against the British rule in Ireland.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2018

Billy is at odds with Beth when he learns of her deception. Ward and Beth set out on a voyage to the island, but will they reach their final destination?

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Death and Nightingales: Miniseries Videos

Tv Season Info

Based on the modern Irish classic, "Death and Nightingales" is a story of love, betrayal, deception and revenge, set in the haunting countryside of 1885 Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. This undivided province of the British Empire is a world of spies and double dealing. Set over a desperately tense 24-hour period, Beth Winters spends her 23rd birthday with the charming Liam Ward as they escape from her limited life and difficult Protestant stepfather.

Cast & Crew

Matthew Rhys
Billy Winters
Ann Skelly
Beth Winters
Jamie Dornan
Liam Ward
Charlene McKenna
Mercy Boyle
Sean McGinley
Bishop Donnelly
Aoibheann Mullan
Young Beth
Francis Magee
Mickey Dolphin
Michael Smiley
Dummy McGonnell
Martin McCann
Frank Blessing
Paul Kennedy
CI Joseph Quinn
Valene Kane
Catherine Winters
Eugene O'Hare
Constable Shanley
Tommy Bulfin
Executive Producer
Phil Robertson
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Death and Nightingales Miniseries

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (7)

The performances are mostly strong, but the subject matter is so dense, the cultural and religious details so complex, and the affection toward melodrama so unrepentant.

May 10, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It is solid entertainment for the darkening winter evenings - and the story of a country in the process of painfully dividing itself has a timeliness of its own.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Billy could easily be a straight-up-and-down villain but Rhys's portrayal is so wonderfully nuanced he brings us a complex man who wants to love but just doesn't know how.

Dec 11, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The desired tone, I think, is a kind of Ulster version of Deadwood, a creation parable for the problems of the 20th century, but there is a fine line between powerful and self-parodic.

Dec 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

In a TV drama landscape heavily populated by police procedurals, high-octane thrillers and family psychodramas, this was the rarest of dramatic gems - one that pushes and challenges understanding - and it's impossible not to be drawn in.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a heavy drama with lean dialogue and precious little mirth, but I'm being seduced.

Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite the good, the pace of the series is too problematic. There's a strong argument to be made that the whole endeavor could have been distilled down to a more potent two-hour movie.

May 17, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Beautiful and well-acted, Death and Nightingales nonetheless strains the audience's limit for melodrama.

May 17, 2021 | Full Review…

But for all the trappings of melodrama - stashed coin, poison, secret love trysts and one post-coital dip - it's a bit bewitched by its own lyrical rhythms. Slow. Even ever so moderately dull?

Dec 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a slow-build story that promises to be thematically complex.

Dec 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Matters got back on track and by the end the drama was nicely poised to plunge further into darkness.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

There was sex and politics, but it was all simmered down into a drab agricultural stew of angst and misery, not even leavened by Beth's habit of muttering poetic plot points to herself.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death and Nightingales: Miniseries

  • Nov 25, 2020
    It was an alright time-passer, although very dragged out. I skipped through much of the episodes, as there was alot of backstory which didn't develop, but just kind of went round in circles. The open ended finale made me feel like I had just watched nothing. But the three stars are for the fabulous acting of Matthew Rhys.

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