Dublin Murders on BBC location: Where is it filmed? Where’s it set?

Dublin Murders starts tonight (Monday, October 14) at 9pm on BBC One. Luckily, crime thriller fans will be treated the second episode tomorrow evening (Tuesday, October 15). The series is an adaption of the first two books in Tana French’s novel series, Dublin Murder Squad starring Irish actors Killian Scott and Sarah Greene.

Where is Dublin Murders set?

Dublin Murders is set in the year 2006, in Dublin, Ireland but some parts of the drama flashback to the 1980s.

Much of the drama takes place around a small council estate in the town of Knocknaree, nearby to where a child murder has taken place.

The same community was rocked by a missing child case and murder in the 1980s, and Detectives Rob Reilly (played by Killian Scott) and Cassie Maddox (Sarah Greene) suspect the cases are linked.

The resisters of Knocknaree have been blighted by poverty and unemployment for generations after they missed out on its share of the millennium financial boom known as the Celtic Tiger.


The location of the murder is an archaeological site, threatened by local developers who are planning to build a new motorway close to the site.

Irish actor Killian Scott who plays Detective Rob Reilly in the series said: “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.”

He added: “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 doesn’t romanticise Dublin as it shows the gritty, dark underbelly of the place.

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

“It’s a haunting quality that’s hard to describe when you see it, with the sound of the visuals, is something you get a sense of very quickly.”

Director Saul Dibb added: “It’s set in 2006, which is the hight of the Celtic Tiger and this huge great building boom that was going on, which proved itself to be a fake bubble. All of that feeds itself greatly, I would say, subtly into the story.”


Where is Dublin Murders filmed?

Despite the drama being set in Dublin, Ireland, the series was mostly filmed in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Parts of Dublin are visible in the series, but the majority of filming as centred around Newtownards, Bangor and Newry in Northern Ireland.

The forest where the children go missing in the Tollymore Forest, in Northern Ireland.

Tollymore Forest has also been used to film Game of Thrones and the 2014 film, Dracula Untold.

The village of Drumaness serves as the home to the community of Knocknaree, which is close to the forest.

Filming also took place in the Victorian era prison, Crumlin Road Gaol and Ards Community Hospital in Belfast.

Belfast residents may also recognise Cormac Street Car Park, the former First Trust Bank and Gasworks Business Park in the series.

Executive Producer Noemi Spanos said: “What we love about the Dublin we see in the show is that it’s not just city centre or recognisable parts of Dublin.

“There are lots od touchstones of course, but mainly we’re on the fringes of Dublin.

“That really appealed to us, because it felt universal and something we hadn’t seen before.”

Dublin Murders airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One

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