Genevieve O’Reilly joins James Nesbitt murder drama

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Genevieve O’Reilly (Glitch, Episodes, Banished, The Honourable Woman) has been cast alongside James Nesbitt in a new three part drama, The Secret.

The ITV drama sees James Nesbitt (The Missing, Cold Feet, Murphy’s Law, Jekyll) plays Colin Howell, a respectable dentist and pillar of the community, who became a killer in partnership with a Sunday school teacher, Hazel Buchanan (O’Reilly).

Howell and Buchanan met at their local Baptist Church in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and they embarked upon a passionate and destructive affair, which climaxed in an elaborate plot to kill both their partners, Lesley and Trevor.

The true story is written by writer Stuart Urban (An Ungentlemanly Act), the drama is directed by Nick Murphy (Occupation, Prey) and produced by Hat Trick Productions.

Executive producer Mark Redhead said: “This is the story of an audacious and wicked crime. It tells us something very surprising and revealing about the dark side of human nature.”

The drama will go into production in Northern Ireland in November.

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