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Smother: Cast, plot, filming locations and trailer for the Irish drama
Find out what family drama Smother’s all about as the series, starring Dervla Kirwan, crosses the Irish Sea to the UK.
Smother is more than just a murder mystery.
Exploring parent-child relationships and manipulation, the show is also likely to give you a little wanderlust thanks to its setting in rural Ireland.
Originally on Irish channel RTE, it’s now being shown in the UK. Here’s everything you need to know…
What’s Smother about and where was it filmed?
Smother focuses on matriarch Val Ahern, whose husband Denis is found dead at the bottom of a cliff after a family party.
Val tries to find out what happened – and in turn discovers how controlling his behaviour actually was, leading to secrets that could tear the family apart.
Speaking about what drew her to the lead role of Val, Dervla Kirwan said: “It was the complexity: Val’s desire to maintain control of her family, and her very toxic relationship with her husband Denis, as well as the breakdown of that and how it implodes.
“Then her relationship with three daughters and each one having either a different father or mother - all the difficulties that a blended family can bring.”
The series was set in and filmed on location in a small town on the west coast of Ireland.
“I think it will play a blinder for tourism," Kirwan said.
"The house that the Ahern family lives in, which is so stunning, is normally a small hotel (Moy House) and they’ve been inundated with calls for bookings. The more series there are means it will seep into the public consciousness and people will want to go and visit. That's huge for County Clare and for Ireland in general.”
Val Ahern – Dervla Kirwan
Where have you seen Dervla Kirwan before?
Ballykissangel, Safe House, The Stranger
Grace Ahern - Seána Kerslake
Where have you seen Seána Kerslake before?
Dollhouse, Can't Cope Won't Cope, Creation Stories
Jenny Ahern – Niamh Walsh
Where have you seen Niamh Walsh before?
Holby City, The English Game, Good Omens
Anna Ahern – Gemma-Leah Devereux
Where have you seen Gemma-Leah Devereux before?
Judy, Casualty, The Tudors
Denis Ahern – Stuart Graham
Where have you seen Stuart Graham before?
Hunger, Thirteen, The Fall
Carl Jensen – Thomas Levin
Where have you seen Thomas Levin before?
Calum Dwyer – James O’Donoghue
Where have you seen James O'Donoghue before?
You can watch the trailer for Smother below: