Gabriel Byrne Drama Draws Complaints

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BBC bosses are under pressure from hundreds of viewers over the poor sound quality on Gabriel Byrne’s new crime drama titles Quirke.

The first out of three episodes of the show aired in the U.K. on Sunday, May 25 but the audience was left struggling to hear the conversations in the show due to poor sound quality.

So, almost 250 furious viewers have complained about the sound. They have also demanded BBC chiefs act to improve the sound before they broadcast the next episode, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 1.

Last month, April, more than 2,000 fans were complaining about the poor sound quality in Jessica Brown Findlay’s adaptation of Jamaica Inn.

A representative for BBC said, “A wide range of factors can influence audibility and we will continue to work with the industry on this important subject.

Quirke is set in mid-1950s Dublin, the decade of Byrne’s boyhood, growing up the son of a cooper’s labourer making wooden barrels for Guinness. Quirke, without his first name, is the pathologist hero, or anti-hero, of a series of six crime novels penned by the Booker Prize winning novelist John Banville under the pseudonym of Benjamin Black.

When he started to write in his nom de plume Benjamin Black I was very curious to see how he would approach the detective genre,” said Byrne.

And of course being Banville, he does have the mystery there for sure, but what makes the books and the programme interesting is that it’s as much a study of character.”

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