First look picture: Merlin’s Colin Morgan in ‘Quirke’

The BBC has released a first-look image of Merlin star Colin Morgan in his new role in BBC One drama ‘Quirke’.

The three-part detective drama starring Gabriel Byrne as the chief pathologist in a Dublin city morgue will see Morgan play Jimmy Minor in episode 3, titled ‘Elegy.’

The series is based on the books by Benjamin Black (pseudonym of award-winning Irish writer John Banville) and adapted by screenwriters Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson.

Byrne’s character is described as a charismatic loner whose job takes him into unexpected places as he uncovers the secrets of sudden death in 1950s Dublin.

‘Quirke’ will air on BBC One later in 2014.

Check out the picture of Colin Morgan below…

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