About Smother

Long-buried family secrets are unearthed in this thrilling new Irish drama.

About Smother

An Irish investigative thriller about the secrets families keep from each other, Smother stars Dervla Kirwan (The Stranger, Safe House) and Seána Kerslake (Hole in the Ground) and is created by Kate O'Riordan (Penance, Mr Selfridge).

Set and filmed on location in a small town on the beautiful and wild west coast of Ireland, Smother follows devoted matriarch Val Ahern (Kirwan) whose husband Denis is found dead at the bottom of a cliff following a party at the family home.

In the aftermath of her husband's tragic death, Val investigates what might have happened in the hours after he caused chaos at her birthday party by announcing their planned break up.

Re-examining the life of the man she was married to for 30 years, Val explores Denis's complex and damaged relationships with his daughters, step-daughter and brother.

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The deeper Val delves into previously hidden family secrets, the more she realises how much Denis's controlling, manipulative behaviour affected each member of her family. And she faces the shocking realisation that one of them might have been driven to murder.

Also starring Stuart Graham (The Foreigner, Tinker Taylor Solider Spy, Hunger), Carrie Crowley (Extra Ordinary, Stay), Niamh Walsh (Jamestown) and Gemma-Leah Devereux (Can't Cope, Won't Cope).