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Written by Kate O’Riordan (“Mr Selfridge”, “Penance”) Smother is a family thriller about deeply buried secrets and their unintended consequences, set in a small town on the wild and rugged coast of Clare.

When Val Ahern’s husband Denis is found dead at a foot of a cliff close to their home the morning after a family party, she begins to question the truth behind his relationships with his nearest and dearest in order to find out who might have been responsible for his brutal, shocking death. The deeper she delves into her family’s secrets the more she realises how her late husband’s manipulative behaviour had a deep effect on each member of the family and those they love.

18 x 60'

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A BBC and Treasure Films Production in partnership with Screen Ireland and WRAP


BBC Studios


Programme Sales, Drama