Three-part comedy thriller set in rural Donegal to be rescreened by TG4

Potter (Peter Firth) and Canon Loftus (Ian Bannen) star in Murder In Eden on TG4.

A THREE-part drama based on a book published by a Donegal native in the late 1970s begins on TG4 this Saturday, February 9.

Murder in Eden is based on Bogmail by Glencolmcille native Patrick McGinley who received great reviews when the book was first published in 1978.


The mini series was first shown by the BBC in 1991 directed by Nicholas Renton and was filmed in McGinley’s home village.

The drama is set in rural Donegal and stars Ian Bannen, Peter Firth, and the ever popular Ballybofey star of stage and screen, Frankie McCafferty.

Roarty, landlord of the local pub, murders his barman and thinks he got away with it, until he is targeted by a blackmailer.

Part one of comic thriller series Potter, an English engineer is posted to County Donegal to do geological tests. He sets up home in Glenkeel village and frequents the local pub owned by Tim Roarty.

Roarty murders his barman, Eales, because he believes that he has seduced his daughter.

A series of blackmail letters is then sent to Roarty while bits of Eales’ body is sent by post to the local policeman.

Potter is amused by the local antics, not realising that he has become a target for Roarty who suspects him of being the Bogmailer.


In Part Two Sergeant McGing finds the severed foot of the missing barman hanging from his doorknocker, whilst Roarty is desperate to find and put an end to the bogmailer, and suspecting that Keith Potter is behind the blackmail letters, he invites him on a fishing trip with murderous intentions.

Potter infuriates the Canon Loftus, by his affair with the Canon’s housekeeper, Nora, and his prevention of his replacing the church’s wooden altar. Tune into Murder in Eden this Saturday, February 9, at 9.55pm, only on TG4.


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