The Dead Key

Brendan Grattan was a young writer with the world at his feet, until a sex scandal caused him to spend the rest of his life in disgrace and silence. After his death, his niece Stephanie begins to doubt the official explanation of his disgrace. Was Brendan innocent after all? And if so, did his dishonour hide another, infinitely more terrible secret?

The Dead Key unfolds over two episodes through Brendan’s posthumous narrative, spoken into a recording left for his niece, and Stephanie’s efforts to explore the mystery. A contemporary spy thriller and tale of family loyalty.

‘The Dead Key’ was written and directed by Jason Gill. It was produced, recorded and edited by Alan Meaney.

This programme was made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee.

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