Gilbert (Will Forte), Dove (Siobhán Cullen), and Emmy (Robyn Cara) stand in a foggy field.


Will Forte, Siobhán Cullen, and Robyn Cara take up a new case in the Higher Ground Production comedy series Bodkin.

Photography by Enda Bowe
8 May 20244 min read

Investigative reporter Dove (Siobhán Cullen) is used to covering gritty stories for the Guardian. But when she mishandles a case, she’s assigned to support what she considers the least serious form of journalism — podcasting. 

Produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, Bodkin comes from the minds of creator and co-showrunner Jez Scharf and co-showrunner Alex Metcalf. The suspensefully comedic series follows Dove, who’s teamed up with a try-hard award-winning American podcaster, Gilbert (Will Forte), and an ambitious young researcher, Emmy (Robyn Cara). Together, they head to the small town of Bodkin, Ireland to uncover the truth behind the 20-year-old disappearance of three people during the town’s annual Samhain festival. 

“Gilbert’s kind of a charmer, and Dove’s just very blunt and straightforward,” says Forte of the unlikely trio. “Emmy’s the glue that holds them all together. She basically does everything, but Dove and Gilbert take all the credit.” While Dove considers everyone a hostile suspect, Gilbert is charmed by the townspeople’s Irish ways. And Emmy, a longtime admirer of Dove’s reporting, is caught between impressing her idol and following Gilbert’s lead.

As they dig for the truth — often at odds with one another — the podcasters soon discover that Bodkin isn’t the peaceful hamlet it once seemed. And just as the town begins to reveal itself, so too do the podcasters. “As an actor and as an audience member, you always try to keep one step ahead of where a show is going, but I just couldn’t keep up with this,” says Cullen. “It goes to places that you just can’t predict.”