Bodkin, 7 episode series

NZ release: 09 May 2024

Offensive language, sex scenes Rated on: 09 May 2024

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What’s it about?

Dubheasa "Dove", an investigative journalist, who is sent on assignment to Ireland after her source, a government whistle blower, dies from suicide. She is forced to work with an American true-crime podcaster, Gilbert, and Emmy, an eager assistant who is fresh to the job. Together they uncover that the small Irish town isn’t as boring as it seems, and a lot of the locals want the past to stay buried.

The facts

  • Created by Jez Scharf
  • English and Irish languages
  • Runtime: 7 episodes that are approximately 56 minutes each

Why did it get this rating?

This series was self-rated by Netflix. You can find out more about self-rating by streaming providers here.


At the beginning of the series a character dies from suicide. We don’t meet this character, but they are referred to throughout the series. The characters legs are shown, implying that they have suicided by hanging themselves. While this isn’t the focus of the series this scene could be challenging for people who have experienced or know someone who has experienced mental health struggles.

Offensive language

Highly offensive language is frequently used through the series, including words like “f*ck”, “sh*t” and “c*nt”. Coarse language and insults are also used such as “eejit” and “bollocks”.


There are a few scenes that contain violence in the series including gun violence and physical fights where multiple characters are punched in the face. The strongest scenes include:

  • Someone staples money to another character’s forehead. This scene is quite startling as the character is clearly in pain and you see the blood seep through from his injury.
  • A character is clipped by a car and is threatened by people in balaclavas. We see a bloody injury to the side of their face.
  • A character is shot in the hand at point blank after trying to grab the gun off someone else. Blood oozes down his hand and another character picks up his thumb.

Sex scenes

Characters have sex in a public bathroom. Nothing is shown in detail but through the movement and position of the characters it is clear what is happening.

Drug use

A character unknowingly drinks a tea that contains psychedelic mushrooms. She hallucinates and becomes panicked. She is upset by the hallucination visions, ends up vomiting and then passes out.

Animal cruelty

A dog is shot off camera. We hear the gunshot but do not see any injury. While this scene is fleeting and not a strong focus of the series it could be challenging for people wo don’t like to see animal cruelty on-screen.


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