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All eight series of the comedy drama series set in a Donegal town in the 1950s and '60s 'Christopher Fitz-Simon's writing is a delicious mix of gentle and sharp' The Guardian Ireland in the fifties, and the days of mass tourism and indoor plumbing have not yet come to rural Co. Donegal. But in the small, sleepy town of Ballylenon, change is coming, and trouble is brewing. A power struggle is under way for control of the town, with two rival forces aligned against each other. Seeking to rule the roost are hotel owner and undertaker Phonsie Doherty and his allies, sisters Muriel and Vera McConkey. These two formidable ladies are in charge of the corner shop/Post Office and Telephone Exchange, and are known as the eyes and ears of Ballylenon - while the voice is provided by local newspaper The Vindicator. Between them, they seem to have the means of communication sewn up - but the opposing faction, led by primary teacher Vivienne Boal, the Reverend Samuel Hawthorne, and police officer Guard Gallagher, are determined to have their say. A supporter of cultural causes, such as music festivals and architectural conservation, Vivienne is bright, breezy and apparently straightforward - but she manages to achieve certain aims by devious means... The antagonism between the two camps is thinly veiled - and the causes for dissension range from a proposal to demolish the Georgian courthouse to build a car park, to arguments over a ramshackle cottage that may have belonged to the family of US President Herbert Hoover. But as the Sixties dawn, the town faces a threat that unites the whole community in moral outrage: the arrival of television... Christopher Fitz-Simon's playful yet cynical look at Irish village life stars TP McKenna, Gerard Murphy, Margaret D'Arcy and Stella McCusker. Production credits Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan (Series 1-5,7,8) and Peter Kavanagh (Series 6) Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes Pianist: Michael Harrison First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 8 June-13 July 1994 (Series 1), 18 July-8 August 1995 (Series 2), 4-25 June 1996 (Series 3), 3-24 December 1997 (Series 4), 15 June-20 July 1998 (Series 5), 18 June-23 July 1999 (Series 6), 25 November 2009-6 January 2010 (Series 7), 26 January-2 March 2011 (Series 8) Cast Phonsie Doherty - TP McKenna/Gerard Murphy Muriel McConkey - Margaret D'Arcy Vera McConkey - Stella McCusker Vivienne Boal/Mrs McFinney - Aine McCartney Guard Gallagher - John Hewitt/Frankie McCafferty Reverend Samuel Hawthorne - Gerard Murphy/Miche Doherty/Dermot Crowley RL Watson - Roma Tomelty O'Brollochain/Joe MacMonagle/Canon Friel- Kevin Flood Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley Eithne Ni Phartalain/Primrose ffrench O'Dowd/Sister Gabriel - Marcella Riordan Aubrey Frawley - Dominic Letts/Matthew Addis/Chris McHallem Peg Sweeney - Anna Manahan/Marcella Riordan Post Office engineer - Robert Patterson Jonathan ffrench O'Dowd - Wesley Murphy Packy McGoldrick - Charlie Bonnar/Tim Loane Josie Doherty - Ciara McKeown/Cathy White/Ali White Mr Mawhinney - Harry Towb Father O'Flatley - John Guiney Bohunkus Smith - BJ Hogg Terry Black - Mark Lambert Consuela Dooley - Cathy Belton Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack Polly Acton - Joanna Munro Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey with Ruairi McAteer, Catriona O'Reilly, Danielle Costigan and Fabio AprileShow more
An intriguing murder mystery exploring the desire of the artist to remain illusive and anonymous behind work which is heavily codified and seemingly impenetrable. When a brilliant young art historian flies in the face of the received wisdom regarding the work of the reclusive Anderson Perrine, the artist feels a distinct invasion of his privacy. He sets about laying a series of false trails but her pursuit of him is unrelenting and he is obliged to take radically evasive action. Starring Hattie Morahan, Joss Ackland, Miche Doherty, Mark Lawson and Robin Read, with Aine McCartney, BJ Hogg and Mark Lambert. Written by Mark Lawson. Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan and produced in Belfast for Radio 4.Show more
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