Ballykissangel

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Ballykissangel
Ballyk title card.jpg
Series title card
FormatDrama
StarringDervla Kirwan
Stephen Tompkinson
Tony Doyle
Colin Farrell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6
No. of episodes58 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Conor Harrington
Alan Moloney
Location(s)Enniskerry and Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland
Running time50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run11 February 1996 (1996-02-11) – 15 April 2001 (2001-04-15)
External links
Website
 
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Ballykissangel
Ballyk title card.jpg
Series title card
FormatDrama
StarringDervla Kirwan
Stephen Tompkinson
Tony Doyle
Colin Farrell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6
No. of episodes58 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Conor Harrington
Alan Moloney
Location(s)Enniskerry and Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland
Running time50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelBBC One
Original run11 February 1996 (1996-02-11) – 15 April 2001 (2001-04-15)
External links
Website
Fitzgerald's, a pub in Avoca that was used as a primary exterior set in the series.

Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2001. It aired in Ireland on RTÉ One and in Australia on ABC TV from 1996 to 2001. Reruns currently air on Drama in the United Kingdom and in the United States on some PBS affiliates.

Significant changes in the cast occurred between the third and fourth series and between the fifth and sixth series.

There was a surprised reaction from both the cast and press when it was announced that Ballykissangel was to end. Several articles at the time of the show's cancellation stated that a seventh series had been written and the cast were due to start filming in May 2001.[citation needed] Following the cancellation a seventh series was never put into production.

The name of the fictional village in which the show was set is derived from Ballykissane, a townland near Killorglin in County Kerry, where the show's creator, Kieran Prendiville, holidayed with his family as a child. The village's name in Irish is shown as "Baile Coisc Aingeal", which means "The town of the fallen angel" on the sign outside the post office.[1]

The show was filmed in Avoca and Enniskerry in County Wicklow.

Cast[edit]

CharacterSeries
Series 1 (1996)Series 2 (1997)Series 3 (1997–1998)Series 4 (1998)Series 5 (1999)Series 6 (2001)

The clergy[edit]

Father Frank MacAnallyNiall Toibin
Father Peter CliffordStephen Tompkinson
Father Aidan O'ConnellDon Wycherley
Father Vincent SheahanRobert Taylor

Landladies/bar staff[edit]

Assumpta FitzgeraldDervla Kirwan
Niamh QuigleyTina Kellegher
Orla O'ConnellVictoria Smurfit
Oonagh DooleyMarion O'Dwyer

Garda[edit]

Ambrose EganPeter Hanly
Frankie SullivanCatherine Cusack

The other villagers[edit]

Donal DochertyFrankie McCafferty
Liam CoghlanJoe Savino
Siobhan MehiganDeirdre Donnelly
Brendan KearneyGary Whelan
Kathleen HendleyAine Ni Mhuiri
Brian QuigleyTony Doyle
Dr Michael RyanBosco Hogan
Eamon ByrneBirdy Sweeney
Padraig O'KellyPeter Caffrey
Sean DillonLorcan Cranitch
Emma DillonKate McEnery
Danny ByrneColin Farrell
Paul DooleyOwen RoeOwen Roe
Dermot DooleyCiaran Owens
Grainne DooleyKatie Cullen
Avril BurkeSusannah Doyle
Edso DowlingPaul Ronan
Louis DarganMick Lally
Kevin O'KellyJohn Cleere
Kieran EganSam Farrar

Episodes[edit]

The programme ran for six series from 11 February 1996 to 15 April 2001. Almost all episodes were 50 minutes in duration.

DVD release[edit]

All six series have been released in Region 1, 2 and 4. In 2010, four years after the release of series 5, series 6 was released on Region 2, along with a box set of series 1-6.

The ninth episode of series 3, "The Waiting Game", is omitted from the Region 2 series 3 DVD. This is not the case for Region 1 (North America) sets, which contain this episode.

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