Ballykissangel
Overview
Ballykissangel is a BBC
BBC
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 television drama set in Ireland
Republic of Ireland
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, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland
BBC Northern Ireland
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. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest
Priest
A priest is a person authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities...

 as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One
BBC One
BBC One is the flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, and was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution...

 in the UK
United Kingdom
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 from 1996 to 2001. It aired in the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

 on RTE One
RTÉ One
RTÉ One is the flagship television channel of Raidió Teilifís Éireann , and it is the most popular and most watched television channel in Ireland. It was launched as Telefís Éireann on 31 December 1961, it was renamed RTÉ Television in 1966, and it was renamed as RTÉ One upon the launch of RTÉ...

 and in Australia on ABC TV
ABC1
ABC1 was a United Kingdom based television channel from Disney using the branding of the Disney owned American network, ABC.The channel initially launched exclusively on the British digital terrestrial television platform Freeview on 27 September 2004. On 10 December 2004 it was launched on...

 between 1996 to 2001. Reruns currently air on ITV3
ITV3
ITV3 is an entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom that is owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. The channel was launched on 1 November 2004. ITV3 is the second largest UK multi-channel, second only to ITV2.-History:...

 in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 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.
Encyclopedia
Ballykissangel is a BBC
BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

 television drama set in Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland
BBC Northern Ireland
BBC Northern Ireland is the main public service broadcaster in Northern Ireland.The organisation is one of the three national regions of the BBC, together with BBC Scotland and BBC Wales. Based at Broadcasting House, Belfast, it provides television, radio, online and interactive television content...

. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest
Priest
A priest is a person authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities...

 as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One
BBC One
BBC One is the flagship television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the United Kingdom. It was launched on 2 November 1936 as the BBC Television Service, and was the world's first regular television service with a high level of image resolution...

 in the UK
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 from 1996 to 2001. It aired in the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

 on RTE One
RTÉ One
RTÉ One is the flagship television channel of Raidió Teilifís Éireann , and it is the most popular and most watched television channel in Ireland. It was launched as Telefís Éireann on 31 December 1961, it was renamed RTÉ Television in 1966, and it was renamed as RTÉ One upon the launch of RTÉ...

 and in Australia on ABC TV
ABC1
ABC1 was a United Kingdom based television channel from Disney using the branding of the Disney owned American network, ABC.The channel initially launched exclusively on the British digital terrestrial television platform Freeview on 27 September 2004. On 10 December 2004 it was launched on...

 between 1996 to 2001. Reruns currently air on ITV3
ITV3
ITV3 is an entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom that is owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a division of ITV plc. The channel was launched on 1 November 2004. ITV3 is the second largest UK multi-channel, second only to ITV2.-History:...

 in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 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. 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 Ballykissanne, a townland
Townland
A townland or bally is a small geographical division of land used in Ireland. The townland system is of Gaelic origin—most townlands are believed to pre-date the Norman invasion and most have names derived from the Irish language...

 near Killorglin
Killorglin
Killorglin is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. It is located on the river Laune, which has a rowing club and a new boathouse. The population of Killorglin is 4,150 although this expands considerably during Puck Fair due to visitors and returning emigrants.Killorglin is a major activity centre...

 in County Kerry
County Kerry
Kerry means the "people of Ciar" which was the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part of the present county. The legendary founder of the tribe was Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich. In Old Irish "Ciar" meant black or dark brown, and the word continues in use in modern Irish as an adjective...

, where the show's creator, Kieran Prendiville
Kieran Prendiville
Kieran Prendiville is a television writer, producer and presenter.-Early years:Kieran grew up in England where his father had emigrated to practise medicine...

, holidayed with his family as a child. The village's name in Irish
Irish language
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 is shown as "Baile Coisc Aingeal", which means "The town of the fallen angel" on the sign outside the post office
An Post
An Post is the State-owned provider of postal services in the Republic of Ireland. An Post provides a universal postal service to all parts of the country as a member of the Universal Postal Union...

.

The show was filmed in Avoca & Enniskerry
Enniskerry
Enniskerry is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It had a population of 2,672 at the 2006 census.- Location :...

 in County Wicklow
County Wicklow
County Wicklow is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Wicklow, which derives from the Old Norse name Víkingalág or Wykynlo. Wicklow County Council is the local authority for the county...

.

Cast

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

The Clergy

Father Frank MacAnally Niall Toibin
Niall Toibin
Niall Tóibín is an Irish comedian and actor. Born in Cork into an Irish speaking family, Tóibín grew up on the north-side of the city in Bishop's Field. He has appeared in Ryan's Daughter, Bracken, The Irish R.M., Caught in a Free State, Ballykissangel, Far and Away, and Veronica Guerin, and has...

Father Peter Clifford Stephen Tompkinson
Stephen Tompkinson
Stephen Tompkinson is a British actor. He is best known for his work in comedy and drama productions such as Drop the Dead Donkey, Ballykissangel, Grafters, In Deep, Wild at Heart and DCI Banks....

Father Aidan O'Connell Don Wycherley
Don Wycherley
Don Wycherley is an Irish actor who is well known for the portrayal of Father Cyril McDuff in the comedy Father Ted. Don is the brother of Gordon Wycherley. Other roles include Raymond in Bachelors Walk and Fr...

Father Vincent Sheahan Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor (Australian actor)
- Biography :Taylor is best known internationally for his role in The Matrix as Agent Jones. He also appeared in the crocodile horror film Rogue and stars in Australian thriller Storm Warning and the 2009 Australian movie Coffin Rock.-Filmography:...


Landladies/Bar staff

Assumpta Fitzgerald Dervla Kirwan
Dervla Kirwan
Dervla Kirwan is an Irish actress famous for roles in British television shows such as Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart...

Niamh Dillon Tina Kellegher
Tina Kellegher
Tina Kellegher is an Irish actress, born in Dublin in 1967. She is best known for her role as Niamh Quigley in BBC television series Ballykissangel. She is also a well-known voice on BBC Radio 4, having played policewoman Tina Mahon in the first four series of Baldi. She is married to Gordon...

Orla O'Connell Victoria Smurfit
Victoria Smurfit
-Early life:She is part of the Smurfit family, one of the richest in Ireland. The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsor a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. The family is also associated with Smurfit Business School in U.C.D....

Oonagh Dooley Marion O'Dwyer

Garda

Ambrose Egan Peter Hanly
Peter Hanly
Peter Hanly is an Irish actor best known for his performances in Braveheart and as Edward, Prince of Wales, and as Garda Ambrose Egan in the BBC TV series Ballykissangel....

Frankie Sullivan Catherine Cusack
Catherine Cusack
Catherine Cusack is a British actress. She is the half-sister of the actresses Sinéad Cusack, Sorcha Cusack and Niamh Cusack, and the fourth daughter of the actor Cyril Cusack and his second wife Mary Rose Cunningham's only child...


The other villagers

Donal Docherty Frankie McCafferty
Liam Coghlan Joe Savino
Siobhan Mehigan Deirdre Donnelly
Deirdre Donnelly
Deirdre Donnelly is an Irish actress who has worked in theatre, television, films and radio. A former company-member of Ireland's National Theatre, the Abbey Theatre, she has played leading roles in innumerable theatre productions in Ireland. She regularly appears on Irish television and was a...

Brendan Kearney Gary Whelan
Gary Whelan
Gary Whelan is an Irish actor, known for his work on British television.Although born in Ireland, Gary relocated to London when he was ten years old.-Acting:He has portrayed several roles in the police force...

Kathleen Hendley Áine Ní Mhuirí
Brian Quigley Tony Doyle
Dr Michael Ryan Bosco Hogan
Bosco Hogan
Bosco Hogan is an Irish actor of stage, screen and television.He is best known as Dr. Michael Ryan on Ballykissangel. He appeared in a minor role as convicted felon George Saden in John Boorman's film Zardoz , but his first major film role was as Stephen Dedalus in the 1977 Joseph Strick film...

Eamon Byrne Birdy Sweeney
Birdy Sweeney
Edmund "Birdy" Sweeney was an Irish actor and comedian.He was born in Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and gained his nickname "Birdy" from his childhood ability to imitate bird calls which he demonstrated on BBC Radio Ulster...

Padraig O'Kelly Peter Caffrey
Peter Caffrey
Peter Caffrey was an Irish actor best known for playing Padraig O'Kelly on Series 1-4 of Ballykissangel, but also well regarded for his role as a transvestite in the film , and ....

Sean Dillon Lorcan Cranitch
Lorcan Cranitch
Lorcan Cranitch is an Irish actor.Born in Dublin, Cranitch became involved in drama while a student, and moved to London where he entered RADA in 1980. His first major role on British television was as Tim Healy in the 1991 BBC drama series, Parnell and the Englishwoman...

Emma Dillon Kate McEnery
Kate McEnery
Kate McEnery is an English actress, best known for her roles as Colin Farrell's love interest in the BBC Northern Ireland series, Ballykissangel and as Jodie Nash in the Channel 4 teen soap opera Hollyoaks from 2001 to 2003. She attended Tiffin Girls' School in Surrey. She is the daughter of the...

Danny Byrne Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor, who has appeared in such film as Tigerland, Miami Vice, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Alexander and S.W.A.T....

Paul Dooley Owen Roe Owen Roe Owen Roe
Dermot Dooley Ciaran Owens
Grainne Dooley Katie Cullen
Avril Burke Susannah Doyle
Susannah Doyle
Susannah Doyle is a British actress, playwright and film director, best known for her roles in situation comedies Drop The Dead Donkey , and Ballykissangel ....

Edso Dowling Paul Ronan
Louis Dargan Mick Lally
Mick Lally
Michael 'Mick' Lally was an Irish stage, film and television actor. He departed from a teaching career for acting during the 1970s...

Kevin O'Kelly John Cleere
Kieran Egan Sam Farrar

Episodes

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

DVD release

All six series have been released in Region 2 and Region 4.

In 2010, 4 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 that series DVD. The back of the DVD states

Episode Nine, The Waiting Game is not available on DVD. However, this is not the case for Region 1 (North America) sets, which contain this episode dealing with the unknown local winner of a national lottery.

External links

  • Ballykissangel at World Productions
    World Productions
    World Productions is a British television production company, founded in the early 1990s by acclaimed producer Tony Garnett. The company's first major series was the police drama Between The Lines , and throughout the decade they went on to produce a succession of highly successful drama series...

  • Ballykissangel at the British Film Institute
    British Film Institute
    The British Film Institute is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to:-Cinemas:The BFI runs the BFI Southbank and IMAX theatre, both located on the south bank of the River Thames in London...

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