Family (BBC One 1994, Sean McGinley, Ger Ryan)

Drama Family was written by Roddy Doyle who at the time was riding high thanks to movie version of The Commitments based on his novel. This 4 part La Ronde style serial depicted, in bleak style, the break up of a Dublin family with each episode focusing on a different family member.

Family was also an early work for director Michael Winterbottom and featured an original soundtrack by Elvis Costello.

production details
UK – Ireland / BBC One – RTE / 4×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 – 29 May 1994

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Writer: Roddy Doyle / Music: Elvis Costello / Producer: Andrew Eaton / Director: Michael Winterbottom

cast
Sean McGinley as Charlo Spencer
Ger Ryan as Paula Spencer
Neili Conroy as Nicola Spencer
Barry Ward as John Paul Spencer
Gemma Butterly as Leanne Spencer
Jacob Williams as Jack Spencer
Des McAleer as Ray Harris
Honor Heffernan as Chrissie Harris

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