(Series) UK / BBC One / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 November – 16 December 2004
Writer: Peter Bowker / Producer: Kate Lewis / Director: Julie Arne
(Special) UK / BBC One / 1×90 minute episode / 10 June 2006 (VIVA BLACKPOOL)
Writer: Peter Bowker / Producer: Sally Hoynes / Director: Coky Giedroyc
Ripley Holden is the brash entrepreneurial owner of an amusement arcade in Blackpool who wants to expand his business to include a casino. But financial difficulties and a murder investigation provide unwelcome obstacles to his ambitions. The drama is punctuated by musical interludes as the cast break out into song, miming to hit records.
In 2006 there was one-off sequel called VIVA BLACKPOOL in which Ripley has become a minister and performs themed marriages in his Chapel of Love in Blackpool. He gets involved in a scheme to obtain the real stolen original 1966 World Cup trophy that (in this story) was never actually recovered but replaced by a hasty replica and had been in the possession of a now deceased friend of his and in which his mother now stores her son’s ashes unaware it is the real thing. Other than the star, the main supporting cast did not return except for Ripley’s daughter Shyanne.
DAVID MORRISSEY as Ripley Holden
(2004 Series Cast)
SARAH PARISH as Natalie Holden
DAVID TENNANT as DI Carlisle
DAVID BRADLEY as Hallworth
JOHN THOMSON as Terry Corlette
STEVE PEMBERTON as Adrian Marr
GEORGIA TAYLOR as Shyanne Holden
THOMAS MORRISON as Danny Holden
(2006 Special Cast)
MEGAN DODDS as Kitty De Love
ANNETTE CROSBIE as Mrs Berry
MARK WILLIAMS as Tommy Vesty
KEITH ALLEN as Steve Pollard
GEORGIA TAYLOR as Shyanne Holden
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