Ballylenon

Chris Fitz-Simons' comedy-drama series set in 50s rural Ireland, Ballylenon, Co Donegal.

Episodes

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20060410 BT=1400 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 5 of 6.

20060411 BT=0600 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 5 of 6.

20050226 BT=0600 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal and life should be idyllic, the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 4 of 6.

20050305 BT=0600 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal and life should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 5 of 6.

20070525 BT=1700 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal, and life should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 4 of 6.

20070526 BT=0630 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal, and life should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 4 of 6.

20070602 BT=0630 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal, and life should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 5 of 6.

20070601 BT=1700 (BBC7)
20070602 BT=0630 (BBC7)

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, and life should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 5 of 6.

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal, and life should be idyllic. But the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 5 of 6.

20060606 BT=0600 (BBC7)

A BBC religious programme is to be broadcast from a local church, but not everyone is convinced it's a good idea. Episode 3 of 4.

20070727 BT=0630 (BBC7)

A BBC religious programme is to be broadcast from a local church, but not everyone is convinced it's a good idea. Episode 3 of 4.

20050514 BT=0600 (BBC7)

A ramshackle cottage that belonged to the family of US President Hoover? Phonsie sees a major financial opportunity.

20060612 BT=1400 (BBC7)

An offer of employment for Rev Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations. With Stella McCusker, Margaret D'Arcy and TP McKenna. Episode 4 of 4.

20060613 BT=0600 (BBC7)

An offer of employment for Rev Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations. With Stella McCusker, Margaret D'Arcy and TP McKenna. Episode 4 of 4.

20070803 BT=1700 (BBC7)

An offer of employment for Rev Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations. With Stella McCusker, Margaret D'Arcy and TP McKenna. Episode 4 of 4.

20070804 BT=0630 (BBC7)

An offer of employment for Rev Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations. With Stella McCusker, Margaret D'Arcy and TP McKenna. Episode 4 of 4.

20050507 BT=0600 (BBC7)

An offer of employment in Scotland for Rev Hawthorne raises the expectations of Ms Boal.

20060815 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Anti-capitalist railway protests? Mysterious visitors from America? Is change on the way for Ballylenon? Episode 5 of 6.

20071006 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Anti-capitalist railway protests? Mysterious visitors from America? Is change on the way for Ballylenon? Episode 5 of 6.

20060918 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Ballylenon awaits news of Guard Gallagher's performance in New York and the Hawthornes fret about their declining congregation. Episode 4 of 6.

20060919 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Ballylenon awaits news of Guard Gallagher's performance in New York and the Hawthornes fret about their declining congregation. Episode 4 of 6.

20071110 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ballylenon awaits news of Guard Gallagher's performance in New York, and the Hawthornes fret about their declining congregation. Episode 4 of 6.

20060313 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Ballylenon is a sleepy town. But it rumbles to life when the hotelier plans to demolish the old court house to build a car park. Episode 1 of 6.

20070504 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Ballylenon is a sleepy town. But it rumbles to life when the hotelier plans to demolish the old court house to build a car park. Episode 1 of 6.

20070505 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Ballylenon is a sleepy town. But it rumbles to life when the hotelier plans to demolish the old court house to build a car park. Episode 1 of 6.

20070817 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Canon Friel's death has caused quite an upset among the faithful and has ruined Phonsie's plans to buy an interesting property. Episode 2 of 4.

20070818 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Canon Friel's death has caused quite an upset among the faithful and has ruined Phonsie's plans to buy an interesting property. Episode 2 of 4.

20050521 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Canon Friel's death has caused quite an upset among the faithful and has ruined Phonsie's plans to buy an interesting property.

20050312 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Christopher Fitz Simon's wry chronicle of life in the seemingly quiet Donegal village of Ballylenon in the late 1950s. Episode 6 of 6.

20070908 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Comedy drama series set in the 1950s in a Donegal town. Phonsie's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation. Episode 1 of 5

20060724 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Comedy drama set in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon in 1953 - where debate rages over President Hoover's cottage. Episode 2 of 6.

20060725 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Comedy drama set in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon in 1953 - where debate rages over President Hoover's cottage. Episode 2 of 6.

20070915 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Comedy drama set in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon in 1953, where debate rages over President Hoover's cottage. Episode 2 of 6.

20060522 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge. With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker. Episode 1 of 4.

20060523 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge. With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker. Episode 1 of 4.

20070713 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge. With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker. Episode 1 of 4.

20070714 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge. With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker. Episode 1 of 4.

20050416 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge. With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker.

20060516 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Disappointment for certain residents of the tiny Irish village of the 1950s. The courthouse still stands. Episode 4 of 4.

20070706 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Disappointment for certain residents of the tiny Irish village of the 1950s. The courthouse still stands. Episode 4 of 4.

20070707 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Disappointment for certain residents of the tiny Irish village of the 1950s. The courthouse still stands. Episode 4 of 4.

20050319 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Divided over the proposed Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Episode 1 of 4.

20060424 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Divided over the proposed Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Episode 1 of 4.

20060425 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Divided over the proposed Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Episode 1 of 4.

20070615 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Divided over the proposed Swilly Arms car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Episode 1 of 4.

20070616 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Divided over the proposed Swilly Arms car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Episode 1 of 4.

20060925 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 5 of 6.

20060926 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 5 of 6.

20071117 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 5 of 6.

20061002 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 6 of 6.

20061003 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 6 of 6.

20071124 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 6 of 6.

20050820 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom?

20060904 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Guard Gallagher's song about Ballylenon has been accepted for the NYPD competition. But who will accompany him to Manhattan? Episode 2 of 6.

20060905 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Guard Gallagher's song about Ballylenon has been accepted for the NYPD competition. But who will accompany him to Manhattan? Episode 2 of 6.

20060731 BT=1400 (BBC7)

How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch? Episode 3 of 6.

20060801 BT=0600 (BBC7)

How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch? Episode 3 of 6.

20070608 BT=1700 (BBC7)

It's Ballylenon's 1000 Years Festival. Will it mark the end of the battle for the old courthouse? Episode 6 of 6.

20070609 BT=0630 (BBC7)

It's Ballylenon's 1000 Years Festival. Will it mark the end of the battle for the old courthouse? Episode 6 of 6.

20060508 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Josie Doherty is stepping out with someone - her father suspects who, and he does not approve. Episode 3 of 4.

20060509 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Josie Doherty is stepping out with someone - her father suspects who, and he does not approve. Episode 3 of 4.

20050402 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Josie Doherty is stepping out with someone - her father suspects who, and he does not approve.

20070629 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Josie Doherty is stepping out with someone. Her father suspects who, and he does not approve. Episode 3 of 4.

20070630 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Josie Doherty is stepping out with someone. Her father suspects who, and he does not approve. Episode 3 of 4.

20060710 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Packy McGoldrick has long been a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. Episode 4 of 4.

20060711 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Packy McGoldrick has long been a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. Episode 4 of 4.

20070831 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Packy McGoldrick has long been a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. Episode 4 of 4.

20070901 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Packy McGoldrick has long been a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. Episode 4 of 4.

20060501 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match. Episode 2 of 4.

20060502 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match. Episode 2 of 4.

20070622 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match. Episode 2 of 4.

20070623 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match. Episode 2 of 4.

20050326 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match.

20050408 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match.

20050409 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Phonsie and Stumpy strive to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but they may have met their match.

20060828 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Phonsie looks forward to reaping the rewards that Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip will bring. Episode 1 of 6.

20060829 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Phonsie looks forward to reaping the rewards that Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip will bring. Episode 1 of 6.

20071020 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Phonsie looks forward to reaping the rewards that Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip will bring. Episode 1 of 6.

20070929 BT=0630 (BBC7)

President Hoover's ancestral cottage? Irish police officers being assaulted by dogs? A normal day's events in Ballylenon. Episode 4 of 6.

20060808 BT=0600 (BBC7)

President Hoover's ancestral cottage? Irish police officers being assaulted by dogs? Normal day's events in Ballylenon. Episode 4 of 6.

20081104 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park. Starring TP McKenna. Episode 1 of 6.

20060619 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Sister Gabriel appears to have relinquished her Order and Murie's injury develops an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty. Episode 1 of 4.

20060620 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Sister Gabriel appears to have relinquished her Order and Murie's injury develops an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty. Episode 1 of 4.

20070810 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Sister Gabriel appears to have relinquished her Order and Murie's injury develops an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty. Episode 1 of 4.

20070811 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Sister Gabriel appears to have relinquished her Order and Murie's injury develops an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty. Episode 1 of 4.

20050430 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Sister Gabriel appears to have relinquished her Order and Murie's injury develops an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty.

20071013 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The American delegation is bent on identifying the owner of the Hoover cottage. Ballylenon braces itself for extraordinary news. Episode 6 of 6.

20060821 BT=1400 (BBC7)

The American delegation is bent on identifying the owner of the Hoover cottage; Ballylenon braces itself for extraordinary news. Episode 6 of 6.

20060822 BT=0600 (BBC7)

The American delegation is bent on identifying the owner of the Hoover cottage; Ballylenon braces itself for extraordinary news. Episode 6 of 6.

20060529 BT=1400 (BBC7)

The arrival of a distinguished relative sets Vera McConkey's alarm bells ringing. Episode 2 of 4.

20060530 BT=0600 (BBC7)

The arrival of a distinguished relative sets Vera McConkey's alarm bells ringing. Episode 2 of 4.

20070720 BT=1700 (BBC7)

The arrival of a distinguished relative sets Vera McConkey's alarm bells ringing. Episode 2 of 4.

20070721 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The arrival of a distinguished relative sets Vera McConkey's alarm bells ringing. Episode 2 of 4.

20070511 BT=1700 (BBC7)

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big? Episode 1 of 6.

20070512 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big? Episode 1 of 6.

20081111 BT=0630 (BBC7)

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big? Episode 1 of 6.

20060321 BT=0600 (BBC7)

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big? Episode 2 of 6.

20070922 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Thief! How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch? Episode 3 of 6.

20060911 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Though Guard Gallagher is in the country infirmary, the wrangling over the Hoover cottage continues unabated. Episode 3 of 6.

20060912 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Though Guard Gallagher is in the country infirmary, the wrangling over the Hoover cottage continues unabated. Episode 3 of 6.

20071103 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Though Guard Gallagher is in the country infirmary, the wrangling over the Hoover cottage continues unabated. Episode 3 of 6.

20060704 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Tongues are wagging in Ballylenon - certain marriages are set to take place, and certain people are not happy. Episode 3 of 4.

20070824 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Tongues are wagging in Ballylenon - certain marriages are set to take place, and certain people are not happy. Episode 3 of 4.

20070825 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Tongues are wagging in Ballylenon - certain marriages are set to take place, and certain people are not happy. Episode 3 of 4.

20050219 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

20060327 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

20060328 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

20070518 BT=1700 (BBC7)

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

20070519 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

20081118 BT=0630 (BBC7)

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

20060417 BT=1400 (BBC7)

Will Ballylenon's courthouse be demolished? It looks like it, but a last minute reprieve could change that. Episode 6 of 6.

20060418 BT=0600 (BBC7)

Will Ballylenon's courthouse be demolished? It looks like it, but a last minute reprieve could change that. Episode 6 of 6.

20110404-@@@-20110404 (BBC7)
20110405 (BBC7)

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse.

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park.

Starring TP McKenna.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940608]

by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

First of a six-part series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism. Trouble brews when the McConkey sisters join forces with hotel owner Phonsie Doherty and campaign to have the town's Georgian courthouse demolished to make way for a car park.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940615]

by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Second of six episodes set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. Thwarted in their efforts to have the Georgian Courthouse demolished, Phonsie Doherty and the McConkey sisters prepare for a bitter war against the liberal press.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940622]

by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Third of sixepisodes set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. Vera's value as an eavesdropper for Phonsie Doherty is threatened when Dublin informs her that her exchange must go automatic.

Music by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940629]

by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Fourth of six episodes set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. The gloves are off in the battle to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall.

Music by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19940713]

by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Last of six episodes set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. Phonsie discovers that he is not the only one in Ballylenon with Political clout.

Music by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950405]

A comedy-drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon. The first ofsixepisodes set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950412]

A six-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. 2: Phonsie Doherty and the McConkey sisters prepare for a bitter war.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950419]

Part 3 of the six-part comedy drama by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. with Robert Patterson. Music by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950426]

Six-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953. 4: The gloves are off in the battle to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall.

Music by Stephanie Hughes

Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950503]

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon set in Co Donegal in 1953. 5: Phonsie calls in a few favours.

With Dominic Letts , Wesley Murphy and Marcella Riordan. Music by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950510]

by Christopher Fitz-Simon. Last of six episodes set in Ballylenon, Co

Donegal, in 1953. Phonsie discovers that he is not the only one in Ballylenon with political clout.

Music Stephanie Hughes

Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950711]

A second series of the comedy drama by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal.

Already divided over the proposed demolition of an 18th-century court house to make way for the Swilly Arms' car park, the town's

Development Association seems set for open confrontation.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950718]

A second series of the comedy drama by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal. Already divided over the proposed demolition of an 18th-century court house to make way for the Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan Postponed from 11 July

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950725]

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1954. 2: Phonsie and his diminutive sidekick, columnist Stumpy Bonnar , do their best to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick , but it starts to appear as though they may have met their match.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950801]

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1954. 3: Rumour has spread that the Rev

Samuel Hawthorne may be moving to the larger parish of Newtowncunningham. As a result, Vera McConkey , the telephone operator and ears of Ballylenon, pays extra special attention to the calls coming through her exchange.

Rev Samuel Hawthorne....GERARD MURPHY with Gerard McSorley. Charlie Bonnar , Ciara McKeown , Harry Towb. Ruairi McAteer. Catriona O'Reilly , Danielle Costigan and Fabio Aprile. Music by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950808]

The last episode of Christopher Fitz -Simon's comedy drama set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954. Having "overheard" that the Rev Hawthorne is leaving Ballylenon for a larger congregation, telephone operator Vera McConkey loses no time in communicating the good news to the local newspaper, The Vindicator. with Charlie Bonnar and Ciara McKeown

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960511]

First of a four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal. with John Hewitt , Gerard McSorley ,

Charlie Bonnar and Ciara McKeown. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960518]

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Co Donegal in 1954. 2: Phonsie and his diminutive sidekick do their best to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick. with John Hewitt. Gerard McSorley , Charlie Bonnar and Ciara McKeown. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960601]

The final episode of Christopher Fitz -Simon's comedy drama set in 1950s Co Donegal. A new series starts on Tuesday evening at 6.30pm.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan Rpt

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960604]

Another four episodes of the comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz -

Simon, set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal. 1: Conditions should be fine for the tidy villages competition, but opinions differ as to how the funds should be raised and who should be doing the raising.

With John Hewitt. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960611]

Four episodes of the comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal. 2: The arrival of a relative sets alarm bells ringing in Vera McConkey 's manual telephone exchange. with John Hewitt , Marcella Riordan and Catherine White. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960618]

Four episodes of the comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal.

3:

The McConkeys' distinguished relative, Sister Gabriel, would appear to have left her Order.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19960625]

The last episode of the comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal.

An offer of employment in Scotland for the Rev Hawthorne raises the expectations of Ms Boal.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971013]

Christopher Fitz-Simon 's four-part comedy drama series set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal. 1: Conditions should be fine for the tidy villages competition, but opinions differ as to how the funds should be raised. with TP McKenna, Gerard McScorley , Charlie Bonner

, Aine McCartney and John Hewitt Director Eoin O'Callaghan Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971027]

Four episodes of the comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon.3: The McConkeys' relative, Sister Gabriel, would appear to have left her order. with TP McKenna, Aine McCartney , John Hewitt , Marcella Riordan and Gerard Murphy Director Eoin O'Callaghan Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971103]

The last episode of Christopher Fitz -Simon's comedy drama series. An offer of employment in Scotland for the Rev Hawthorne raises the expectations of Ms Boal. with TP McKenna, Gerard McScorley , Aine McCartney , John Hewitt and Gerard Murphy Director Eoin O'Callaghan Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971203]

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, County Donegal. 1: The discovery that a ramshackle cottage may have belonged to the family of US president Hoover presents Phonsie with a major financial opportunity. with John Hewitt. Gerard McSorley ,

Anna Manahan and Gerard Murphy. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin OCallaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971210]

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal.

2: The death of Canon Friel has caused quite an upset among the faithful. with Aine McCartney. John Hewitt , Gerard McSorley and Gerard Murphy. Music

Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971217]

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Frtz-Simon , set in Co Donegal. 3: While Phonsie wrestles to gain possession of a church property, a rumour that the Hawthornes may not go to Scotland becomes a real possibility. with Stella McCusker. Aine McCartney. Gerard Murphy , Tim Loane and Cathy White. Music

Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971224]

The last programme in the current series of Christopher Fitz-Simon 's comedy drama set in County Donegal. McGoldrick, suitor to Josie, has long proved a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. with Aine McCartney. Gerard Murphy.

Tim Loane and Cathy White. Music Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

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The battle commences to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall.

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Ballylenon Is A Sleepy Town.

But It Rumbles To Life When The Hotelier Plans To Demolish The Old Court house to build a car park.

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Phonsie Looks Forward To Reaping The Rewards That Guard Gallagher's New York Singing Trip Will Bring

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The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'.

But is this the start of something big?

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Divided Over The Proposed Swilly Arms Car Park, The Town's Development Association Seems Set For Open confrontation.

Divided over the proposed Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation. Episode 1 of 4.

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Conditions Should Be Fine For The Tidy Villages Competition, But Opinions Differ As To How The Funds should be raised and who should be doing the raising.

With Stella McCusker, Margaret D'Arcy and T P McKenna.

Director Eoin O'callaghan.

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge.

With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker.

Christopher Fitz-Simon 's four-part comedy drama series set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal. 1: Conditions should be fine for the tidy villages competition, but opinions differ as to how the funds should be raised. with TP McKenna, Gerard McScorley , Charlie Bonner

, Aine McCartney and John Hewitt Director Eoin O'Callaghan Repeat

Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge. With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker.

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Sister Gabriel Appears To Have Relinquished Her Order And Murie's Injury Develops An Unexpected Closeness with Phonsie Doherty.

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A Ramshackle Cottage That Belonged To The Family Of Us President Hoover? Phonsie Sees A Major Financial opportunity.

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Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park.

Starring TP McKenna.

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park. Starring TP McKenna. Episode 1 of 6.

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Ballylenon is a sleepy town. But it rumbles to life when the hotelier plans to demolish the old court house to build a car park.

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Canon Friel's death has caused quite an upset among the faithful and has ruined Phonsie's plans to buy an interesting property.

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Guard Gallagher's song about Ballylenon has been accepted for NYPD competition.

But who will accompany him to Manhattan?

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Life In The Sleepy Irish Town Is Shaken When A Bitter War Against The Liberal Press Is Fought.

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Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic.

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Phonsie And Stumpy Strive To Keep Young Josie From The Clutches Of Packy Mcgoldrick, But They May Have met their match.

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The Arrival Of A Distinguished Relative Sets Alarm Bells Ringing In Vera Mcconkey's Manual Telephone exchange, especially when Ms Boal reveals a former acquaintance.

Comedy Drama Set In The Sleepy Irish Town Of Ballylenon In 1953 - Where Debate Rages Over President Hoover's cottage.

Canon Friel's death has caused quite an upset among the faithful and has ruined Phonsie's plans to buy an interesting property.

The arrival of a distinguished relative sets Vera McConkey's alarm bells ringing. With TP McKenna. Episode 2 of 4.

Canon Friel's death has caused quite an upset among the faithful and has ruined Phonsie's plans to buy an interesting property. Episode 2 of 4.

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Guard Gallagher's song about Ballylenon has been accepted for the NYPD competition. But who will accompany him to Manhattan? Episode 2 of 6.

Comedy drama set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1953, before the days of mass tourism. Episode 2 of 6.

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The Highlight Of The Cultural Week In Ballylenon Is A 'gramophone Record Recital'.

But Is This The Start of something big?

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big? Episode 2 of 6.

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Guard Gallagher's song about Ballylenon has been accepted for the NYPD competition. But who will accompany him to Manhattan? Episode 2 of 6.

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Though Guard Gallagher is in the country infirmary, the wrangling over the Hoover cottage continues unabated. Episode 3 of 6.

Comedy drama set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1953, before the days of mass tourism. Episode 3 of 6.

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Though Guard Gallagher Is In The Country Infirmary, The Wrangling Over The Hoover Cottage Continues unabated.

Episode 3 of 6.

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Vera's Value As An Eavesdropper In The Sleepy Town Is Threatened When Dublin Tells Her The Exchange must go automatic.

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

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Josie Doherty Is Stepping Out With Someone.

Her Father Suspects Who, And He Does Not Approve.

Josie Doherty is stepping out with someone - her father suspects who, and he does not approve.

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The rumour that the Hawthornes may not after all go to Scotland is fast becoming a very real possibility. Episode 3 of 4.

The Rumour That The Hawthornes May Not After All Go To Scotland Is Fast Becoming A Very Real Possibility.

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The Mcconkeys' Distinguished Relative, Sister Gabriel, Would Appear To Have Left Her Order.

And, As if to add insult to Muriel's injury, she develops an unexpected closeness with Phonise Doherty.

With Stella McCusker, Margaret D'Arcy and T P McKenna.

Director Eoin O'Callaghan.

A Bbc Religious Programme Is To Be Broadcast From A Local Church, But Not Everyone Is Convinced It's a good idea.

How Far Will Some Ballylenon Residents Go To Make Sure That The Sale Of A Certain Cottage Goes Ahead without a hitch?

Four episodes of the comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon.3: The McConkeys' relative, Sister Gabriel, would appear to have left her order. with TP McKenna, Aine McCartney , John Hewitt , Marcella Riordan and Gerard Murphy Director Eoin O'Callaghan Repeat

A BBC religious programme is to be broadcast from a local church, but not everyone is convinced it's a good idea. Episode 3 of 4.

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Tongues Are Wagging In Ballylenon - Certain Marriages Are Set To Take Place, And Certain People Are not happy.

Episode 3 of 4.

Tongues are wagging in Ballylenon - certain marriages are set to take place, and certain people are not happy. Episode 3 of 4.

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Packy McGoldrick has long been a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. Episode 4 of 4.

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1953 In The Sleepy Town Of Ballylenon In Co.

Donegal And Life Should Be Idyllic, The Air Is Ruffled with personal rivalries.

1953 in the sleepy town of Ballylenon in Co. Donegal and life should be idyllic, the air is ruffled with personal rivalries. Episode 4 of 6.

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Comedy drama set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1953, before the days of mass tourism. Episode 4 of 6.

Ballylenon awaits news of Guard Gallagher's performance in New York and the Hawthornes fret about their declining congregation. Episode 4 of 6.

Comedy Drama Set In The Sleepy Town Of Ballylenon, Co Donegal In 1953, Before The Days Of Mass Tourism.

Episode 4 of 6.

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1953 In The Sleepy Town Of Ballylenon In Co Donegal And Life Should Be Idyllic.

But The Air Is Ruffled with personal rivalries.

The last episode of Christopher Fitz -Simon's comedy drama series. An offer of employment in Scotland for the Rev Hawthorne raises the expectations of Ms Boal. with TP McKenna, Gerard McScorley , Aine McCartney , John Hewitt and Gerard Murphy Director Eoin O'Callaghan Repeat

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President Hoover's Ancestral Cottage? Irish Police Officers Being Assaulted By Dogs? Normal Day's Events in Ballylenon.

President Hoover's ancestral cottage? Irish police officers being assaulted by dogs? Normal day's events in Ballylenon. Episode 4 of 6.

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An Offer Of Employment In Scotland For The Rev Hawthorne Raises The Expectations Of Ms Boal, While Other factions hope they will both leave Ballylenon once and for all.

An offer of employment in Scotland for Rev Hawthorne raises the expectations of Ms Boal.

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Disappointment for certain residents of the tiny Irish village of the 1950s.

The courthouse still stands.

Disappointment for certain residents of the tiny Irish village of the 1950s. The courthouse still stands. Episode 4 of 4.

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Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 5 of 6.

Comedy drama set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1953, before the days of mass tourism. Episode 5 of 6.

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Do Muriel's Visions Bode Prosperity? Will The Hawthornes Remain? Will Phonsie Find Romance And With whom?

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Donegal And Life Should Be Idyllic.

But The Air Is Ruffled with personal rivalries.

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1953 In The Sleepy Irish Town Of Ballylenon Should Be Idyllic.

Anti-capitalist railway protests? Mysterious visitors from America? Is change on the way for Ballylenon?

Comedy Drama Set In The Sleepy Town Of Ballylenon, Co Donegal In 1953, Before The Days Of Mass Tourism.

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Anti-capitalist railway protests? Mysterious visitors from America? Is change on the way for Ballylenon?

Anti-capitalist railway protests? Mysterious visitors from America? Is change on the way for Ballylenon? Episode 5 of 6.

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The American delegation is bent on identifying the owner of the Hoover cottage; Ballylenon braces itself for extraordinary news. Episode 6 of 6.

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 6 of 6.

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Christopher Fitz Simon's Wry Chronicle Of Life In The Seemingly Quiet Donegal Village Of Ballylenon in the late 1950s.

Will Ballylenon's Courthouse Be Demolished? It Looks Like It, But A Last Minute Reprieve Could Change that.

Christopher Fitz Simon's wry chronicle of life in the seemingly quiet Donegal village of Ballylenon in the late 1950s. Episode 6 of 6.

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Trouble brews when the McConkey sisters and hotel owner Phonsie Doherty campaign to get the town's Georgian courthouse demolished.

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park.

Starring TP McKenna.

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse.

The sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park

Set in 1953, the sleepy Irish town rumbles into life at plans to demolish the courthouse for a car park. Starring TP McKenna.

1953: Trouble brews when the McConkey sisters join forces with hotel owner, Phonsie Doherty to campaign for the demolition of the Georgian courthouse to make way for a car park.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard Murphy as Reverend Samuel Hawthorne, Roma Tomelty as RL Watson and Kevin Flood as O'Brollochain.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

1953: Trouble brews when the McConkey sisters join forces with hotel owner, Phonsie Doherty to campaign for the demolition of the Georgian courthouse to make way for a car park.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard Murphy as Reverend Samuel Hawthorne, Roma Tomelty as RL Watson and Kevin Flood as O'Brollochain.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

Ballylenon is a sleepy town. But it rumbles to life when the hotelier plans to demolish the old court house to build a car park. Episode 1 of 6.

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Thwarted in their efforts to have the courthouse demol- ished, Phonsie and the McConkey sisters prepare for a war with the press.

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'.

But is this the start of something big?

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big?

A "gramophone record recital" is the Irish town's cultural highlight of 1953 - the start of something big?

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Marcella Riordan as Eithne Ni Phartalain and Dominic Letts as Aubrey Frawley

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

The highlight of the cultural week in Ballylenon is a 'gramophone record recital'. But is this the start of something big? Episode 1 of 6.

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Vera's value as an eavesdropper for Phonsie Doherty is threatened when Dublin informs her that her exchange must go automatic.

Vera's eavesdropping days are threatened by the Irish town's new automatic exchange.

Comedy drama set in 1953.

Stars TP McKenna.

Vera's eavesdropping days are threatened by the Irish town's new automatic telephone exchange.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Anna Manahan as Peg Sweeney, Kevin Flood and Robert Patterson.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

Vera's eavesdropping days are threatened by the Irish town's new automatic exchange. Comedy drama set in 1953. Stars TP McKenna.

Vera's value as an eavesdropper in the sleepy town is threatened when Dublin tells her the exchange must go automatic. Episode 3 of 6.

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The gloves are off in the battle to bring the opera festival to Kullycromper Hall.

The battle commences to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall.

1953 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

More events of 1953 in the Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

The battle commences to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall. More events of 1953 in the Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

The battle commences to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

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The battle commences to bring the opera festival to Killycromper Hall. 1953 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna. Episode 4 of 6.

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Phonsie calls in a few favours from his friend Joe MacMonagle.

1953 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

More events of 1953 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

Phonsie calls in a few favours from his friend Joe MacMonagle. More events of 1953 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Phonsie calls in a few favours from his friend Joe MacMonagle.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar. Dominic Letts as Aubrey Frawley, Wesley Murphy as Jonathan Ffrench O'Dowd and Marcella Riordan as Primrose Ffrench O'Dowd.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

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Will the 1000 Years Festival mark the end of the old courthouse battle? It's summer 1953.

Will the "1000 Years" Festival mark the end of the old courthouse battle?

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Kevin Flood as Canon Friel and Dominic Letts as Aubrey Frawley.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

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Phonsie discovers that he is not the only one in Ballylenon with political clout.

It's the 1000 Years Festival.

Will it mark the end of the battle for the old courthouse?

It's Ballylenon's 1000 Years Festival.

Will the 1000 Years Festival mark the end of the old courthouse battle? It's summer 1953 in the Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Will the 1000 Years Festival mark the end of the old courthouse battle? It's summer 1953.

Will the "1000 Years" Festival mark the end of the old courthouse battle?

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1953, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home. Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Kevin Flood as Canon Friel and Dominic Letts as Aubrey Frawley.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1994.

It's the 1000 Years Festival. Will it mark the end of the battle for the old courthouse?

It's Ballylenon's 1000 Years Festival. Will it mark the end of the battle for the old courthouse?

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The town's Development Association looks set for open confrontation. Starring TP McKenna.

Already divided over the proposed demolition of an 18th-century court house to make way for the Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick and Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

It's 1954 in the sleepy Irish town, and the Development Association looks set for open confrontation. Starring TP McKenna.

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Divided over the proposed demolition of the court- house, the town's development association seems set for confrontation.

The town's Development Association looks set for open confrontation.

Starring TP McKenna.

1954 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

It's 1954 in the sleepy Irish town, and the Development Association looks set for open confrontation.

It's 1954 in the sleepy Irish town, and the Development Association looks set for open confrontation. Starring TP McKenna.

The town's Development Association looks set for open confrontation. Starring TP McKenna.

Already divided over the proposed demolition of an 18th-century court house to make way for the Swilly Arms' car park, the town's Development Association seems set for open confrontation.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick and Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

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Phonsie and Stumpy struggle to keep Josie from Packy McGoldrick's clutches.

Phonsie and Stumpy struggle to keep Josie away from Packy McGoldrick's clutches. It's 1954 in the Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

It's 1954 in the Irish town, and Phonsie and Stumpy struggle to keep Josie away from Packy McGoldrick's clutches. Stars TP McKenna.

Phonsie and his diminutive sidekick, columnist Stumpy Bonnar, battle to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but have they met their match?

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick and Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

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Phonsie and his sidekick, columnist Stumpy Bonnar, do their best to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick.

Phonsie and Stumpy struggle to keep Josie from Packy McGoldrick's clutches.

Phonsie and Stumpy struggle to keep Josie away from Packy McGoldrick's clutches.

It's 1954 in the Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

It's 1954 in the Irish town, and Phonsie and Stumpy struggle to keep Josie away from Packy McGoldrick's clutches. Stars TP McKenna.

Phonsie and his diminutive sidekick, columnist Stumpy Bonnar, battle to keep young Josie from the clutches of Packy McGoldrick, but have they met their match?

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher and Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick and Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

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With clergy rumours buzzing, Vera is extra busy in the telephone exchange.

With clergy rumours buzzing - Vera McConkey's extra busy in the telephone exchange

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick, Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty, Gerard Murphy as Rev Samuel Hawthorne and Harry Towb as Mr Mawhinney.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

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Rumour has spread that the Rev Samuel Hawthorne may be moving to a larger parish.

With clergy rumours buzzing - Vera's extra busy in the telephone exchange.

With clergy rumours buzzing, Vera is extra busy in the telephone exchange.

It's 1954 in the Irish town, and with clergy rumours buzzing, Vera is extra busy in the telephone exchange. Stars TP McKenna.

With clergy rumours buzzing, Vera is extra busy in the telephone exchange.

With clergy rumours buzzing - Vera McConkey's extra busy in the telephone exchange

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick, Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty, Gerard Murphy as Rev Samuel Hawthorne and Harry Towb as Mr Mawhinney.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

With clergy rumours buzzing - Vera's extra busy in the telephone exchange.

With clergy rumours buzzing - Vera's extra busy in the telephone exchange. It's 1954 in the Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

It's 1954 in the Irish town, and with clergy rumours buzzing, Vera is extra busy in the telephone exchange. Stars TP McKenna.

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Vera tells the newspaper all the clergy latest, but there's disappointment.

After "overhearing" that Reverend Hawthorne is leaving Ballylenon for a larger congregation, telephone operator Vera McConkey loses no time in communicating the good news to the local newspaper, The Vindicator.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal, in 1954, before the days of mass tourism and proper plumbing in every home.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick, Ciara McKeown as Josie Doherty and Gerard Murphy as Rev Samuel Hawthorne.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1995.

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Having heard that the Rev Hawthorne is leaving Ballylenon, telephone operator Vera McConkey tells the local newspaper.

Vera tells the newspaper all the clergy latest, but there's disappointment.

It's 1954 in the Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

Vera tells the newspaper all the clergy latest, but there's disappointment. It's 1954 in the Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

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The Highlight Of The Cultural Week In Ballylenon Is A 'gramophone Record Recital'.

But Is This The Start of something big? Episode 1 of 6.

It's time for the Tidy Village Competition, but the inevitable factions emerge.

1955 sleepy Irish whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

Events move on to 1955.

Stars TP McKenna.

It's time for the Tidy Village Competition, but the inevitable factions emerge. Events move on to 1955. Stars TP McKenna.

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A distinguished relative's arrival rings the alarm for Vera McConkey.

Starring TP McKenna.

A distinguished relative's arrival rings the alarm bells for Vera McConkey.

1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

A distinguished relative's arrival rings the alarm for Vera McConkey. Starring TP McKenna.

A distinguished relative's arrival rings the alarm for Vera McConkey. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

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The BBC's plan to record a programme at the church causes some upset.

With TP McKenna.

1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

The BBC's plan to record a programme at the church causes some upset. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

The BBC's plan to record a programme at the church causes some upset. With TP McKenna.

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A job offer for the Reverend Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations.

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An offer of employment for Rev Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations.

A job offer for the Reverend Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations.

Starring TP McKenna.

1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

1953 In The Sleepy Town Of Ballylenon In Co.

Donegal, And Life Should Be Idyllic.

But The Air Is Ruffled with personal rivalries.

A job offer for the Reverend Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations.1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

A job offer for the Reverend Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

A job offer for the Reverend Hawthorne raises Ms Boal's expectations. Starring TP McKenna.

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Conditions should be fine for the Tidy Village Competition, but inevitable factions emerge.

With TP McKenna and Stella McCusker.

The discovery that a ramshackle cottage may have belonged to the family of American president Hoover presents Phonsie with a major financial opportunity.

But, as ever, Vivienne Hawthorne (nee Boal) may prove a fly in the ointment.

Murie's injury leads to an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty.

With TP McKenna.

1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy, starring TP McKenna.

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

Murie's injury leads to an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty. With TP McKenna.

Murie's injury leads to an unexpected closeness with Phonsie Doherty. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, County Donegal. 1: The discovery that a ramshackle cottage may have belonged to the family of US president Hoover presents Phonsie with a major financial opportunity. with John Hewitt. Gerard McSorley ,

Anna Manahan and Gerard Murphy. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes Director Eoin OCallaghan

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

The discovery that a ramshackle cottage may have belonged to the family of US President, Herbert Hoover presents Phonsie with a major financial opportunity.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1955.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar, Anna Manahan as Peg Sweeneyand Gerard Murphy as Rev Samuel Hawthorne.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

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The arrival of a distinguished relative sets Vera McConkey's alarm bells ringing.

The death of Canon Friel has caused quite an upset among the faithful, especially Phonsie, who had expected the cleric to sell him an interesting property.

Canon Friel's death causes upset and ruins Phonsie Doherty's plans.

Starring TP McKenna.

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

Canon Friel's death causes upset and ruins Phonsie Doherty's plans. Starring TP McKenna.

Canon Friel's death causes upset and ruins Phonsie Doherty's plans. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon , set in Ballylenon, Co Donegal.

2: The death of Canon Friel has caused quite an upset among the faithful. with Aine McCartney. John Hewitt , Gerard McSorley and Gerard Murphy. Music

Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

The death of Canon Friel causes upset amongst the faithful and ruins Phonsie Doherty's plans...

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, County Donegal in 1955.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, John Hewitt as Guard Gallagher, Gerard McSorley as Stumpy Bonnar and Gerard Murphy as Rev Samuel Hawthorne.
Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

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While Phonsie wrestles to gain possession of a church property, rumours that the Hawthornes may not go to Scotland become a very real possibility.

Tongues are wagging.

Certain weddings are due and certain people aren't happy.

Certain weddings are due and certain people aren't happy.1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Tongues are wagging - certain weddings are due and some folk aren't happy.

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

Tongues are wagging. Certain weddings are due, and some folk aren't happy. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Four-part comedy drama series by Christopher Frtz-Simon , set in Co Donegal. 3: While Phonsie wrestles to gain possession of a church property, a rumour that the Hawthornes may not go to Scotland becomes a real possibility. with Stella McCusker. Aine McCartney. Gerard Murphy , Tim Loane and Cathy White. Music

Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

Tongues are wagging. Certain weddings are due and certain people aren't happy.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Tongues are wagging. Certain weddings are due and some folk aren't happy...
Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1955.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Cathy White as Josie Doherty and Tim Loane as Packy McGoldrick.
Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

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A phone call gives Phonsie the ammunition to deal with Packy McGoldrick.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

A phone call gives Phonsie the ammunition to deal with Packy McGoldrick.
Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1955.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Boal, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Cathy White as Josie Doherty and Tim Loane as Packy McGoldrick.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.
Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997.

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A phone call gives Phonsie the ammunition to deal with Packy McGoldrick.

A phone call gives Phonsie the ammunition to deal with Packy McGoldrick. It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

It's 1955 in the sleepy Irish town.

Stars TP McKenna.

A phone call gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs to deal with Packy McGoldrick.

1955 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Packy McGoldrick has long been a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs.

The last programme in the current series of Christopher Fitz-Simon 's comedy drama set in County Donegal. McGoldrick, suitor to Josie, has long proved a source of aggravation, but a phone call from Birmingham gives Phonsie the ammunition he needs. with Aine McCartney. Gerard Murphy.

Tim Loane and Cathy White. Music Stephanie Hughes. Director Eoin O'Callaghan

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Phonsie's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Phonsie's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Phonsie's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Phonsie's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Comedy drama series set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

Phonsie Doherty's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation.

Comedy drama series set in the 1950s in a Donegal town. Phonsie's sale of the Hoover ancestral home is the cause of much speculation. Episode 1 of 6.

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The debate rages over President Hoover's cottage, and Stumpy collects signatures.

The debate rages over President Hoover's cottage, and Stumpy collects signatures. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

From 1956

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Comedy drama set in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon in 1953, where debate rages over President Hoover's cottage.

Though Vivienne has found evidence that the Hoover ancestral home may have been left to their church and not to Father O'Flatley's, Samuel is fearful of any inflammatory disclosures.

The debate rages over President Hoover's cottage and Stumpy collects signatures. From 1956

The debate rages over President Hoover's cottage and Stumpy collects signatures. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Comedy drama set in the sleepy Irish town of Ballylenon in 1953, where debate rages over President Hoover's cottage. Episode 2 of 6.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Guard Gallagher gets new lodgings, as arguments rage over the cottage.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1956.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Hawthorne, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Marcella Riordan as Peg Sweeney, John Guiney as Father O'Flatley and Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

The debate rages over President Hoover's cottage, and Stumpy collects signatures.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Guard Gallagher gets new lodgings, as arguments rage over the cottage.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1956.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Hawthorne, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Marcella Riordan as Peg Sweeney, John Guiney as Father O'Flatley and Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

The debate rages over President Hoover's cottage, and Stumpy collects signatures.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Guard Gallagher gets new lodgings, as arguments rage over the cottage.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1956.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Hawthorne, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Marcella Riordan as Peg Sweeney, John Guiney as Father O'Flatley and Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

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How far will some residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage suceeds?

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

How far will some residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage suceeds?

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

How far will some residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage suceeds?

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Thief! How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch?

How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch?

Phonsie and Muriel are desperate to complete renovations of the Hoover cottage before the arrival of an American delegation.

Meanwhile, Stumpy fights to save his job at Lough Swilly Railway.

How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch? It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Thief! How far will some Ballylenon residents go to make sure that the sale of a certain cottage goes ahead without a hitch? Episode 3 of 6.

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Guard Gallagher moves into new lodgings, as the arguments rage over the cottage.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Guard Gallagher gets new lodgings, as arguments rage over the cottage.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1956.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Hawthorne, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Marcella Riordan as Peg Sweeney, John Guiney as Father O'Flatley and Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

Guard Gallagher moves into new lodgings, as the arguments rage over the cottage.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

Guard Gallagher gets new lodgings, as arguments rage over the cottage.

Series set in the sleepy town of Ballylenon, Co Donegal in 1956.

Written by Christopher Fitz-Simon.

Starring TP McKenna as Phonsie Doherty, Margaret D'Arcy as Muriel McConkey, Stella McCusker as Vera McConkey, Aine McCartney as Vivienne Hawthorne, Gerard Murphy as Rev Hawthorne, Marcella Riordan as Peg Sweeney, John Guiney as Father O'Flatley and Charlie Bonnar as Packy McGoldrick.

Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes.

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.

Guard Gallagher moves into new lodgings, as the arguments rage over the cottage.

Guard Gallagher moves into new lodgings, as the arguments rage over the cottage. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

President Hoover's ancestral cottage? Irish police officers being assaulted by dogs? A normal day's events in Ballylenon.

Stumpy's camapign to save the railway wins the backing of the Development Association.

Meanwhile, Guard Gallagher contemplates taking up lodgings with the McConkeys.

Guard Gallagher moves into new lodgings, as the arguments rage over the cottage. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

President Hoover's ancestral cottage? Irish police officers being assaulted by dogs? A normal day's events in Ballylenon. Episode 4 of 6.

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The Hoover cottage wrangling continues as Stompy's railway protest back-fires.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

The Hoover cottage wrangling continues as Stompy's railway protest back-fires. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

From 1956.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Though guard Gallagher is in the county infirmary after being savaged by the Mcconkeys' dog, the wrangling over the Hoover cottage continues unabated.

The Hoover cottage wrangling continues as Stompy's railway protest back-fires. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Anti-capitalist railway protests? Mysterious visitors from America? Is change on the way for Ballylenon?

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The Americans are desperate to identify the owner of the Hoover cottage.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town

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The Americans are desperate to identify the owner of the Hoover cottage.

From 1956.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

With the American delegation is determined to reveal the identity of the owner of the Hoover cottage, the denizens of Ballylenon brace themselves for the most extraordinary news.

The American delegation is bent on identifying the owner of the Hoover cottage.

Ballylenon braces itself for extraordinary news.

self for extraordinary news.

The Americans are desperate to identify the owner of the Hoover cottage. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

The Americans are desperate to identify the owner of the Hoover cottage. From 1956.

The Americans are desperate to identify the owner of the Hoover cottage. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

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The American delegation is bent on identifying the owner of the Hoover cottage. Ballylenon braces itself for extraordinary news. Episode 6 of 6.

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Phonsie's keen to reap the rewards from Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Phonsie looks forward to reaping the rewards that Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip will bring.

From 1956

Will guard Gallacher brave the toothsome Napper Tandy and return to the Mcconkey sisters' lodgings?

Phonsie is keen to send Guard Gallagher to sing in a New York competition.

Phonsie is keen to send Guard Gallagher to sing in a New York competition. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Phonsie's keen to reap the rewards from Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip. From 1956

Phonsie's keen to reap the rewards from Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Phonsie looks forward to reaping the rewards that Guard Gallagher's New York singing trip will bring. Episode 1 of 6.

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Guard Gallagher's impending trip to the Big Apple is the talk of the town.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

From 1956.

Phonsie looks forward to the rich profits Guard Gallacher's singing trip to New York will generate for Ballylenon and himself.

But what new mania has overtaken Muriel?

Guard Gallagher's impending trip to the Big Apple sparks a lot of gossip.

Guard Gallagher's impending trip to the Big Apple sparks a lot of gossip. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Guard Gallagher's impending trip to the Big Apple is the talk of the town. From 1956.

Guard Gallagher's impending trip to the Big Apple is the talk of the town. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

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The speculation continues over Guard Gallagher's trip and the Hoover cottage.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Guard Gallagher's song has been accepted by the Irish chapter of the New York police department social club for their song competition.

But who will accompany him to Manhattan?

The speculation continues over Guard Gallagher's trip and the Hoover cottage. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

The speculation continues over Guard Gallagher's trip and the Hoover cottage. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Though Guard Gallagher is in the country infirmary, the wrangling over the Hoover cottage continues unabated. Episode 3 of 6.

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The residents await news from New York and the Hawthornes are fretting.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Ballylenon awaits news of Guard Gallagher's performance in New York, and the Hawthornes fret about their declining congregation.

The residents await news from New York, and the Hawthornes are fretting. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

The residents await news from New York and the Hawthornes are fretting. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Ballylenon awaits news of Guard Gallagher's performance in New York, and the Hawthornes fret about their declining congregation. Episode 4 of 6.

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Phonsie's plans perturb the locals, but Muriel's accident proves a blessing.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Following Guard Gallagher's success in New York, Phonsie has lured back a woman tourist executive to promote the town.

How will Muriel react?

Phonsie's plans perturb the locals, but Muriel's accident proves a blessing. It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Phonsie's plans perturb the locals, but Muriel's accident proves a blessing. 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 5 of 6.

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Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity and will the Hawthornes move on?

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity and will the Hawthornes move on? 1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

1956 sleepy Irish town whimsy with TP McKenna.

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance, and with whom?

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 5 of 6.

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity, and will the Hawthornes move on? It's 1956 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars TP McKenna.

Do Muriel's visions bode prosperity? Will the Hawthornes remain? Will Phonsie find romance and with whom? Episode 6 of 6.

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Muriel returns from a pilgrimage. Phonsie is quick to capitalise. 1959 in the Irish town.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

It is 1959. When Muriel experiences a 'miraculous apparition' on pilgrimage to Lourdes, Phonsie Doherty is quick to seize on its business potential for Ballylenon.

Muriel Maconchy....Margaret D'Arcy

Vera Maconchy....Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty....Gerard Murphy

Vivienne Hawthorne....Annie McCartney

Rev Samuel Hawthorne....Miche Doherty

Stumpy Bonner....Gerard McSorley

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

This episode is available until 11.30am on 6th January 2010 as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

It is 1959.

When Muriel experiences a 'miraculous apparition' on pilgrimage to Lourdes, Phonsie Doherty is quick to seize on its business potential for Ballylenon.

When Muriel sees a 'miraculous apparition', Phonsie is quick to seize on its potential.

Muriel returns from a pilgrimage, and Phonsie is quick to capitalise.

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Phonsie conspires with Stumpy to make the most of Muriel's status. 1959 in the Irish town.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

It is 1959. When Muriel experiences a 'miraculous apparition' on pilgrimage to Lourdes, Phonsie Doherty is quick to seize on its business potential for Ballylenon.

Muriel Maconchy....Margaret D'Arcy

Vera Maconchy....Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty....Gerard Murphy

Vivienne Hawthorne....Annie McCartney

Rev Samuel Hawthorne....Miche Doherty

Stumpy Bonner....Gerard McSorley

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

This episode is available until 11.30am on 6th January 2010 as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

It is 1959.

Customers to Miss Maconchy's shop have increased significantly since her 'vision' at Lourdes.

But Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne wonders if the census that disclosed a fall in her congregation was tampered with.

Terry Black....Mark Lambert

Consuela Dooley....Cathy Belton

Phonsie conspires with Stumpy to make the most of Muriel's status.

It is 1959. Customers to Miss Maconchy's shop have increased significantly since her 'vision' at Lourdes. But Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne wonders if the census that disclosed a fall in her congregation was tampered with.

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Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

It is 1959.

Vera, who runs the manual exchange, has 'overheard' a telephone conversation suggesting her franchise may be transferred to a new arrival in Ballylenon.

Muriel Maconchy....Margaret D'Arcy

Vera Maconchy....Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty....Gerard Murphy

Vivienne Hawthorne....Annie Mccartney

Stumpy Bonner....Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher....Frankie McCafferty

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Directed by Eoin O'callaghan

This episode is available until 11.30am on 6th January 2010 as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

Vera, who runs the manual exchange, 'overhears' a worrying telephone conversation.

Phonsie treats Muriel to a meal, and Bernie Gallagher is back in town.

Phonsie treats Muriel to a meal, and Bernie Gallagher is back in town. It's 1959 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars Gerard Murphy.

It is 1959. Vera, who runs the manual exchange, has 'overheard' a telephone conversation suggesting her franchise may be transferred to a new arrival in Ballylenon.

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Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

It is 1959.

Monsignor McFadden has declared that Miss McConkey's alleged 'vision' at Lourdes needs careful investigation, jeopardising Phonsie Doherty's plans for a festival of light.

Muriel Maconchy....Margaret D'Arcy

Vera Maconchy....Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty....Gerard Murphy

Vivienne Hawthorne....Annie Mccartney

Rev Samuel Hawthorne....Miche Doherty

Stumpy Bonner....Gerard McSorley

Aubrey Frawley....Matthew Addis

Daniel O'Searcaigh....James Greene

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Directed by Eoin O'callaghan

This episode is available until 11.30am on 6th January 2010 as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

Monsignor McFadden has declared that Miss McConkey's 'vision' needs careful investigation.

Phonsie finds another venue for his "Festival of Light". 1959 in a sleepy Irish town.

Phonsie manages to find another venue for his "Festival of Light". It's 1959 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars Gerard Murphy.

Phonsie manages to find another venue for his Festival of Light.

It is 1959. Monsignor McFadden has declared that Miss McConkey's alleged 'vision' at Lourdes needs careful investigation, jeopardising Phonsie Doherty's plans for a festival of light.

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Bernard Gallagher has resigned from the police force to take up a singing career and, while lodging with the Maconchy sisters at the post office, makes a devastating discovery.

Muriel Maconchy....Margaret D'Arcy

Vera Maconchy....Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty....Gerard Murphy

Vivienne Hawthorne....Annie Mccartney

Stumpy Bonner....Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher....Frankie McCafferty

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Directed by Eoin O'callaghan

This episode is available until 11.30am on 6th January 2010 as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

Bernard Gallagher makes a devastating discovery.

Mr Gallagher makes a shockingly gruesome discovery. It's 1959 in the sleepy Irish town.

Mr Gallagher makes a shockingly gruesome discovery. It's 1959 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars Gerard Murphy.

Gallagher makes a shockingly gruesome discovery in the suddenly not-so-sleepy Irish town.

Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

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Comedy drama series by Christopher Fitz-Simon, set in the 1950s in a Donegal town.

Will the sisters be able to silence the question of exactly how long Councillor Maconchy has been dead?

Muriel Maconchy....Margaret D'Arcy

Vera Maconchy....Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty....Gerard Murphy

Vivienne Hawthorne....Annie McCartney

Stumpy Bonner....Gerard McSorley

Aubrey Frawley....Matthew Addis

Terry Black....Mark Lambert

Pianist: Michael Harrison

Directed by Eoin O'Callaghan

This episode is available until 11.30am on 6th January 2010 as part of the Series Catch-up Trial.

Will the sisters silence the question of how long Councillor Maconchy has been dead?

Vera and Muriel experience the fallout from Mr Gallagher's discovery.

Vera and Muriel experience the fallout from Mr Gallagher's discovery. It's 1959 in the sleepy Irish town. Stars Gerard Murphy.

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Guard Gallagher's unexpected return from America spells trouble for the McConkeys.

Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover

Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie (Alphonsus) Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy

Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy

Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney

Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty

Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene

Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack

Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem

Polly Acton - Joanna Munro

Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons

Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.

Ballylenon, County Donegal.

Pop.

1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953.

Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

(Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests.

Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office.

Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon.

However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher.

The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

Muriel McConachie , 62.

Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise.

Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty.

She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon.

Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken.

She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty.

58.

Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association.

Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects.

His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal.

Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher.

Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation.

Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes.

She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation.

And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

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Ballylenon, County Donegal.

Pop.

1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953.

Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

(Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests.

Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office.

Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon.

However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher.

The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover

Muriel McConachie , 62.

Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise.

Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty.

She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon.

Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken.

She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty.

58.

Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association.

Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects.

His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal.

Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher.

Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation.

Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes.

She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation.

And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy

Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy

Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney

Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty

Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene

Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack

Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem

Polly Acton - Joanna Munro

Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons

Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.

Muriel decides that an apparition may rekindle interest in things religious.

Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie (Alphonsus) Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

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Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover

Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy

Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy

Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney

Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty

Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene

Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack

Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem

Polly Acton - Joanna Munro

Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons

Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.

Closure of the railway station compels Stumpy to look for alternative employment.

Ballylenon, County Donegal.

Pop.

1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953.

Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

(Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests.

Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office.

Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon.

However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher.

The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

Muriel McConachie , 62.

Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise.

Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty.

She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon.

Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken.

She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty.

58.

Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association.

Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects.

His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal.

Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher.

Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation.

Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes.

She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation.

And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Jobless Stumpy applies for a post as a journalist with the Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie (Alphonsus) Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

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Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover

Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy

Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy

Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney

Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty

Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene

Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack

Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem

Polly Acton - Joanna Munro

Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons

Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.

Phonsie urges Ballylenon to grab agritourism grants with both hands.

Ballylenon, County Donegal.

Pop.

1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953.

Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

(Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests.

Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office.

Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon.

However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher.

The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

Muriel McConachie , 62.

Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise.

Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty.

She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon.

Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken.

She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty.

58.

Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association.

Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects.

His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal.

Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher.

Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation.

Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes.

She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation.

And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie (Alphonsus) Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

0805Crime Fiction2011022320141106 (BBC7)
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Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover

Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy

Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy

Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney

Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty

Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene

Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack

Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem

Polly Acton - Joanna Munro

Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons

Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.

A writer finds the denizens of Ballylenon ideal for a salacious work of fiction.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie (Alphonsus) Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

Ballylenon, County Donegal.

Pop.

1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953.

Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

(Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests.

Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office.

Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon.

However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher.

The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

Muriel McConachie , 62.

Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise.

Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty.

She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon.

Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken.

She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty.

58.

Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association.

Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects.

His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal.

Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher.

Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation.

Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes.

She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation.

And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

A writer from London finds the local denizens ideal for a salacious work of fiction.

0806 LASTThe Threat Of Television2011030220141113 (BBC7)
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Ballylenon, County Donegal. Pop. 1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953. Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. (Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests. Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office. Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon. However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev. Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher. The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

In this brand new series, Christopher Fitz-Simon takes a jocose but jaundiced look at 1960's Ireland, where we discover

Muriel McConachie , 62. Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise. Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty. She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon. Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken. She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal. Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher. Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation. Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes. She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation. And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Ballylenon by Christopher Fitz-Simon

Muriel McConkey -Margaret D'Arcy

Vera McConkey -Stella McCusker

Phonsie Doherty -Gerard Murphy

Mrs Vivienne Hawthorne -Aine McCartney

Rev. Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Kevin 'Stumpy' Bonnar - Gerard McSorley

Guard Gallagher -Frankie McCafferty

Daniel O'Searcaigh - James Greene

Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack

Aubrey Frawley - Chris McHallem

Polly Acton - Joanna Munro

Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons

Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey

Directed By Eoin O'Callaghan.

Television is coming to Ballylenon. For once, the Churches unite in moral outrage.

Ballylenon, County Donegal.

Pop.

1,999 was founded by St Lenon of Padua, when he fell into the river at this spot in 953.

Ballylenon is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly with entrancing views of Muckish Mountain, in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.

(Note: Ballylenon is a fictional name, but the other landmarks are identifiable.)

In this society, there exists an uneasy balance of interests.

Communication has all the appearances of power, and in Ballylenon, communication means the local Telephone Exchange and Post Office.

Both these are firmly in the control of sisters, Vera and Muriel McConkey, who in cahoots with hotelier and funeral undertaker, Phonsie Doherty, would seek to rule the roost in Ballylenon.

However, other forces have their own guiding principles, and where the McConkey sisters and Mr Doherty, aided by The Vindicator, would dominate reactionary thinking, a dangerous liberal tendency is championed by Vivienne and Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne, and the somewhat unlikely, Guard Gallagher.

The antagonism between these camps is only ever thinly veiled.

Muriel McConachie , 62.

Spinster remnant of a family once active in politics, Muriel inherited the corner shop and, due to her Councillor father's influence, has the Post Office franchise.

Known as the eyes of Ballylenon, Muriel, the Honouree Secretary of the Development Association, has a long-term 'understanding' with its Chair, Phonsie Doherty.

She is a gentle personality, but misses nothing and can see a midge on a mare's arse in Tyrone.

We also discover, Vera McConachie, 61, Muriel's younger and more forthright spinster sister who runs the 10-line manual Telephone Exchange and is known as the Ears of Ballylenon.

Every call goes through her switchboard, its content noted, discussed and any necessary action taken.

She also writes the Horoscope anonymously for the Donegal Vindicator.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie [Alphonsus] Doherty.

58.

Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association.

Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects.

His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.

If there is a thorn in the side of this trio it is, Vivienne Hawthorne, 30, the former Miss Boal.

Bright, breezy, busy primary schoolteacher.

Organist and choir-mistress of the Presbyterian congregation.

Though seemingly rationalist, Vivienne is secretly much influenced by horoscopes.

She is supporter of cultural causes like the music festival and architectural conservation.

And though apparently straightforward, she achieves certain aims by devious means.

Rev.

Samuel Hawthorne -Dermot Crowley

Television is coming to Ballylenon.

For once, the Churches unite in moral outrage.

The idiot's lantern is coming, and for once, the churches unite in moral outrage.

The McConkey's closest confidant is Phonsie (Alphonsus) Doherty. 58. Phonsie is a widower, proprietor of the Swilly Arms Hotel and of Doherty's Estate Agency and Funeral Furnishers and Chair of the Development Association. Up to the present is politically 'in' and therefore in the way of knowing what grants and subsidies are available for all manner of projects. His relationship with Muriel McConachie is proprietorial rather than romantic.