Country Girls, The [The Country Girls Trilogy]

Episodes

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01Country Girls 1/1020190819

Kate and Baba – girls who occupy the twin poles of romance and realism - have nonetheless been friends forever, united by a tacit resilience to the world they have to endure. In this, the opening episode, Kate’s father is off on a drinking binge, so the farm has to cope without him.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Mama ..... Catherine Cusack
Dada ..... David Ganly
Hickey ..... Lloyd Hutchinson
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O’Neill
Miss Moriarty ..... Helen Clapp

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Notes
Edna O’Brien – born in 1930 - is now celebrated as the fearless chronicler of the dark underbelly of rural Ireland. Originally published in the 1960s, The Country Girls, and the two other novels in the Country Girls Trilogy (The Lonely Girl and Girls in their Married Bliss), were banned by the Irish Censorship Board, burnt publicly in O’Brien’s home town, and described by the Justice Minister (a young Charles Haughey) as filth. Fifty years later, the trilogy is recognised as an iconic work of twentieth century Irish fiction. Radio 4 is dramatising all three books in three separate series this year.

The Country Girls runs 19 – 30 August.
The Lonely Girl will run 14 – 25 October.
Girls in their Married Bliss will run 9 – 13 December.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

01Country Girls 1/1020190819

Kate and Baba – girls who occupy the twin poles of romance and realism - have nonetheless been friends forever, united by a tacit resilience to the world they have to endure. In this, the opening episode, Kate’s father is off on a drinking binge, so the farm has to cope without him.

Cast
Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Mama.... Catherine Cusack
Dada.... David Ganly
Hickey.... Lloyd Hutchinson
Jack Holland.... Jonjo O’Neill
Miss Moriarty.... Helen Clapp

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Notes
Edna O’Brien – born in 1930 - is now celebrated as the fearless chronicler of the dark underbelly of rural Ireland. Originally published in the 1960s, The Country Girls, and the two other novels in the Country Girls Trilogy (The Lonely Girl and Girls in their Married Bliss), were banned by the Irish Censorship Board, burnt publicly in O’Brien’s home town, and described by the Justice Minister (a young Charles Haughey) as filth. Fifty years later, the trilogy is recognised as an iconic work of twentieth century Irish fiction. Radio 4 is dramatising all three books in three separate series this year.

The Country Girls runs 19 – 30 August.
The Lonely Girl will run 14 – 25 October.
Girls in their Married Bliss will run 9 – 13 December.

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

02The Country Girls 2/1020190820

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. A play at the Town Hall marks a turning point in Kate’s life.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Hickey ..... Lloyd Hutchinson
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O’Neill

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

02The Country Girls 2/1020190820

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. A play at the Town Hall marks a turning point in Kate’s life.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Hickey ..... Lloyd Hutchinson
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O’Neill

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

03The Country Girls 3/1020190821

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. Mr Gentleman gives Kate a lift into Limerick.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Dada ..... David Ganly
Hickey ..... Lloyd Hutchinson
Mr Gentleman ..... Paul Chahidi
Assistant ..... Catherine Cusack
Waiter ..... Sean Baker
Film Girl ..... Katherine Press
Film Lad ..... Jonny Holden

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

03The Country Girls 3/1020190821

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. Mr Gentleman gives Kate a lift into Limerick.

Cast
Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Dada.... David Ganly
Hickey.... Lloyd Hutchinson
Mr Gentleman.... Paul Chahidi
Assistant.... Catherine Cusack
Waiter.... Sean Baker
Film Girl.... Katherine Press
Film Lad.... Jonny Holden

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

0420190822

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. Despite not talking to each other, Kate and Baba head off together to their new school.

Cast
Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Martha.... Deirdre Mullins
Hickey.... Lloyd Hutchinson
Jack Holland.... Jonjo O’Neill
Sr Margaret.... Catherine Cusack
Cynthia.... Rose O'Loughlin
Dada.... David Ganly

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

04The Country Girls 4/1020190822

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. Despite not talking to each other, Kate and Baba head off together to their new school.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Hickey ..... Lloyd Hutchinson
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O’Neill
Sr Margaret ..... Catherine Cusack
Cynthia ..... Rose O'Loughlin
Dada ..... David Ganly

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

05The Country Girls 5/1020190823

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. Away from home, Kate thinks she can cope better with Baba’s brutal style of friendship.

Cast
Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Sr Margaret ..... Catherine Cusack
Sr Clare ..... Helen Clapp
Cynthia ..... Rose O’Loughlin

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

05The Country Girls 5/1020190823

Edna O’Brien’s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s. Away from home, Kate thinks she can cope better with Baba’s brutal style of friendship.

Cast
Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Sr Margaret.... Catherine Cusack
Sr Clare.... Helen Clapp
Cynthia.... Rose O’Loughlin

Written by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan
Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

06The Country Girls 6/1020190826

by Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Mr Gentleman ...... Paul Chahidi
Dada ..... David Ganly
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O'Neill
Mrs Holland ..... Susan Jameson

Directed by Sally Avens and Jessica Dromgoole

Best friends, Kate & Baba, hate their school life as boarders at a Convent , but the Christmas holidays offer welcome respite and a chance for Kate to rekindle her relationship with the much older, Mr Gentleman. Edna O'Brien's classic tale of coming of age in rural Ireland in the Fifties was banned on publication; it is a frank, funny and subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal & religious society.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

06The Country Girls 6/1020190826

by Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Mr Gentleman ...... Paul Chahidi
Dada ..... David Ganly
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O'Neill
Mrs Holland ..... Susan Jameson

Directed by Sally Avens and Jessica Dromgoole

Best friends, Kate & Baba, hate their school life as boarders at a Convent , but the Christmas holidays offer welcome respite and a chance for Kate to rekindle her relationship with the much older, Mr Gentleman. Edna O'Brien's classic tale of coming of age in rural Ireland in the Fifties was banned on publication; it is a frank, funny and subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal & religious society.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

0720190827

by Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Sister Margaret ..... Catherine Cusack
Mr Gentleman ...... Paul Chahidi
Dada ..... David Ganly
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O'Neill
Sister Clare ..... Helen Clapp

Directed by Sally Avens and Jessica Dromgoole

Best friends, Kate & Baba, have been trapped as boarders in a Convent School for three long years so Baba comes up with a plan to get them expelled.
Edna O'Brien's classic tale of coming of age in rural Ireland in the Fifties was banned on publication; it is a frank, funny and subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal & religious society.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

07The Country Girls 7/1020190827

by Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Sister Margaret ..... Catherine Cusack
Mr Gentleman ...... Paul Chahidi
Dada ..... David Ganly
Martha ..... Deirdre Mullins
Mr Brennan ..... Paul Hickey
Jack Holland ..... Jonjo O'Neill
Sister Clare ..... Helen Clapp

Directed by Sally Avens and Jessica Dromgoole

Best friends, Kate & Baba, have been trapped as boarders in a Convent School for three long years so Baba comes up with a plan to get them expelled.
Edna O'Brien's classic tale of coming of age in rural Ireland in the Fifties was banned on publication; it is a frank, funny and subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal & religious society.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

08The Country Girls 8/1020190828

By Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Dada ..... David Ganly
Joanna ..... Susan Jameson
Gustav ..... Sean Baker

Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Kate and Baba have been expelled from their convent school and the crowds and lights and noise of Dublin beckon. Edna O'Brien's novel was banned on publication but became an instant classic for its frank, funny & subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal and religious society.

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny & subversive tale of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50's.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

08The Country Girls 8/1020190828

By Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Dada ..... David Ganly
Joanna ..... Susan Jameson
Gustav ..... Sean Baker

Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Kate and Baba have been expelled from their convent school and the crowds and lights and noise of Dublin beckon. Edna O'Brien's novel was banned on publication but became an instant classic for its frank, funny & subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal and religious society.

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny & subversive tale of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50's.

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

0920190829

by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Reg ..... Ciarán McMenamim
Mrs Burns ..... Siobhan McSweeney
Mr Gentlemen ..... Paul Chahidi
Harry ..... Shaun Mason

Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Baba arranges a double date for her and Kate but it's lacking in the romance Kate longs for until a surprise visitor answers her need.
Edna O'Brien's novel was banned on publication but became an instant classic for its frank, funny & subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal and religious society

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

09The Country Girls 9/1020190829

by Edna O’Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Reg ..... Ciarán McMenamim
Mrs Burns ..... Siobhan McSweeney
Mr Gentlemen ..... Paul Chahidi
Harry ..... Shaun Mason

Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Baba arranges a double date for her and Kate but it's lacking in the romance Kate longs for until a surprise visitor answers her need.
Edna O'Brien's novel was banned on publication but became an instant classic for its frank, funny & subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal and religious society

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

10The Country Girls 10/1020190830

by Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate ..... Charlie Murphy
Baba ..... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Mr Gentlemen ..... Paul Chahidi
Reg ..... Ciarán McMenamim
Joanna ..... Susan Jameson
Minnie ..... Ell Potter

Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Kate' & Baba's Dublin dreams fall prey to sex & sickness. Edna O'Brien's novel was banned on publication but became an instant classic for its frank, funny & subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal and religious society.

Edna O\u2019Brien\u2019s frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.

10 LAST20190830

by Edna O'Brien
Dramatised by Lin Coghlan

Kate.... Charlie Murphy
Baba.... Aoibhinn McGinnity
Mr Gentlemen.... Paul Chahidi
Reg.... Ciarán McMenamim
Joanna.... Susan Jameson
Minnie.... Ell Potter

Directed by Sally Avens & Jessica Dromgoole

Kate' & Baba's Dublin dreams fall prey to sex & sickness. Edna O'Brien's novel was banned on publication but became an instant classic for its frank, funny & subversive portrayal of women's lives within a patriarchal and religious society.

Edna O'Brien's frank, funny and subversive story of growing up in rural Ireland in the 50s

Edna O'Brien's trilogy of novels about two girls growing up in 1950s rural Ireland.