An English priest is transferred to a small Irish village.
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Series cast summary:
Frankie McCafferty ...
 Donal Docherty (58 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Liam Coghlan (58 episodes, 1996-2001)
Deirdre Donnelly ...
 Siobhan Mehigan (56 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Brendan Kearney (55 episodes, 1996-2001)
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
 Kathleen Hendley (53 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Father MacAnally (52 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Niamh Egan / ... (49 episodes, 1996-2001)
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 Brian Quigley (46 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Ambrose Egan (38 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Dr. Michael Ryan (38 episodes, 1996-2001)
Birdy Sweeney ...
 Eamon Byrne (34 episodes, 1996-1999)
Peter Caffrey ...
 Padraig O'Kelly (33 episodes, 1996-1998)
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 Sean Dillon (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
Don Wycherley ...
 Father Aidan O'Connell (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
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 Orla O'Connell (24 episodes, 1998-1999)
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Peter Clifford, a young Catholic priest from Manchester, is transferred to the village of Ballykissangel, Ireland, and is taken by the dry-humored publican Assumpta Fitzgerald who has almost the exact opposite of his good nature and dislikes the organized church. He has to deal with occasional battles against his hateful superior, Father MacAnally, and the day-to-day problems of the people: Brian Quigley, whose constant search for money often leads him to immorality, his daughter Niamh and her lover straight-arrow garda Ambrose Egan, uptight and inquisitive shopkeeper Kathleen Hendley, gruff vet Siobhan Mehigan, cheery mechanic Padraig O'Kelly, comical schoolteacher Brendan Kearney, and elderly farmer Eamon Byrne. Later arrivals to the town include former monk Father Aidan O'Connell, pariah Sean Dillon and his daughter Emma, Eamon's nephew Danny, female Garda Frankie Sullivan, Australian Father Vincent Sheahan, and horse-trainer Avril Burke. Written by brainybrailler@comcast.net

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For BBC's Comic Relief 1997, The Vicar of Dibley did a short cross over episode called Ballykissdibley featuring Peter and Assumpta. Although it has never been officially re-broadcast as part of The Vicar of Dibley, it can be found on certain video streaming websites. This for charity episode does imply that the 2 series exist within the same fictional story universe. See more »

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Featured in James Ellis: An Actor's Life (2007) See more »

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character driven
10 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a great series. As you watch you get pulled into the lives of the various characters living in a small village. While there is a tendency to romanticize the rural life in many films (and in part here), there is a greater depth than the average show. There is much humor in this series and also much heat break. As much as the viewer yearns for things to go right in the characters lives, things tend to go wrong and the characters must deal with personal loss, death, divorce, and financial ruin. For a show billed as a comedy, it is more drama with an overlay of humor. I am being somewhat vague in this review because this is a series to be dipped into for episodes that are uplifting and heart warming but ultimately overshadowed by reality. If you watch it once you will find find that after the passage of a few years you are longing to revisit Ballykissangel and share in the lives of what almost become real people.


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