The Crow Road (1996)

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An adaption of Iain Banks' dark novel, whose central character is a young Scots history student.

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 Prentice McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Kenneth McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Rory McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Ashley Watt (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Fiona Urvill (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Fergus Urvill (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Lewis McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
Patricia Kerrigan ...
 Janice (4 episodes, 1996)
Paul Young ...
 Hamish McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Lachlan Watt (4 episodes, 1996)
Elizabeth Sinclair ...
 Mary McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
Simone Bendix ...
 Verity (4 episodes, 1996)
Claire Nielson ...
 Aunt Antonia (4 episodes, 1996)
Jenny Ryan ...
 Helen Urvill (4 episodes, 1996)
Sarah Gudgeon ...
 Dianna Urvill (4 episodes, 1996)
Irene Sunters ...
 Mrs. McSpadden (4 episodes, 1996)
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 Dean Watt (4 episodes, 1996)
Ian Bustard ...
 Droid (4 episodes, 1996)
Julie Austin ...
 Lizzie (4 episodes, 1996)
Edward Casey ...
 Young Prentice (aged 10) (3 episodes, 1996)
Robert James ...
 Blawke (3 episodes, 1996)
John Harding ...
 Paxton-Marr (3 episodes, 1996)
Mark Johnson ...
 Young Lewis (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Young Kenneth (2 episodes, 1996)
Paul Young ...
 Young Fergus (2 episodes, 1996)
Graeme Hill ...
 Young Lachlan (2 episodes, 1996)
Alan McCafferty ...
 Calum Watt (2 episodes, 1996)
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 Gavin (2 episodes, 1996)
Anne Myatt ...
 Mrs. Watt (2 episodes, 1996)
Jody Robertson ...
 Young Diana (2 episodes, 1996)
Deborah McLaren ...
 Young Helen (2 episodes, 1996)
Maureen Lynch ...
 Young Marion (2 episodes, 1996)
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An adaption of Banks' dark novel, whose central character is Prentice McHoan, a young Scots history student. When Prentice's relatives begin to die in spectacular circumstances, and at an alarming rate, he begins to suspect that his family is hiding a secret. Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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Although the last name of Prentice's flatmate Gavin is never mentioned in the book or the series, there is a label on the front door stating it to be Millar. "Gavin Millar" is also the director's name. See more »

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When Prentice arrives into "Partick Cross" train station the train he is seen arriving on is different from that which we then see leaving the station (a class 303 arrives, a class 314 leaves) See more »

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Prentice: It all started the day my Grandmother exploded.
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Simply Brilliant. Probably my favourite mini-series.
19 February 2006 | by (Clackmannanshire, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

'The Crow Road' came out at a time when gritty dramas were flavour of the month like 'The Lakes', 'This Life', 'Shockers' etc. but, for me, this was the big stand-out. Mainly because it was so well adapted from the book and because of the great cast. Joseph McFadden, who plays the lead (Prentice McHoan), was relatively unknown at the time, but more than held his own alongside established actors like Bill Paterson & Peter Capaldi. Also the young support cast of Dougray Scott, Valerie Edmond & Simone Bendix play their parts very well. Dougray Scott, in particular, is perfectly cast as Prentice's swaggering, comedian brother.

The director keeps the suspense and mystery going throughout, allowing the story to come together a little at a time, leading on to an explosive finale that I found genuinely surprising.

I don't think I've seen anything else like it.

10/10 Outstanding.


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