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)
Valerie Edmond ...
 Ashley Watt (4 episodes, 1996)
Stella Gonet ...
 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 »

Goofs

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: [the Doctor has had a heart attack having failed to prevent the cremation] Is there anything we can do for you, Doctor?
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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #11.1 (1998) See more »

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Exceptional adaption of a great novel!
26 January 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

My wife bought me this for Xmas and we've just finished watching it again. As something of a perfectionist when it comes to adaptations of books I have read (Starship Troopers anybody), I have to say that this one tops the list. If I have to criticise it at all, I'd only say that I'd expected Prentice and Ashley to both be blond. Suffice it to say that this is the only fault I can find both with an exceptional adaptation and a fine set of performances by the whole cast in general and Joseph McFadden in particular.


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