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




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Complete series cast summary:
 Prentice McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
 Kenneth McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
 Rory McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
Valerie Edmond ...
 Ashley Watt (4 episodes, 1996)
Stella Gonet ...
 Fiona Urvill (4 episodes, 1996)
 Fergus Urvill (4 episodes, 1996)
 Lewis McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
Patricia Kerrigan ...
 Janice (4 episodes, 1996)
Paul Young ...
 Hamish McHoan (4 episodes, 1996)
 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)
 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)
 Blawke (3 episodes, 1996)
John Harding ...
 Paxton-Marr (3 episodes, 1996)
Mark Johnson ...
 Young Lewis (3 episodes, 1996)
 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)
 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)


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 <>

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4 November 1996 (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 »


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 »


Prentice: He'd taught me to think for myself, and now he didn't like the thoughts I was thinking.
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probably the best Banks adaptation
14 November 2006 | by (Aurich, Germany) – See all my reviews

I remember watching a tape of "The Crow Road" lying on a sofa in some friends' flat on a New Year's Day in Edinburgh in the late Nineties and being captured by the whole "feel" of the mini series. Everything seemed to work beautifully: the cast (including actors who shot to fame later like Dougray Scott), the story (a brilliant family tale/coming-of-age/detective story), the setting... Unfortunately, my friends hadn't taped the end of the series, but luckily there was a BBC video out that I got a few weeks later in addition to reading the book at the first possibility. Every year, I make sure that I watch the mini series at least once, because it is the best adaptation of the many brilliant books by Iain Banks.

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