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

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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)
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 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: He'd taught me to think for myself, and now he didn't like the thoughts I was thinking.
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Very good!

This has to be one of the most impressive pieces of drama ever to come out of Scotland. Outside of the long running series 'Taggart'(which had a very similar visual approach to 'The Crow Road')and the films 'Trainspotting','Shallow Grave', 'Small Faces' and 'Local Hero' there is nothing Scottish i can think of which equals it for quality(some might say 'Gregory's Girl' but i was never to fond of that myself).The story is somewhat complicated but it is brilliantly put together. I also have to say that i have never read the novel so the adaption is very user friendly and by the look of the other reviews it has pleased fans of the original text aswell.The only problem i felt was with the ending which i thought just seemed to smooth and cleared everything up too well. But on the whole this is a minor criticism. It is strange to think that i first saw this 6 years ago, when it was first screened by the BBC. Its also somewhat sad that the careers of perhaps the dramas two most outstanding performers, Joe McFadden and Valerie Edmund, haven't gone anywhere since as it seemed at the time that both were set for stardom. Howerever Dougray Scott, who had a somewhat minor role as Prentice's older brother, has gone on to much bigger things including being Tom Cruise's nemesis in Mission Impossible:2.


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