An adaption of Iain Banks' dark novel, whose central character is a young Scots history student.
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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 ...
Paul Young ...
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 Lachlan Watt 4 episodes, 1996
Elizabeth Sinclair ...
 Mary McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Simone Bendix ...
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 ...
Julie Austin ...
Edward Casey ...
 Young Prentice (aged 10) 3 episodes, 1996
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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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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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Very impressive
27 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

At first I only watched this because of the impressive use of the landscape of the west coast of Scotland, and area I'd toured earlier that year. However, I was soon pulled irresistibly into the complex, detailed storyline. Be warned - this story probably isn't good for anyone who can't keep track of several plots running concurrently. While the flashbacks can sometimes be confusing, they add so much to the story.

The acting is also wonderful. All the characters come to bright, shining life from their first appearances.

And let's face it, how many stories begin with the words "It was the day my Grandmother exploded"?


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