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‘Catholic preoccupation with sin is perfect training for a writer’ – Jimmy McGovern

6 May 2017 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Cracker’s creator opens up about his faith

He is renowned for bleak, bruising and brilliant dramas from Hillsborough and Cracker to The Lakes, Accused and last year’s blistering take on the consequences of the Iraq war, Reg. But Jimmy McGovern says that he might not have become a writer had he not been raised in the Catholic faith with its particular attention to the nature of sin.

“I’m a writer because I was a Catholic and I took the examination of conscience really seriously,” says McGovern, 67, who was brought up in a large working-class family in Liverpool. “That means I came up with five motivations for every possible sin I committed and that’s perfect training for a writer, that ability to think about why someone might act as they do.”

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Series Mania: Sean Bean in ‘Broken,’ Jimmy McGovern on British TV

22 April 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Ned Stark he is not. In BBC1’s upcoming primetime drama “Broken,” created and co-written by Jimmy McGovern, Sean Bean plays Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest in North-West England struggling with inner demons, seeking atonement for the sins of youth, shy, retiring, broken. Of an evening, he goes down the bingo, listens to the BBC shipping forecast about Dover, White and Sole; or sings “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to his bedridden dying mother.

World premiered at Series Mania in main competition, in Ep. 1 and Ep. 2 of “Broken,” Father Michael only appears a man of action, dashing down a street, but that’s because he’s late for a parish meeting. His immediate reaction to his parishioners’ problems – and they are legion: Unemployment, and uncaring welfare state and police malpractice – is to scratch his temple or play nervously with his hands. In Episodes 1 and 2, in a performance that won her best actress award at Series Mania, Anna Friel »

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