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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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