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 Maj. Sinclair Yeates (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Flurry Knox (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
Anna Manahan ...
 Mrs. Cadogan (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
Brendan Conroy ...
 Peter Cadogan (18 episodes, 1983-1985)
Lise Ann McLaughlin ...
 Sally Knox (17 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Slipper (16 episodes, 1983-1985)
Virginia Cole ...
 Bridget / ... (15 episodes, 1983-1985)
Deirdre Lawless ...
 Julia (13 episodes, 1983-1985)
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 Philippa Yeates / ... (12 episodes, 1983-1984)
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 Lady Knox (10 episodes, 1983-1984)
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 Dr. Jerome Hickey (9 episodes, 1984-1985)

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When Major Sinclair Yeates leaves his home in England to work as the Irish Resident Magistrate, he finds that the justice system needs tempering somewhat to suit the local needs - and that not everything is as straight-forward as it appears on the surface. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Slipper: Good day to your Honour. I hope the grey horse is to your liking.
Major Sinclair Yeates: Er, yes, thank you. What's the charge against this man ?
Mr. Prentice, Clerk of the Court: Joseph Aloysius Mahoney, known as Slipper, accused of being drunk and disorderly, outside the Temperance Hotel.
Major Sinclair Yeates: Outside the ... ? Do you plead guilty, or not guilty ?
Slipper: Well, I was, and I wasn't.
Major Sinclair Yeates: If there is any doubt in your mind, you should plead, not guilty. I take it the Police are prosecuting ? Now, you're still on oath, Sergeant.
Sergeant Murray: Yes, sir.
Major Sinclair Yeates: You say this man was drunk ?
Sergeant Murray: I...
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Enjoyable period farce.
21 January 2000 | by (Derbyshire, UK) – See all my reviews

This series was very much a one-man vehicle for Peter Bowles, who had rather a monopoly on upper-class male roles on British television screens in the 1970's and 1980's.

He stars here as Major Sinclair Yeates, a retired British army officer who takes up a post as Resident Magistrate (R.M.) in the west of Ireland around 1900. From the moment he arrives, all his comfortable assumptions are turned on their heads by the local version of logic. Strictly speaking, this is farce rather than comedy; the humour lies in Yeates's attempts to come to grips with absurd situations.

The series was very true to the original book by Somerville and Ross, and skips over any mention of Home Rule politics or religious strife. There is very little for any opponent of "imperialism" to object to. Opponents of blood sports may find distasteful the fervour with which all the characters chase incompetently after every fox in sight; but the series was set at a time when this was very much a popular sport and method of pest control. In all three series, the only animals killed on screen are one snipe, one duck and one salmon - hardly distressing viewing, for even the most squeamish.

Regular characters were Anna Manahan's sententious cook, Mrs. "Kay-de-gawn", and landlord "Flurry" Knox, portrayed as an angelic leprechaun by Bryan Murray). Some acting highlights worth watching are Beryl Reid's two appearances as Flurry Knox's eccentric grandmother, and Niall Toibin's role throughout the series as Flurry's incorrigible groom, Slipper.

Overall, the series benefited greatly from some lovely unspoiled countryside and small towns, some excellent period costume and a lot of very lively and authentic extras, which make for an excellent feel for the period.

There are eighteen episodes in all, but the continuity of the series is generally unimportant. Any one episode will give an hour's enjoyable viewing.


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