The Play on One: Season 1, Episode 1

Down Where the Buffalo Go (19 Jan. 1988)

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Down Where The Buffalo Go is a drama made for television by BBC Scotland. It follows the life of a US Marine (played by Keitel) based at the Holy Loch naval base and the local girl he ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Andrew Byatt ...
Stella Gonet ...
Daniel (as David Landsbury)
Katherine Stark ...
Jenny McCrindle ...
Hugh Martin ...
Willie's father
Lesley Jackson ...
Alex McAvoy ...
Trinkle kid
Bill Barclay ...
Craig Ferguson ...
Pat (as Pat Doyle)
Drunk on ferry
Maggie Bell ...
Club singer


Down Where The Buffalo Go is a drama made for television by BBC Scotland. It follows the life of a US Marine (played by Keitel) based at the Holy Loch naval base and the local girl he married. Their relationship is at straining point - she wants to leave Scotland and settle in America while he wants to remain in Scotland. Written by dutchbairn

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I Remember the Strange Circumstances In Which I Saw This
15 November 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

From 1987-88 I used to attend the James Watt College in Greenock . I got there by by traveling on a ferry from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay and then catching a bus from Wemyss bay to Greenock . Unfortunately one day I returned from Greenock to Wemyss Bay there was a gusty wind which meant the ferry to Rothesay was cancelled and I had no money for a hotel . Fortunately myself and several other hapless travellers were allowed to stay in the Cal Mac ( the Ferry operators ) office for the night , there were cups , a kettle , T-bags and a television so we , the captive audience , sat back to watch DOWN WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM

Since the drama was mostly set in Greenock ship yards I recognised the locations at once . Strange as it may seem I had no idea who the lead actor was . I'd never seen MEAN STREETS or TAXI DRIVER at this point in my life while RESERVIOR DOGS , PULP FICTION and THE PIANO were still to be made so the name Harvey Keitel meant nothing to me . My comrades for the night laughed out loud but I wasn't too impressed , it's a very low concept drama featuring Keitel's tough shore patrol policeman married to a Scottish girl with lots of domestic angst . Nothing much happens though I do congratulate Peter Mcdougall for pointing out that Americans stationed at The Holy Loch military base weren't very popular with the locals . It was very , very common for serious fights to break out between Scots and Americans at weekends

Oh and I think Dinky Donk is having a laugh

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