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Set in 18th century Edinburgh and based on the life of one of the most notorious characters in Scotland's history. Deacon Brodie holds the keys to the city, and, coincidentally, is the most successful burglar. When his gallows design is rejected by the council, he faces financial ruin and so sets about a huge robbery. However, this goes wrong and he faces death by his own invention. Written by Thomas McEwan

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Love it or Loath it!
14 May 1999 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This will not be to everyone's taste - but Deacon Brodie is a masterpiece of British, nae - Scottish television. It has all the qualities of a movie, especially the period scenery (Lovingly supplied by modern Edinburgh).

Billy Connoly is a scream as the man of the title, a rogue of the highest order but with a heart of gold (Cliche alert!!) who wants nothing more than to have a couple of quid in his pocket to keep him comfy in his coming years. It also has Ewen Bremner (Spud of Trainspotting fame) in a cameo as the local idiot.

It may be a comedy but it has it's serious take, like when Brodie's lover (a prostitute) has a nervous breakdown and goes into a coma because of all his broken promises to her (a recurring theme in the program).

I would recommend this for anyone who likes a good laugh and a bit of drama, a lovingly produced masterpiece!


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