The series follows the interwoven stories of a number of inhabitants of the Dublin of the 1910s, still under British rule. It is set in the years leading up to WW1 and the Irish Easter ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Frank Grimes ...
 Father O'Connor / ... (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Rashers (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Mulhall (7 episodes, 1980)
Angela Harding ...
 Mary (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Fitz (7 episodes, 1980)
Brendan Cauldwell ...
 Hennessy (7 episodes, 1980)
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 Father Giffley / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
Denys Hawthorne ...
 Mr. Yearling / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
Daphne Carroll ...
 Mrs. Bradshaw (6 episodes, 1980)
Eileen Colgan ...
 Mrs. Mulhall (6 episodes, 1980)
Vinnie McCabe ...
 Pat (6 episodes, 1980)
Ruth Hegarty ...
 Lily (5 episodes, 1980)
Laurie Morton ...
 Mrs. Hennessy (5 episodes, 1980)
James Murphy ...
 Willie Mulhall (5 episodes, 1980)
Edward Byrne ...
 Mr. Bradshaw (4 episodes, 1980)
Mairin D. O'Sullivan ...
 Miss Gilchrist (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Joe (4 episodes, 1980)
Tom Irwin ...
 Carrington (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Jim Larkin (4 episodes, 1980)
Ronnie Walsh ...
 Doggett (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Fr. O'Sullivan (3 episodes, 1980)
Eileen Murphy ...
 Maisie (3 episodes, 1980)
Donal Farmer ...
 Keever (3 episodes, 1980)
Don Foley ...
 Hegarty (3 episodes, 1980)
John Franklyn ...
 Silverwater (2 episodes, 1980)
Tom Jordan ...
 Farrell (2 episodes, 1980)
Larry Murphy ...
 Policeman (2 episodes, 1980)
Brenda Doyle ...
 Mrs. Farrell (2 episodes, 1980)
May Ollis ...
 Mrs - Bartley / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
Patricia Martin ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1980)
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The series follows the interwoven stories of a number of inhabitants of the Dublin of the 1910s, still under British rule. It is set in the years leading up to WW1 and the Irish Easter Rising of 1916. There are the young wife of a factory worker, a country girl new to the big city, and her husband, a staunch supporter of the unions. Then there is the mighty Union leader Jim Larkin, the elderly priest, who drinks more than is good for him, and his young curate; the delightful tramp Rashers and his dog, and a few members of the better off middle class, some of them sympathetic to those dependent on them, others less so.

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Strumpet City - Stadt der Verlorenen  »

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David Kelly (Rashers Tierney), Frank Grimes (Father O'Connor), Bryan Murray (Bob "Fitz" Fitzpatrick), Angela Harding (Mary Fitzpatrick) and Brendan Cauldwell (Hennessy) are the only actors to appear in all seven episodes of the series. See more »

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Irish drama at its best
14 November 2005 | by (Brantford, Canada) – See all my reviews

Brought up on a diet of the "Riordans" and "Hall Pictorial weekly", the thought of Ireland's national broadcaster producing a "Shogun"-type of mini series was something of a surprise and so many people turned in to see just what a mess RTE would make of "Strumpet City". They were in for a surprise. What a superb drama which had everything except a big budget. The best of Irish talent was there could be no complaint about the acting. David Kelly, as "Rashers", was perhaps the best of the lot but even Peter O'Toole in his short time on the screen was brilliant. It will look dated now but at the time it was top quality and done on a very limited budget. I believe RTE had tried a similar effort on the 1916 rising earlier but no copies exist. What "Strumpet City" shows is that when RTE put their mind to it they can produce quality mini series but tend to stick with safe soap operas and quizzes. I will be adding this to my DVD collection if my wife gets the hint and surprises me at Christmas with it!!


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