First Sight (1987– )
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The Last of a Dyin' Race 

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Episode credited cast:
Doreen Hepburn ...
Sarah
Sheila McGibbon ...
Agnes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Adair ...
Lizzie
J.G. Devlin ...
Isaac
Maureen Dow ...
Gladys
Catherine Gibson ...
Kitty
John Hewitt ...
Undertaker
Sean Kearns ...
Police Constable
Tracey Lynch ...
Florence
Martin Maguire ...
Dave
Aine McCartney ...
Sharon
Stella McCusker ...
Madge
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Joe
Mark Mulholland ...
Police Sergeant
Olivia Nash ...
Peggy
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9 August 1987 (UK)  »

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Commissioned by Ulster Television as a result of Christina Reid having won their scriptwriting competition with another script. UTV gave permission to BBC Northern Ireland to produce the script as a radio play. The radio version was transmitted before Ulster Television's television version which has led to a misapprehension that the script was a BBC commission. See more »

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Brilliant! One of my cherished PAL to NTSC conversions.
6 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to remind ourselves that this short movie is now 20 years old. It captures the spirit of the old versus the new ways of life and death in an urban setting.

Although made and filmed in Belfast, there is nothing sectarian about it, since the story applies equally to the working class of either side.

What is so endearing however is the subtle local humour not only in the script but also in the situation itself - the humour necessary to survive in a war zone at the time.

I wish the movie was available on DVD, so that more could enjoy it.

Nice to see some familiar actors in supporting roles, for example J.G.Devlin as an old man attending the wake with a half-bottle of whisky in his coat pocket, not produced until he had made sure it was 'safe' to do so.


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