Set in the mid-60s and based on the novel by award-winning author David Almond, this dark and mesmerizing fable tells how 14-year-old David's life is changed forever by a mysterious outsider.

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Davie
Niek Versteeg ...
Geordie
Darren Howie ...
Martin Mould
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Father O'Mahoney
Phillippa Wilson ...
Carol Hagen
Joe Caffrey ...
Dennis Hagen
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Maria
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Mary Doonan
Natalie Hall ...
Frances
Ben-Ryan Davies ...
Stephen Rose (as Ben Davies)
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Mr Parker
Charlotte-Joy Reed ...
Mona Duffy
Nicky McEvoy ...
Jimmy Kay
Alan Renwick ...
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Jack Traynor ...
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Adaptation of the book by David Almond, set in 1960s Tyneside. Two 14-year-old boys team up against Mouldy, the town bully. Turning Crazy Mary s garden shed into a workshop, they discover that the sculptures they create come to life. Together they raise a golem, a creature fashioned from clay, capable of dispatching anyone, even Martin Mould. But when Mouldy winds up dead, the boys have to deal with the awful power they may have unleashed and the perils of getting what you wish for. Written by Anonymous

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unexpected delight - brilliant!!!
17 April 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I caught this drama unexpectedly, I think on Sunday afternoon, on TV over Easter. I was bowled over by the quality of the story and atmosphere, as well as the young performances, and wondered why it hadn't had more publicity raving about it, and why it appeared to be hidden away in the schedules. It shouldn't have been! CLAY was wonderfully evocative of both Frankenstein and Jewish legend of The Golem of Prague, yet never fell back on the tired "with one bound" dramatic cheats that afflict other TV fantasy shows (e.g. Doctor Who!). It also had a Biblical subtext that was never explicit. I don't know the book it was based upon, but I look forward to more work from the screenwriter, and the director.


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