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Too Late to Talk to Billy 

Director:

Paul Seed

Writer:

Graham Reid (by) (as J. Graham Reid)
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Episode complete credited cast:
James Ellis James Ellis ... Norman Martin
Kenneth Branagh ... Billy Martin
Brid Brennan ... Lorna Martin (as Bríd Brennan)
Maggie Shevlin Maggie Shevlin ... Janet Martin
Tracey Lynch Tracey Lynch ... Ann Martin
Ainé Gorman Ainé Gorman ... Maureen Martin
Mary Jackson Mary Jackson ... June Boyd
Catherine Gibson Catherine Gibson ... Mrs. Boyd
Colum Convey Colum Convey ... Ian
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Shirley
Walter McMonagle Walter McMonagle ... Stevie
John Hewitt John Hewitt ... John Fletcher
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1982 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1977. See more »

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Featured in Talking to Billy (2012) See more »

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Billy Trilogy great for its time
22 September 2002 | by afayneSee all my reviews

As a child growing up in Southern Ireland, my knowledge of Belfast was shaped by news shots of bomb blasts and demonstrators being forced back with water cannons and plastic bullets. The 'Billy Trilogy' was the first time I ever saw another side to the lives of people living in Belfast at the time. Although I was only about 10 then, I really enjoyed the televised plays (as I think they were?) and remember Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of Billy the clearest. It was a real eye-opener to see other aspects of the lives of the people of Belfast with the Troubles used only as a back-drop instead of the main focus. The plays were well ahead of their time and I would gladly watch them again today.


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