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The Crow Road 

An adaption of Iain Banks' dark novel, whose central character is a young Scots history student.




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Complete series cast summary:
Joe McFadden ...  Prentice McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Bill Paterson ...  Kenneth McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Peter Capaldi ...  Rory McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Valerie Edmond Valerie Edmond ...  Ashley Watt 4 episodes, 1996
Stella Gonet ...  Fiona Urvill 4 episodes, 1996
David Robb ...  Fergus Urvill 4 episodes, 1996
Dougray Scott ...  Lewis McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ...  Janice 4 episodes, 1996
Paul Young Paul Young ...  Hamish McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Alex Norton ...  Lachlan Watt 4 episodes, 1996
Elizabeth Sinclair Elizabeth Sinclair ...  Mary McHoan 4 episodes, 1996
Simone Bendix Simone Bendix ...  Verity 4 episodes, 1996
Claire Nielson Claire Nielson ...  Aunt Antonia 4 episodes, 1996
Jenny Ryan ...  Helen Urvill 4 episodes, 1996
Sarah Gudgeon Sarah Gudgeon ...  Dianna Urvill 4 episodes, 1996
Irene Sunters Irene Sunters ...  Mrs. McSpadden 4 episodes, 1996
Stephen McCole ...  Dean Watt 4 episodes, 1996
Ian Bustard Ian Bustard ...  Droid 4 episodes, 1996
Julie Austin Julie Austin ...  Lizzie 4 episodes, 1996
Edward Casey Edward Casey ...  Young Prentice (aged 10) 3 episodes, 1996
Robert James ...  Blawke 3 episodes, 1996
John Harding John Harding ...  Paxton-Marr 3 episodes, 1996
Mark Johnson Mark Johnson ...  Young Lewis 3 episodes, 1996
Kyle Calderwood ...  Young Kenneth 2 episodes, 1996
Paul Young Paul Young ...  Young Fergus 2 episodes, 1996
Graeme Hill Graeme Hill ...  Young Lachlan 2 episodes, 1996
Alan McCafferty Alan McCafferty ...  Calum Watt 2 episodes, 1996
Brian Alexander ...  Gavin 2 episodes, 1996
Anne Myatt Anne Myatt ...  Mrs. Watt 2 episodes, 1996
Jody Robertson Jody Robertson ...  Young Diana 2 episodes, 1996
Deborah McLaren Deborah McLaren ...  Young Helen 2 episodes, 1996
Maureen Lynch Maureen Lynch ...  Young Marion 2 episodes, 1996


An adaption of Banks' dark novel, whose central character is Prentice McHoan, a young Scots history student. When Prentice's relatives begin to die in spectacular circumstances, and at an alarming rate, he begins to suspect that his family is hiding a secret. Written by Simon Shearn <simon@frieth.demon.co.uk>

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Although the last name of Prentice's flatmate Gavin is never mentioned in the book or the series, there is a label on the front door stating it to be Millar. "Gavin Millar" is also the director's name. See more »


When Prentice arrives into "Partick Cross" train station the train he is seen arriving on is different from that which we then see leaving the station (a class 303 arrives, a class 314 leaves) See more »


Prentice: And may I ask who it is that you're sleeping with in my bed?
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Simply Brilliant. Probably my favourite mini-series.
19 February 2006 | by tizmondSee all my reviews

'The Crow Road' came out at a time when gritty dramas were flavour of the month like 'The Lakes', 'This Life', 'Shockers' etc. but, for me, this was the big stand-out. Mainly because it was so well adapted from the book and because of the great cast. Joseph McFadden, who plays the lead (Prentice McHoan), was relatively unknown at the time, but more than held his own alongside established actors like Bill Paterson & Peter Capaldi. Also the young support cast of Dougray Scott, Valerie Edmond & Simone Bendix play their parts very well. Dougray Scott, in particular, is perfectly cast as Prentice's swaggering, comedian brother.

The director keeps the suspense and mystery going throughout, allowing the story to come together a little at a time, leading on to an explosive finale that I found genuinely surprising.

I don't think I've seen anything else like it.

10/10 Outstanding.

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4 November 1996 (UK) See more »

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