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The Lakes 

Danny Kavanagh leaves Liverpool for the Lake District, finding work at a hotel and love with a local girl named Emma. Yet Danny remains an outsider in the close-knit community, and through ... See full summary »

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Jimmy McGovern
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Series cast summary:
John Simm ...  Danny Kavanagh 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Elizabeth Bennett Elizabeth Bennett ...  Mrs. Archer / ... 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Charles Dale Charles Dale ...  Chef 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Mary Jo Randle Mary Jo Randle ...  Bernie Quinlan 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Kaye Wragg Kaye Wragg ...  Lucy Archer 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Robert Pugh ...  Father Matthew 14 episodes, 1997-1999
James Thornton James Thornton ...  Pete Quinlan 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Samantha Seager Samantha Seager ...  Julie 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Robin Laing ...  Joey 14 episodes, 1997-1999
Kevin Doyle ...  John Fisher / ... 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Matt Bardock Matt Bardock ...  Albie 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Elizabeth Rider ...  Sheila Thwaite 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Emma Cunniffe ...  Emma Kavanagh / ... 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Paul Copley ...  Peter Quinlan 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Tony Rohr ...  Grandad 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Nicholas Day ...  Mr. Archer / ... 13 episodes, 1997-1999
Clare Holman ...  Simone Fisher / ... 11 episodes, 1997-1999
Lee Oakes Lee Oakes ...  Tharmy 11 episodes, 1997-1999
Elizabeth Berrington ...  Ruth 11 episodes, 1997-1999
Jessica Perry Jessica Perry ...  Annie Quinlan 11 episodes, 1997-1999
Barbara Wilshere ...  Dr. Sarah Kilbride / ... 10 episodes, 1997-1999
Bob Mason Bob Mason ...  Sergeant Slater / ... 10 episodes, 1997-1999
Marshall Lancaster ...  Ged Hodgson 8 episodes, 1999
Annabelle Apsion ...  Beverly 8 episodes, 1999
Amanda Mealing ...  Jo Jo Spiers 7 episodes, 1999
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Danny Kavanagh leaves Liverpool for the Lake District, finding work at a hotel and love with a local girl named Emma. Yet Danny remains an outsider in the close-knit community, and through the machinations of fate, he finds himself implicated in a tragedy. As the series goes on, the secrets, lies, and crimes, of the seemingly tranquil community continue to be revealed. Written by Azure_Girl

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1997 (UK) See more »

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A tavak See more »

Filming Locations:

Cumbria, England, UK See more »

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(4 parts) | (10 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Astonishingly impactful television!!
25 June 1999 | by proseSee all my reviews

This remarkable series has already been repeated on Australian television, and as far as I'm concerned it can be repeated each year, and nothing will come anywhere near it. The sharpness of Jimmy McGovern's script, the breathtaking performance by John Simm, the direction of David Blair, and the awesome landscape of the Lake District form the foundation of this 4-part series.

There are many layers and sub-texts to this story. My family were still discussing it for months after the first viewing. Not all the decisions made by the characters in this story will be popular with viewers, but they are realistic indeed. So realistic that one is likely to feel uncomfortable with the result.

As a rites of passage tale, "The Lakes" is almost mythological in its strength, gritty realism, and impact.

I look forward to the further work of this remarkable writer.


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