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The Bombmaker (2001)

A former IRA bombmaker is forced to resume her craft when her daughter is kidnapped.


Graham Theakston


Stephen Leather (adaptation), Stephen Leather (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dervla Kirwan ... Andrea Hayes
Mark Womack ... Martin Hayes
Ciara Lyons Ciara Lyons ... Katie Hayes
David Hunt ... Egan
Angeline Ball ... Lydia McCracken
Marc Warren ... Quinn
Francis Magee ... O'Keefe
Daragh O'Malley ... Mick Canning
Brendan Coyle ... George McEvoy
Samantha Bond ... Patsy
Brian Doherty Brian Doherty ... D.I. Fitzgerald
Keith Duffy ... D.S. Power
Maria McDermottroe Maria McDermottroe ... Miss O'Mara
Barry Barnes Barry Barnes ... Padraig
Scott Maslen Scott Maslen ... SAS Captain Payne


An expert IRA bomb-maker turned police informant retires and starts a new life after four school-children are killed by one of her bombs. Ten years later, her daughter is kidnapped and she is forced to construct a massive bomb in the middle of central London, while her husband works with the police and the SAS to locate and free his family. Written by Alexander Lum

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Release Date:

8 April 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bomben See more »

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(2 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Excellent TV Drama, well acted, very suspensefull
6 July 2001 | by sevenofmine79See all my reviews

WOW! I am primarily a film and american TV fan, I use my TV for things like Friends, Fraiser, Star Trek, Buffy, Dark Angel, and as such it is INCREDIBLEY rare that I EVER watch any British productions, but as it happened I was bored one Sunday night, and had seen the promo for "The Bombmaker" and it seamed like a decent little two-parter, so I sat down and watched it.


Story wise, it build up amazingly, the script was well planned out, well written. The acting was amazing especially from Kirwin, characters were given the necassary depth to grow and evolve over the two parts.

Not to say it was perfect, for one, the score was terrible, just a jangle of incidental music with an overly agressive drum beat. The ending was also rushed, while events with in the two parts led up to an amazing dramatic showdown where Andrea turns the situation on the terrorists, but its then ruined by the all too easy "cops rush in" which was a terrible way to end the show as it all went to plan and was well just to easy.

All of that being said, the sheer style and grace of the series is fabulous, if you get the chance to check it out on DVD or in re-runs make sure you DO NOT MISS IT!

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