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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 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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1.78 : 1
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Bombs out
31 July 2001 | by eddie-83See all my reviews

Irish actress Dervla Kerwin became popular through the whimsical Irish series `Ballykissangel'. She has since cemented her reputation in excellent TV shows `Shades' and the superb drama of human relationships, `Hearts & Bones'. I have enjoyed her unthreatening girl-next-door prettiness and credible performances in all that I have seen her in but with `The Bombmaker' I feel she has gone backwards.

We are in airport novel territory here. `The Bombmaker' begins promisingly, the first hour is tense and fast-moving, Ciara Lyons as the little kidnapped girl is most appealing but the plot soon unravels as one ridiculous scene follows another and there is absolutely no depth of characterization, just goodies and baddies.

If you enjoy solid drama look elsewhere, even as mindless escapism `The Bombmaker' hardly passes muster and if the half-hearted red herrings don't get you the irritating bongo drums will.

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