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Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
David Morrissey ...  Ripley Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Sarah Parish ...  Natalie Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Thomas Morrison Thomas Morrison ...  Danny Holden 6 episodes, 2004
David Tennant ...  D.I. Peter Carlisle 6 episodes, 2004
Georgia Taylor ...  Shyanne Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Steve Pemberton ...  Adrian Marr 6 episodes, 2004
David Bradley ...  Hallworth 6 episodes, 2004
Bryan Dick ...  D.C. Blythe 6 episodes, 2004
Kevin Doyle ...  Steve 6 episodes, 2004
David Hounslow ...  DCI Jim Allbright / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Jacqueline Pilton Jacqueline Pilton ...  Ruth 6 episodes, 2004
Lisa Millett ...  Hailey 6 episodes, 2004
John Thomson ...  Terry Corlette 6 episodes, 2004
Michelle McCaw Michelle McCaw ...  Chantelle 6 episodes, 2004
Jim Whelan ...  Deaf Barry 5 episodes, 2004
Connie Walker Connie Walker ...  Karen 4 episodes, 2004
Joe Armstrong ...  Mark Reed 3 episodes, 2004
James Cartwright ...  Mike Hooley 2 episodes, 2004
Cathryn Bradshaw ...  Mary Webb 2 episodes, 2004
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Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.

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Release Date:

24 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Blackpool See more »

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Trivia

Exterior school scenes were filmed at the old international university building in Bushey, Hertfordshire See more »

Quotes

D.I. Peter Carlisle: Ah, Freud would say that your jokes reveal a truth buried in your subconscious.
Ripley Holden: Oh, what do you know, a copper who's read a book.
D.I. Peter Carlisle: Well, if I'd read two books, maybe I'd run an amusement arcade.
Ripley Holden: Yeah, well I wouldn't know about that. I run a family entertainment arcade.
D.I. Peter Carlisle: And I'm a crime-citizen-interface consultant.
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Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2005) See more »

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Viva Las Vegas
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman (as Mort Schuman)
Performed by Elvis Presley, David Morrissey, Georgia Taylor Thomas Morrison and Sarah Parish
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Blackpool
20 January 2006 | by Elise120See all my reviews

Blackpool (released as Viva Blackpool in the US) is absolutely the best mini-series I've ever seen. It was unique, well written, directed and acted. Although both David Tennant and David Morrissey are wonderful actors, I felt that David Morrissey really stood out in his role of Ripley Holden. If anyone's seen any of his other work, they would see what an incredible actor he is!! And outrageously attractive as well. The musical numbers are well done. What a brilliant idea to have the actors sing along with the original artists, sort of like Karaoke. I was also impressed with new actor Tommy Morrisson, who played Danny Holden. I expect to see him in other films..he's very talented. Sarah Parrish is lovely and talented as always, and I'm looking forward to seeing David Tennant as Dr. Who. In conclusion, I highly recommend this series. I only wish that BBC would release the DVD for Region 1 soon, as my home VHS recording is getting worn from repeated viewings.


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