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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Both David Tennant and David Bradley worked together previously on Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. 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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Connections

Remade as Viva Laughlin (2007) 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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A drama set to the background of a Blackpool amusement arcade. Three sublimely played roles make this a movie which I shall remember for a long long time to come .....
24 December 2007 | by christian-205See all my reviews

No warning. Just zapping through Dutch and Belgian TV channels when I stopped by chance at 'Blackpool'. I don't know what held me - perhaps the sublime acting in the three main roles. David Morrissey plays the the cheap shallow amusement arcade owner - or so he seems at first! His protagonist is a sharp police detective played so convincingly by David Tennant. Detective inspectors don't usually fall in love with the wives of their chief suspects but David is the exception. He falls completely for Sarah Parish who plays the wife of Ripley Holden, the arcade owner. Of course David has to fall in love with Sarah. After all, she plays an intelligent emotionally honest woman with depth of character to such perfection that it is almost impossible to distinguish between the actress and the role she depicts. Three incredibly good actors develop through six episodes of a gripping story with moments frozen in brilliantly selected popular song. How could Natalie Holden ever have fallen for the the sleaze boss Ripley? You begin to understand when you realize that Ripley is also a human being with ambition, depth,intelligence and charm. The characters scintillate through the episodes first of all showing one side and then another. My only criticism was that it was impossible for the sixth episode to meet the expectations built up during the previous shows. It very nearly succeeded however. There is a fine balancing line between drama and soap. Although all the ingredients for soap were there in the story line, this movie never once strayed over the line. My congratulations to the writer and the actors - a fantastic production which I shall remember for a very long time.....


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