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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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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24 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Viva Blackpool See more »

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David Tennant, David Bradley, and David Morissey have all played the role of the Doctor from Doctor Who, David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor from 2006-2010, David Morissey in The Next Doctor, and David Bradley playing William Hartnell as the First Doctor in An Adventure in Time and Space. See more »

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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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Followed by Viva Blackpool (2006) See more »

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The Secrets That You Keep
Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman
Performed by Sarah Parish
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Wonderful, Quirky Murder Mystery
11 January 2006 | by kenj-3See all my reviews

I did not expect this to be anywhere as good as it turned out to be. I mean, who wants to see a murder mystery where the main characters break out into song every 30 minutes or so? Yes, they actually do sing in their own voices over recordings you will recognize.

The songs are a perfect fit to the story, moving it along and providing a lot of context. My personal favorite was the head to head between David Morrissey and David Tennant, both singing "These Boots Are Made For Walking."

Sarah Parish has always been a personal favorite, starting with "Cutting It" and doing a killer job as a lawyer in the short lived series "Trust". David Morrissey did a fantastic job. You'd swear he is a total sleaze in the beginning of the series, but by the end, your opinion will probably change. Likewise, David Tennant (the new Dr Who) seems to be the perfect cop, but is he really?

PS - If you saw this on BBC America, you missed about 10 minutes out of every episode. Several songs were cut, as were a lot of key scenes that made the story much easier to follow, and also developed some of the the characters much further. Especially Hallworth, the character played by David Bradley who was protesting the conversion of the arcade into a casino.

Do yourself a favor - get a multi-region DVD player, and order the DVD from the UK.


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