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Clay (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 30 March 2008
Set in the mid-60s and based on the novel by award-winning author David Almond, this dark and mesmerizing fable tells how 14-year-old David's life is changed forever by a mysterious outsider.


Andrew Gunn


David Almond (novel), Peter Tabern (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry McEntire ... Davie
Niek Versteeg Niek Versteeg ... Geordie
Darren Howie Darren Howie ... Martin Mould
Ian McElhinney ... Father O'Mahoney
Phillippa Wilson Phillippa Wilson ... Carol Hagen
Joe Caffrey Joe Caffrey ... Dennis Hagen
Sacha Parkinson ... Maria
Imelda Staunton ... Mary Doonan
Natalie Hall Natalie Hall ... Frances
Ben-Ryan Davies Ben-Ryan Davies ... Stephen Rose (as Ben Davies)
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Mr Parker
Charlotte-Joy Reed Charlotte-Joy Reed ... Mona Duffy
Nicky McEvoy Nicky McEvoy ... Jimmy Kay
Alan Renwick Alan Renwick ... Park keeper
Jack Traynor Jack Traynor ... Poke


Adaptation of the book by David Almond, set in 1960s Tyneside. Two 14-year-old boys team up against Mouldy, the town bully. Turning Crazy Mary s garden shed into a workshop, they discover that the sculptures they create come to life. Together they raise a golem, a creature fashioned from clay, capable of dispatching anyone, even Martin Mould. But when Mouldy winds up dead, the boys have to deal with the awful power they may have unleashed and the perils of getting what you wish for. Written by Anonymous

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30 March 2008 (UK) See more »

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unexpected delight - brilliant!!!
17 April 2008 | by stevevolkSee all my reviews

I caught this drama unexpectedly, I think on Sunday afternoon, on TV over Easter. I was bowled over by the quality of the story and atmosphere, as well as the young performances, and wondered why it hadn't had more publicity raving about it, and why it appeared to be hidden away in the schedules. It shouldn't have been! CLAY was wonderfully evocative of both Frankenstein and Jewish legend of The Golem of Prague, yet never fell back on the tired "with one bound" dramatic cheats that afflict other TV fantasy shows (e.g. Doctor Who!). It also had a Biblical subtext that was never explicit. I don't know the book it was based upon, but I look forward to more work from the screenwriter, and the director.

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