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Father Michael, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish who is Modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed; must be confidant, counsellor and confessor to a congregation ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Sean Bean ...  Father Michael Kerrigan 6 episodes, 2017
Adrian Dunbar ...  Father Peter Flaherty 6 episodes, 2017
Fin Campbell Fin Campbell ...  Michael Aged 10 6 episodes, 2017
Sam Rintoul ...  Young Michael Kerrigan 6 episodes, 2017
Muna Otaru ...  Helen Oyenusi 5 episodes, 2017
Mark Stanley ...  PC Andrew Powell 5 episodes, 2017
Vanessa Earl ...  Beth Kerrigan 5 episodes, 2017
Áine Ní Mhuirí Áine Ní Mhuirí ...  Michael's Mother 5 episodes, 2017
Paula Malcomson ...  Roz Demichelis 4 episodes, 2017
Rochenda Sandall ...  Jean Reid 4 episodes, 2017
Naomi Radcliffe ...  Pauline Pickering 4 episodes, 2017
Aoife McMahon ...  Young Michael's Mother 4 episodes, 2017
David McClelland ...  Christopher Kerrigan 4 episodes, 2017
Paul Copley ...  Joe Kerrigan 4 episodes, 2017
Steve Garti ...  Eddie Kerrigan 4 episodes, 2017
Jerome Holder ...  Vernon / ... 4 episodes, 2017
Grant Crookes Grant Crookes ...  Various 4 episodes, 2017
Aisling Loftus ...  PC Dawn Morris 3 episodes, 2017
Lauren Lyle ...  Chloe Demichelis 3 episodes, 2017
Anna Friel ...  Christina Fitzsimmons 3 episodes, 2017
Macy Shackleton Macy Shackleton ...  Lisa Fitzsimmons 3 episodes, 2017
Matthew Wilson ...  PC Ian Wakefield 3 episodes, 2017
Eileen Nicholas ...  Nan 3 episodes, 2017
Faye McKeever ...  Caroline Powell 3 episodes, 2017
Debra Michaels Debra Michaels ...  Headmistress 3 episodes, 2017
Lora Moss ...  Alter Assistant 3 episodes, 2017
Heidi Roberts Heidi Roberts ...  Bernadette Jenkins / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Dylan Naden Dylan Naden ...  Jimmy Fitzsimmons 2 episodes, 2017
Thomas Arnold Thomas Arnold ...  Father Matthew 2 episodes, 2017
Tony Hirst ...  Sgt Dennis Kilcaid 2 episodes, 2017
Louis Hilyer Louis Hilyer ...  Chief Inspector McDonald / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Gabriel Downes Gabriel Downes ...  Tommy Fitzsimmons 2 episodes, 2017
Arinder Sadhra Arinder Sadhra ...  Police Liaison Officer 2 episodes, 2017
Clare Calbraith ...  Mariella 2 episodes, 2017
Robert Gillespie ...  Father Matthew / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Graham Heywood Graham Heywood ...  Compere 2 episodes, 2017
Neil Bell ...  Cash Switcher's Man 2 episodes, 2017
Daniel C. Bishop Daniel C. Bishop ...  Leo Demichelis 2 episodes, 2017
Sophie Bleasdale Sophie Bleasdale ...  Case Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Cathy Breeze Cathy Breeze ...  Senior Case Worker 2 episodes, 2017
Eithne Browne Eithne Browne ...  Mrs. Devaney 2 episodes, 2017
Ned Dennehy ...  Carl McKenna 2 episodes, 2017
Jack Harper Jack Harper ...  Jake Demichelis 2 episodes, 2017
Richard Lynch Richard Lynch ...  Jamie 2 episodes, 2017
Jessica May Buxton Jessica May Buxton ...  Tutor 2 episodes, 2017
Joy McBrinn ...  Maureen 2 episodes, 2017
Joel Parry Joel Parry ...  PC Kevin Knox 2 episodes, 2017
Danny Sapani ...  Daniel Martin 2 episodes, 2017
Georgie-May Tearle ...  Neighbour 2 episodes, 2017
Fionn Walton Fionn Walton ...  Young Michael's Father 2 episodes, 2017
Sharon Wood Sharon Wood ...  Mourner-Wake Attendee #3 / ... 2 episodes, 2017


Father Michael, a Catholic priest presiding over a Northern urban parish who is Modern, maverick, and reassuringly flawed; must be confidant, counsellor and confessor to a congregation struggling to reconcile its beliefs with the challenges of daily life. Written by BBC One

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The series was due to begin being shown on 23 May 2017 but was postponed because of some similarities between the storyline and the Manchester Arena terrorist explosion on 22 May 2017. See more »


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Welcome to The Tale of Two Countries
10 August 2017 | by kevandebSee all my reviews

I recorded this and forgot it for a few months. To be honest I was not expecting much. I recorded it because I find Anna Freil beautiful and she gets better with age. Having been born in a mining town and lived in the North of England all my life I always admire British dramas that 'tell it like it is'. What we have in the UK now is two separate countries and I have lived in both. One is the affluent UK where nobody dares to stray north and lives in a recession free capsule calling the working class lazy and continue to make use of cheap foreign labour to get their cars cleaned and their nails manicured. Then the other UK is what you see in this series. A UK where surviving is a battle as the state keep introducing penalties to drive you deeper into debt and to live on charity. A UK full of loan sharks, predators and pay day loan companies that are allowed to charge eye watering rates of interest. In one generation 'Nu Labour' & the tories have deskilled the British workforce and made us totally reliant on foreign labour. This series perfectly encapsulates both the physical and mental battles that challenge those at the bottom. The frightening thing is now the disabled, mentally ill and other needy sections of society are now being targeted and still the middle classes cheer on this destruction. I worked overseas for many years and did not recognise the place of my birth on my return. Sean Bean has always played good roles and should have had a lot more opportunities in film and TV. His portrayal of a man racked with guilt and shame perfectly reflects what a friend of mine went through when they were abused. There are beacons of hope throughout the series and allude to a once great community spirit where everybody once looked out for each other and helped each other, but as the series demonstrates these are now just glimpses in an industrial wasteland deliberately destroyed in the 80's. This kind of drama is what the UK does best and sits nicely with the likes of Boys from the Blackstuff, Kes & I, Daniel Blake.

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