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Filmed in homage to his original TV series, this factual drama follows Dave Allen from childhood to becoming one of the UK and Ireland's comedy greats, with just a whiskey, a cigarette and ... See full summary »

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Andy De Emmony

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Stephen Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Ash Colin Ash ... Redcoat
Robert Bathurst ... Charles Curran
Richard Clements Richard Clements ... Martin
Joanne Crawford ... Jean Tynan-O'Mahony
Simon Day Simon Day ... Lew Grade
Richard Doubleday ... Tailor
Patrick FitzSymons ... Producer
Aidan Gillen ... Dave Allen
Sam Hardy ... John Tynan-O'Mahony aged 7
Miranda Hennessy ... Sketch Artist
Conleth Hill ... John Tynan-O'Mahony
Senan Jennings ... Dave Allen aged 5
Jonathan Jules Jonathan Jules ... Comedian
Daniel Kendrick Daniel Kendrick ... Kenny
Emma Little Lawless Emma Little Lawless ... Nun
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Filmed in homage to his original TV series, this factual drama follows Dave Allen from childhood to becoming one of the UK and Ireland's comedy greats, with just a whiskey, a cigarette and nine-and-a-half fingers. Dave Allen is played by Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones). Written by Darlow Smithson Productions

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UK

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English

Release Date:

2 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Aidan Gillen and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo play Dave Allen at different ages. They previously played a father and son, Robert and Conor Lawlor, in Sing Street (2016). See more »

Quotes

[Dave is talking to his dad just after the accident in which he lost the end of his finger]
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Stop your moaning. It's barely the fingernail.
John Tynan-O'Mahony: It's the whole end.
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: And do you need to scratch your arse and pick your nose at the same time?
[Dave chuckles]
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Mark my word, it'll be a great friend to you, that finger. A great friend.
John Tynan-O'Mahony: How?
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Well, you'll never be stuck for a story, will you?
John Tynan-O'Mahony: Yeah, but...
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Not the *real* one, dunderhead! The ones you make up. What kind of an idiot chooses the truth over a good ...
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Great story ruined by chronology
2 April 2018 | by deanbowkettSee all my reviews

A comedy genius with an incredible story ruined by a simplistic telling. Performances by Aidan Gillan, Ely Solan, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Senan Jennings were great but also ruined by the flashbacks and flash forwards. A great story ruined by the production


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