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Ballykissangel
TV Series 58 x 60
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DIRECTOR: Paul Harrison   Frank Smith   Alan MacMillan
WRITER: John Flanagan    Kieran Prendiville    Andy McCullough
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Ballykea Productions Limited   
PRODUCER: David Shanks    Robert Cooper      
CAST: Niall Toibin    Tina Kelleher    Robert Taylor    Susannah Doyle    Frankie McCafferty    Joe Savino  
LOCATION: Wicklow, Ireland
EDITOR: Gareth Young      
DOP: Ciaran Tanham      
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Ballykissangel was created in 1992, when Kieran Prendiville came up with an outline for a new comedy/drama series based around an Irish mountain community with storylines 'just this side of credulity'.

He was determined that the stories would not be those considered stereotypical of the Irish - 'no "Oirishness", no begorrahs, shillelaghs or Little People.' The show was partly based on Kieran's memories of family holidays in County Kerry when he was a child and the name was derived from the town of Ballykissanne, where he grew up.

There was a lot of interest from BBC Northern Ireland and World Productions and the BBC commissioned the show in 1994. Kieran's original outline had included some 21 characters, including Quigley's other two daughters and a playwright, which were dropped early in the pre-production stage along with several other characters.

Another adjustment to Kieran's concept was the choice of location for the show. He had visualised a village square with the church, shop and Fitzgerald's each taking up one side of it but BallyK's producer, Joy Lale had fallen in love with Avoca, a linear village. It didn't quite fit the script, but its rolling hills and community atmosphere made it the perfect setting for the show.

The BBC were so confident of BallyK's success that they commissioned a second series several months before the first was broadcast. Ballykissangel began transmission in February 1996 and it was a huge hit, attracting around 15 million viewers.

The end of the third series saw some major changes in the cast line-up and new characters arrived during the fourth series to bring new blood to the show.

A New Australian priest Vincent Sheahan comes to Ballykissangel for its sixth series.





 
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