Category : TV
Date : 27.04.2004
David Morrissey, Sarah Parish and John
Thomson star in Peter Bowker's darkly comic musical drama
Jane Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning,
says: "Blackpool is Pete Bowker at his best it is a truly
inspired and startling original series, which is a clever mix of entertaining
storytelling and a thriller narrative, intertwined with familiar musical
"It complements Sandy Welch's Victorian love story
North and South, an adaptation of the Elizabeth Gaskell novel, and Billy
Ivory's signature drama about love and sex."
Ripley Holden (David Morrissey) is a flawed hero; a
charismatic family man who trained at the school of hard knocks.
Ripley is poised to make top dollar as the seaside town
reinvents itself as the Las Vegas of the Lancashire coast.
As he struggles to keep his chaotic family in check,
Ripley hangs on to one hope - the good life is just around the corner.
But family life begins to take its toll and, when the
body of a young man is found in his showpiece arcade, he finds himself
brought down by a series of events that are out of his control.
The cast also includes Sarah Parish as Ripley's neglected
wife Natalie, whose attention is drawn elsewhere when Ripley becomes
distracted by his money-making ventures.
John Thomson plays Terry Corlette, Ripley's close associate.
Georgia Taylor (Coronation Street) is Shyanne,
Ripley's teenage daughter whose taste in men leaves a lot to be desired,
and David Tennant (He Knew He Was Right) plays DI Carlisle, the
investigating officer who is convinced that Ripley is involved in the
death of the young man found in his arcade.
Carlisle is determined to get to the truth, no matter
what it takes.
Currently filming in Blackpool for transmission later
this year, Blackpool is produced by Kate Lewis (The Alan Clark Diaries).
The directors are Julie-Anne Robinson and Coky Giedroyc.
The executive producers are Sally Haynes and Head of
Drama Serials Laura Mackie.