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Blackpool - a bold, edgy and original drama serial for BBC ONE

Category : TV Drama
Date : 27.04.2004
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David Morrissey, Sarah Parish and John Thomson star in Peter Bowker's darkly comic musical drama Blackpool.


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 numbers.


"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.



Category : TV Drama
Date : 27.04.2004
Printable version


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