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The Commitments

58 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 December 2013

Jimmy Rabbite is on a mission - he wants to spread the gospel of soul to Dublin. Barrytown is about to become Motown as Jimmy decides to put a band together.

The first of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown series of novels, all to be dramatized by BBC Radio 4. Roddy Doyle's ground-breaking classic is the story of a working class Dublin band -The Commitments.

With Joey the Lips Fagan on trumpet, Billy The Animal Mooney on drums, Derek the Meatman Scully on bass, Dean Good Times Fay on sax, L. Terence Foster on guitar, James the Soul Surgeon Clifford on piano and - not forgetting the singers - Declan Blanketman Cuffe and The Commitmentettes, Sonya, Sofia and Tanya. This Dublin band are ready to bring some serious soul, the working man's rhythm, to Dublin's Northside.

Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien. Directed on location in Dublin by one of Ireland's finest filmmakers, Jim Sheridan (In the Name of The Father, In America, My Left Foot, The Field.)

The young cast is comprised of a new generation of talented young Irish actors and the music is by the emerging Dublin band, The Riptide Movement.

Guitar ..... JP Dalton
Bass ..... Gerard McGarry
Drums ..... Garrett Byrne
Sax ..... Ciaran Sutton
Trumpet ..... Robert Grant
Piano ..... Enda Collins

Written by Roddy Doyle
Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien
Producer: Gemma McMullan
Director: Jim Sheridan.


Jimmy Jnr
Ronan Raftery
Joey the Lips
Gavin Friday
Lloyd Cooney
Tom Ward
Mal Tuohy
Devon Murray
Animal Mooney
Johnny Ward
James Clifford
Damien Molony
Sarah Greene
Sarah Greene
Eve Macklin
Kate Stanley Brennan
Peter Campion
Jimmy Snr
Andrew Connolly
Dave Moran
Colm Meaney
Roddy Doyle
Eugene O'Brien
Jim Sheridan
Gemma McMullan


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