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Broken, Series 1 Episode 1 of 6

Catholic priest Father Michael Kerrigan presides over a large parish on the outskirts of a major city in northern England, a well-respected figure throughout the local community.

Father Michael reaches out to a troubled parishioner, a single mother-of-three, who is badly struggling for money after a series of unfortunate events - but she rejects his attempts to help. The woman's mother then dies suddenly.

Father Michael has to cope with his own frail mother, living 60 miles away, and as he deals with the effects of his own harsh, working-class upbringing and reflects on the conflicts within society at large, he questions how much of an impact he can really have on the ever-evolving spiritual landscape of modern-day Britain.

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57 minutes

Last on

Tue 30 May 2017 21:00
BBC Two Wales

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Role Contributor
Father Michael KerriganSean Bean
Christina FitzsimmonsAnna Friel
Lisa FitzsimmonsMacy Shackleton
Pauline PickeringNaomi Radcliffe
Young Michael's MotherAoife McMahon
Father Michael Age 10Fin Campbell
Jean ReidRochenda Sandall
Rosie Lunt (Nan)Eileen Nicholas
Jimmy FitzsimmonsDylan Naden
Tommy FitzsimmonsGabriel Downes
Father PatrickTony Guilfoyle
Father Michael Age 18Sam Rintoul
Christopher KerriganRowe David McClelland
Joe KerriganPaul Copley
Eddie KerriganSteve Garti
Beth KerriganVanessa Earl
Father Michael's Mother Present DayAine Ni Mhuiri
Job Shop WomanGail Kemp
HeadmistressDebra Michaels
MariellaClare Calbraith
ComperePeter Piper
Football ManagerSteve Evets
Cash Switchers ManNeil Bell
RefereeDave Hart
Father Peter FlahertyAdrian Dunbar
Post Office ClerkSarah Higgins
DirectorAshley Pearce
Executive ProducerColin McKeown
Executive ProducerJimmy McGovern
Executive ProducerSean Bean
ProducerColin McKeown
ProducerDonna Molloy
WriterJimmy McGovern
Production CompanyLA Productions-Saint Nick's Limited

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