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Drama series. Father Michael advises a vulnerable parishioner. With his mother dying, he begins to experience worrying flashbacks of his traumatic childhood.

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.

57 minutes

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Tue 30 May 2017 21:00

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Nina Simone

    I Think It's Going To Rain Today

  • 00:16

    Dinah Washington, Belford Hendricks


  • 00:25

    Nina Simone

    I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)


Role Contributor
Father Michael Kerrigan Sean Bean
Christina Fitzsimmons Anna Friel
Lisa Fitzsimmons Macy Shackleton
Pauline Pickering Naomi Radcliffe
Young Michael's Mother Aoife McMahon
Father Michael Age 10 Fin Campbell
Jean Reid Rochenda Sandall
Rosie Lunt (Nan) Eileen Nicholas
Jimmy Fitzsimmons Dylan Naden
Tommy Fitzsimmons Gabriel Downes
Father Patrick Tony Guilfoyle
Father Michael Age 18 Sam Rintoul
Christopher Kerrigan Rowe David McClelland
Joe Kerrigan Paul Copley
Eddie Kerrigan Steve Garti
Beth Kerrigan Vanessa Earl
Father Michael's Mother Present Day Aine Ni Mhuiri
Job Shop Woman Gail Kemp
Headmistress Debra Michaels
Mariella Clare Calbraith
Compere Peter Piper
Football Manager Steve Evets
Cash Switchers Man Neil Bell
Referee Dave Hart
Father Peter Flaherty Adrian Dunbar
Post Office Clerk Sarah Higgins
Director Ashley Pearce
Executive Producer Colin McKeown
Executive Producer Jimmy McGovern
Executive Producer Sean Bean
Producer Colin McKeown
Producer Donna Molloy
Writer Jimmy McGovern
Production Company LA Productions-Saint Nick's Limited


  • Tue 30 May 2017 21:00

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