Ballykissangel - Complete Series One
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In the first episode, "Trying to Connect You," before Father Clifford has a chance to arrive in the town of Ballykissangel, the bus he is riding is almost smashed to bits by a huge wooden box. He soon finds out that this box contains a welcome gift from Brian Quigley, Ballykissangel's occasionally misguided preeminent businessman. The second episode, "The Things We Do for Love," finds a blast from Father Clifford's past arriving in town. Quigley's daughter, Niamh, is set to wed Ambrose, the earnest village guard, in "Live in My Heart and Pay No Rent." "Fallen Angel" finds a pirate radio station, Angel FM, and its DJ broadcasting hip tunes, wisecracks, and local gossip in an atrocious American accent over the town. When the DJ reveals that it's Father Clifford's birthday, Assumpta thinks up a gift that will surely get things rolling. "The Power and the Glory" is a bit tense for many of the characters. Quigley decides to run in the local election against the aspiring crematorium-builder, Sean Dooley, but an old flame of Assumpta's--a journalist--starts digging around and causing all sorts of trouble. In the sixth and last episode of the season, "Missing You Already," Father Clifford finds out he is about to be sent back to England. Meanwhile, Assumpta is busy coping with the impending competition of Quigley's Bar and Grill, which is moving in for the local festival and possibly longer. And finally, the happy couple of Niamh and Ambrose are getting married. This could be the end for the English priest in the small Irish town. --Amanda Powter
- All six episodes
- "On the Ballykissangel Trail" - making of feature (60 mins.)
- "Behind the Scenes" (20 mins)
- "Summer Holiday in Avoca" tour of the town
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Only, unlike NORTHERN EXPOSURE, BallyK's inhabitants are a bit more realistic than Cicely's. You won't find radio announcers making catapult art, insane hypochondriacs badgering hermit chefs, or waitresses breaking into chronic song. Rather, BallyK is peopled by characters who present us with humor derived from their very ordinary humanity.
In truth, after the departure of Stephen Tompkinson and Dervla Kirwan, that humanity becomes a little too ordinary, and the show slips into a kind of soap opera normalcy. But for the two-year tenure of Tompkinson's Father Clifford and Kirwan's Assumpta Fitzgerald, BallyK is a fascinating place, where the storyline is fresh, and the characters genuinely evolve.
It's clear that the writers love their characters. They take great care to provide us with ones so involving, it is sometimes difficult to discern who the stars of the show actually are. Each main character has a well-defined relationship with all the rest.
At the end of the day, however, the show is most about two of them. The writers' greatest feat is the complete story arc of the Clifford-Fitzgerald relationship. It stands as one of the most complex liasons in the history of English-language television.Read more ›
"Ballykissangel" is about young Father Peter Clifford (Stephen Tompkinson) who has come from England to the Irish town of Ballykissangel (Baile Coisc Aingeal) to be the curate at the local parish. You would think that the problem is going to be that the young priest is English, but it turns out to be his way of thinking and not his country of origin that shakes things up in town:
Episode 1, "Trying to Connect You" (Written by Kieran Prendiville, First aired February 11, 1996) starts with an interesting race. Can the new priest get to town before whatever is in that giant crate marked "Fragile" that is rolling down the mountainside and into Ballykissangel? Father Peter gets a ride Assumpta Fitzgerald (Dervla Kirwan), who runs the local tavern and has no use for the church. Then there are Niamh Quigley (Tina Kellegher) and Ambrose Egan (Peter Hanly), who are supposed to be getting married. But she wants to make sure they are really compatible which means living and sleeping together and he does not want to commit a mortal. Meanwhile, Father MacAnally (Niall Toibin) is not happy to have a new curate who cannot drive and then there is what is in that box that Brian Quigley (Tony Doyle) has bought for the church.Read more ›
Being a big fan of the show, I generally wanted to get BALLYKISSANGEL when it was released on tape. It is a very entertaining show about the going-ons of a small Irish village. Although it may resemble a normal drama, don't let that fool you. It possesses an atmosphere of oddball humor. Despite the realistic trappings, anything unusual, from an automatic confessional to wooden sheep, may occur in this town. It's NORTHERN EXPOSURE in Ireland. Volume one features the pilot episode, introducing Father Peter Clifford (DROP THE DEAD DONKEYS' Stephen Tompkinson) as the arriving priest of the town's St. Joseph's parish. Along the way he meets the no-nonsense barkeeper Assumpta Fitzgerald (Devla Kirwin), the ambitious businessman Brian Quigley (Tony Doyle), his headstrong daughter Niamh (THE SNAPPER'S Tina Kellegher), and clumsy Gardi Ambrose Egan (BRAVEHEART'S Peter Hanly).
As an additional treat to BallyK fans, each video features a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the show.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you want captions, they don't work on this set! Don't even waste your money or time on this!!!Published 1 month ago by Gwyn Mikedaniel
Fun to watch with both hilarious and heartwarming plots and quirky characters who have good chemistry. The photography of the Irish landscape is also lovely.Published 8 months ago by Anne C Lohr
Sometimes things are not as a person remembers. Ballykissangel was a show I enjoyed years ago when first seen on PBS. This is not as good as I remembered. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ann E. Powers
I love Ballykissangel, please bring it back to me!
And to all the good people who never had the pleasure.