Ballykissangel - Complete Series Two
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In "For One Night Only," the Manchester, England-born Father Peter Clifford (Stephen Tompkinson) further complicates his ambiguous and professionally forbidden feelings for Assumpta Fitzgerald (Dervla Kirwan), the beautiful and sardonic pub owner, by playing a love scene with her. The ever-observant and long-suffering Father Peter also finds an abandoned baby on his doorstep in "The Facts of Life," a sour irony for Niamh (Tina Kellegher) and Ambrose (Peter Hanly) Egan, the much-admired young couple who lose their first pregnancy from natural causes. Meanwhile, Niamh's father, the relentless contractor, Brian Quigley (Tony Doyle), continues his quest for the perfect scam, burying profits and inventing creative bribes to sway clients and officials. It speaks well of Ballykissangel's moral, if mellow, complexity that Brian, like Peter's nemesis, Father MacNally (Niall Toibin), can be appreciated for his full humanity regardless of his misdeeds.
Other highlights: "In the Can," in which the fiercely independent Assumpta goes out with a womanizing pop star despite advice to the contrary. "Money, Money, Money" finds Brian burned in a gambling scheme then seeking revenge through a charity poker tournament. The season finale, "Chinese Whispers," concerns widespread paranoia when two mysterious government investigators show up. The episode is quite funny, and ultimately reassuring about all that is soulful and good in BallyK. --Tom Keogh
Top Customer Reviews
In a most unlikely Irish village, live a most unlikely group of villagers. A group which includes the good, the bad, and the rather stupid. Overseer, at the top of the hierarchy, is a non too pleasant, but feared, senior Priest. The foregoing would hardly make an aceptable show - let alone a great one. Ballykissangel is made great, truly great, by the inclusion to the above characters of a raw English born Priest, an attractive but atheist female Publican, a conscientious but fallible Policeman, a caring Schoolmaster and, lastly but crucially, a lovable rogue of a Businessman.
It would be unfair to pick any one actor as superior. The main characters are superbly played by the cast, while the 'lesser lights' are no less deserving of high praise.
Ballykissangel is a 'Fairy Tale', in that good invariably triumphs over evil but, the convoluted stories which evolve from the behaviour of the residents of this small community are suspenseful and highly entertaining. The writing, like the acting, is first rate.
This must be one of the most viewable of all the Drama/Comedies ever produced. One wishes one could live in Ballykissangel!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The characters in Ballykissangel are fully developed and delightful to watch.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
WHY CAN'T WE VIEW THIS SERIES ANYMORE. WE STARTED WATCHING LATE 2014 EARLY 2015 AND NOW CAN'T. WHY AMAZON PRIME? THIS IS AN EXCELLENT TV SERIES AND WANT TO FINISH SEEING IT.Published 13 months ago by dr frank
This series has been so enjoyable. We have watched the entire series before on tv. I hope to own the whole series. Humor, laughter and sadness!Published 14 months ago by marilyn j. hassan
It is a relief to watch a program with humor and not filled with violence . I enjoy this series having an Irish heritage. J. MeaghPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer