LA Productions Ltd for BBC One
Jimmy McGovern’s tough but timely TV drama begins when an unfortunate series of events leads to a single mother-of-three, losing her job. Unable to claim benefits, she struggles to feed her family and keep the roof over their heads, not to mention paying for her daughter’s First Communion. Catholic priest, Father Michael Kerrigan recognises that Christina is in trouble but she turns away his attempts to help her. As he struggles to serve parishioners like Christina, Father Michael also has his own personal tragedies to deal with. With a widening caseload of personal problems, community conflicts and society’s suspicions of the church at large, Father Michael begins to question his own capabilities. “Sean Bean’s turn as a troubled priest in the BBC drama celebrates the best of religion while acknowledging the worst” said the review in the Radio Times.
This was a searingly affective programme which has haunted both critics and audiences. One network commissioner confided to us that she wishes it had come across her desk first and she had commissioned it.