Ballykissangel

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  • TV-14
  • 1999
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.5  (1,422)

The British drama series Ballykissangel takes place in a fictional village in Ireland bearing the same name as the television series itself. Ballykissangel ran for six seasons before being cancelled by the British network the BBC; the first three seasons told the story of an English Catholic priest called Father Peter Clifford. Although it featured the stories of everyday people in the village the series proved controversial as it centered on the possible romantic relationship between the priest and a woman from the village called Assumpta Fitzgerald. For the first three seasons, which began in 1996 Ballykissangel starred Stephen Tompkinson as the English priest Father Clifford and Dervla Kirwin as assumptive Fitzgerald. One of the reasons used for cancelling the television show was that from the end of the third season through to the end of the sixth the cast underwent many changes that it was claimed confused some viewers. Both Tompkinson and Kirwin left the series at the climax of the thrid season after the character of Father Peter had professed his love for Assumpta. In the fouth and fifth seasons Don Wycherley played Father Aiden O'Connell and Victoria Smurfit played Orla O'Connell; the pair left the series at the end of the fifth season and were replaced by the characters of Father Vincent Sheahan and OOnagh Dooley. The series was created by Kieran Prendiville and based upon the village of Ballykissane where Prendiville vacationed as a child. The 65 episodes of Ballykissangel have been broadcast around the world, including the U.K., Australia and the U.S. The cancellation of Ballykissangel was not expected in 2001 as a seventh season had been written and the production planned; many of the actors in the show had been contracted to perform and filming scheduled to begin in 2001. Ballykissangel was filmed in the Irish region of County Wicklow.

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As Happy As A Turkey On Boxing Day
9. As Happy As A Turkey On Boxing Day
December 21, 1997
Father Peter is worrying about what to do with the live turkey he has won. Assumpta is determined to close her pub on Christmas Day. And Brian Quigley is off to Klosters for a week of skiing.
Smoke Signals
8. Smoke Signals
April 15, 2001
As Fitzgerald's closes, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship for Vincent and Father Mac.
Getting Better All the Time
7. Getting Better All the Time
April 8, 2001
Vincent needs a leap of faith if he is to be true to his best friend. The arrival of a faith-healer and a truculent Father Mac only adds to his problems.
In a Jam
6. In a Jam
April 1, 2001
Competiton leads to tensions before the parish fete whilst something appears to be bothering Siobhan.
Paul Dooley Sleeps with the Fishes
5. Paul Dooley Sleeps with the Fishes
March 25, 2001
When Avril's ex husband arrives in town, Vincent fights to provide her some solace.
Spirit Proof
4. Spirit Proof
March 18, 2001
The ghost of an old highwayman returns to haunt the village when Dooley appropriates some ancient fishing rights originally granted to the pub. Meanwhile, Kathleen causes havoc as she learns to drive.
The Cat & Daddy G
3. The Cat & Daddy G
March 11, 2001
Grainne's pet goat suddenly becomes indispensable after meeting Avril's horse, The Cat.
Drink
2. Drink
March 4, 2001
Frankie stops Vincent for drunk-driving.
God.com
1. God.com
March 1, 2001
Vincent Sheahan, the new Australian priest arrives and plays detective when an on-line confessional gets out of control.
Description

The British drama series Ballykissangel takes place in a fictional village in Ireland bearing the same name as the television series itself. Ballykissangel ran for six seasons before being cancelled by the British network the BBC; the first three seasons told the story of an English Catholic priest called Father Peter Clifford. Although it featured the stories of everyday people in the village the series proved controversial as it centered on the possible romantic relationship between the priest and a woman from the village called Assumpta Fitzgerald.

For the first three seasons, which began in 1996 Ballykissangel starred Stephen Tompkinson as the English priest Father Clifford and Dervla Kirwin as assumptive Fitzgerald. One of the reasons used for cancelling the television show was that from the end of the third season through to the end of the sixth the cast underwent many changes that it was claimed confused some viewers. Both Tompkinson and Kirwin left the series at the climax of the thrid season after the character of Father Peter had professed his love for Assumpta.

In the fouth and fifth seasons Don Wycherley played Father Aiden O'Connell and Victoria Smurfit played Orla O'Connell; the pair left the series at the end of the fifth season and were replaced by the characters of Father Vincent Sheahan and OOnagh Dooley. The series was created by Kieran Prendiville and based upon the village of Ballykissane where Prendiville vacationed as a child.

The 65 episodes of Ballykissangel have been broadcast around the world, including the U.K., Australia and the U.S. The cancellation of Ballykissangel was not expected in 2001 as a seventh season had been written and the production planned; many of the actors in the show had been contracted to perform and filming scheduled to begin in 2001. Ballykissangel was filmed in the Irish region of County Wicklow.

Ballykissangel is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (62 episodes). The series first aired on September 26, 1999.

Where to Watch Ballykissangel

Ballykissangel is available for streaming on the BBC One website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ballykissangel on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.

  • Premiere Date
    September 26, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (1,422)