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Directed by Robert Chetwyn THE IRISH R.M. is based on the stories of Somerville & Ross and tells of monocled Major Sinclair Yeats, played by Peter Bowles. An English army officer who resigns his commission to become a Resident Magistrate in the West of Ireland, Major Yeates finds himself living in a ramshackle old manor house surrounded by local community's colourful inhabitants. Major Yeats struggles with his new position which turns out to be at the mercy of the Irish.

Channel 4
3 Seasons, 18 Episodes
January 6, 1983
Comedy, Drama
7.9/10
Cast: Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray, Anna Manahan, Brendan Conroy
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  • An old friend's offer of a resident magistrate position in a more civilized location tempts Yeates.

  • A stern official from Dublin Castle observes Yeates' court conduct; Yeates finds Sally's horse hidden in the loft.

  • Yeates's day of hunting goes badly, and he soon decides to abandon a troublesome new car

  • Babs fondly reminisces about her old friend, Julian Chichester, who is coming to stay at Shreelane. But no sooner does Chichester arrive than he begins to scorn the Major's household, including a beloved canine. Flurry decides to teach Chichester a lesson or two with the canine as an unwitting accomplice.

  • The Major's sister, Babs, looks after him in Philippa's absence. Cousin Andrew also arrives to help and begins to fix everything in sight, including a crumbling chimney and a mysterious well. Cold water and strange spirits are unleashed as Andrew's enthusiasm goes a bit too far.

  • With Philippa gone to England to tend to her ailing mother, Major Yeates's problems multiply. A shifty entrepreneur brings moving pictures into Skebawn, create havoc that the Major must subdue while fending off the unwanted advances of Miss Bobby Bennell.

  • Trouble threatens when Flurry and Sally find out that Mrs. Knox wants to rent out their current home, Aussolas Castle, receiving a telegram from her informing them of the imminent arrival of a potential tenant from England.

  • Flurry has challenged a visiting Indian polo team to a match and sold an incorrigible young filly to John Cullinane. The Maharajah and his team are vastly better than the Skebawn team, and the whole game goes a bit pear-shaped when John Cullinane's filly goes nuts, topples a goal post, and disappears with a horde of spectators in tow.

  • Christmas Eve ends with the Yeates having an unfortunate carriage accident. An injured victim turns out to be Oweneen the Sprat, one of the villainous mountainy men who live in the hills. The Major's household is stricken with fear.

  • A ship with a full cargo of rum runs aground near Skebawn. The locals engage in drunken revelry as the barrels wash ashore. Of course, the subsequent police search reveals practically no signs of rum.

  • On the eve of the annual local regatta, family rivalries are aggravated when the Callaghans inform the police that the Foleys are planning a salmon poaching trip.

  • Flurry and Sally return from their honeymoon in Paris and Flurry is up to his old tricks again. He convinces Major Yeates to go on a hunting trip. Of course, Flurrys deceitfulness causes the Major to have an unfortunate accident, but Flurry gets just what he wants.

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