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Screen Two: Priest


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An award-winning drama starring Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson
A vivid and uncompromising journey into the soul of a tortured Catholic priest as he struggles with his own sexuality, his vow of celibacy and the confidentiality of the confessional.
Father Greg arrives at a Liverpool parish to work with Father Matthew Thomas and wage war against sin and poverty. But Greg's homosexual affair with Graham leaves him racked with guilt. This feeling intensifies when he hears a terrible secret in the confessional box and is powerless to do anything about it.
Written by Jimmy McGovern (Cracker), Priest won awards at Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin. It was directed by Antonia Bird, herself an award-winner for her 1993 film Safe.
(Stereo) (Subtitled)
See Films: pages 71-76
See Polly Toynbee: page 14


Writer: Jimmy McGovern
Director: Antonia Bird
Father Greg Pilkington: Linus Roache
Father Matthew Thomas: Tom Wilkinson
Graham: Robert Carlyle
Maria Kerrigan: Cathy Tyson
Father Ellerton: James Ellis
Mrs Unsworth: Lesley Sharp
Mr Unsworth: Robert Pugh
Lisa Unsworth: Christine Tremarco
Charlie: Paul Barber
Bishop: Rio Fanning
Ellie Molloy: Gilly Coman
Patrick: Fred Pearson
Micky Molloy: Jimmy Gallagher
Tommy: Tony Booth
Father Redstone: John Bennett
Mrs Gobshite: Kim Johnson
Mr Gobshite: Keith Cole
Bobby: Bobby Martino
Sister Kevin: Valerie Lilley
Funeral director: Jimmy Coleman
Charge sergeant: Michael Ananins
Reporter: Mickey Poppins
Jehovah's Witness: Adrian Luty
Altar boy: Bill Dean
Housekeeper: Matyelok Gibbs
Tommy's child: Charley Wilde
Tommy's child: Euan Blair
Nurse: Marsha Thomason
Girl in confessional: Victoria Arnold
Man in lift: Guiseppe Murphy

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