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Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 57 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One YorkshireLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Catholic priest Father Michael Kerrigan presides over a large parish on the outskirts of a major city in northern England, a well-respected figure throughout the local community.

Father Michael reaches out to a troubled parishioner, a single mother-of-three, who is badly struggling for money after a series of unfortunate events - but she rejects his attempts to help. The woman's mother then dies suddenly.

Father Michael has to cope with his own frail mother, living 60 miles away, and as he deals with the effects of his own harsh, working-class upbringing and reflects on the conflicts within society at large, he questions how much of an impact he can really have on the ever-evolving spiritual landscape of modern-day Britain. Show less


Father Michael Kerrigan:
Sean Bean
Christina Fitzsimmons:
Anna Friel
Lisa Fitzsimmons:
Macy Shackleton
Pauline Pickering:
Naomi Radcliffe
Young Michael's Mother:
Aoife McMahon
Father Michael Age 10:
Fin Campbell
Rosie Lunt (Nan):
Eileen Nicholas
Jimmy Fitzsimmons:
Dylan Naden
Tommy Fitzsimmons:
Gabriel Downes
Father Patrick:
Tony Guilfoyle
Father Michael Age 18:
Sam Rintoul
Christopher Kerrigan:
Rowe David McClelland
Joe Kerrigan:
Paul Copley
Eddie Kerrigan:
Steve Garti
Beth Kerrigan:
Vanessa Earl
Father Michael's Mother Present Day:
Aine Ni Mhuiri
Job Shop Woman:
Gail Kemp
Debra Michaels
Peter Piper
Football Manager:
Steve Evets
Cash Switchers Man:
Neil Bell
Dave Hart
Father Peter Flaherty:
Adrian Dunbar
Post Office Clerk:
Sarah Higgins
Ashley Pearce
Executive Producer:
Colin McKeown
Executive Producer:
Jimmy McGovern
Executive Producer:
Sean Bean
Colin McKeown
Donna Molloy


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