Ballykissangel Information

Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2001. It aired in Ireland on RT"? One and in Australia on ABC TV from 1996 to 2001. Reruns currently air on Yesterday in the United Kingdom and in the United States on some PBS affiliates.

Significant changes in the cast occurred between the third and fourth series and between the fifth and sixth series.

There was a surprised reaction from both the cast and press when it was announced that Ballykissangel was to end. Several articles at the time of the show's cancellation stated that a seventh series had been written and the cast were due to start filming in May 2001. Following the cancellation a seventh series was never put into production.

The name of the fictional village in which the show was set is derived from Ballykissane, a townland near Killorglin in County Kerry, where the show's creator, Kieran Prendiville, holidayed with his family as a child. The village's name in Irish is shown as "Baile Coisc Aingeal", which means "The town of the fallen angel" on the sign outside the post office.

The show was filmed in Avoca and Enniskerry in County Wicklow.


Character Series
Series 1 (1996) Series 2 (1997) Series 3 (1997"1998) Series 4 (1998) Series 5 (1999) Series 6 (2001)

The clergy

Father Frank MacAnally Niall Toibin
Father Peter Clifford Stephen Tompkinson
Father Aidan O'Connell Don Wycherley
Father Vincent Sheahan Robert Taylor

Landladies/bar staff

Assumpta Fitzgerald Dervla Kirwan
Niamh Quigley Tina Kellegher
Orla O'Connell Victoria Smurfit
Oonagh Dooley Marion O'Dwyer


Ambrose Egan Peter Hanly
Frankie Sullivan Catherine Cusack

The other villagers

Donal Docherty Frankie McCafferty
Liam Coghlan Joe Savino
Siobhan Mehigan Deirdre Donnelly
Brendan Kearney Gary Whelan
Kathleen Hendley Áine Ní Mhuirí
Brian Quigley Tony Doyle
Dr Michael Ryan Bosco Hogan
Eamon Byrne Birdy Sweeney
Padraig O'Kelly Peter Caffrey
Sean Dillon Lorcan Cranitch
Emma Dillon Kate McEnery
Danny Byrne Colin Farrell
Paul Dooley Owen Roe Owen Roe
Dermot Dooley Ciaran Owens
Grainne Dooley Katie Cullen
Avril Burke Susannah Doyle
Edso Dowling Paul Ronan
Louis Dargan Mick Lally
Kevin O'Kelly John Cleere
Kieran Egan Sam Farrar


See List of Ballykissangel episodes for more information The programme ran for six series from 11 February 1996 to 15 April 2001. Almost all episodes were 50 minutes in duration.

DVD release

All six series have been released in Region 1, 2 and 4. In 2010, four years after the release of series 5, series 6 was released on Region 2, along with a box set of series 1-6.

The ninth episode of series 3, "The Waiting Game", is omitted from the Region 2 series 3 DVD. This is not the case for Region 1 (North America) sets, which contain this episode.

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