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The Precious Blood 

Rosie Williams is haunted by the murder of her husband 12 years previously. Her teenage son John is heading for a life of delinquency fuelled by revenge. Then, he meets Billy McVea, who runs a boxing gym, affecting all their lives.

Director:

John Woods

Writer:

Graham Reid
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Amanda Burton ... Rosie Willis
Kevin McNally ... Billy McVea
Michael Legge ... John Willis
Michelle Fairley ... Jean McBride
James Ellis James Ellis ... Albert McVea
Cara Kelly Cara Kelly ... Susan McVea
Margaret D'Arcy Margaret D'Arcy ... Alice McVea
Gavin Kennedy Gavin Kennedy ... Harold McVea
Marc O'Shea Marc O'Shea ... Midge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Brennan ... Mrs. Cowan
David Calvert David Calvert ... Tom Walsh
Jim Corry Jim Corry ... Police Constable
Gerard Crossan Gerard Crossan ... Detective Constable Galbraith
Bronagh Gallagher ... Sandra Williamson
Allan Gildea ... Paul Willis
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Rosie Williams is haunted by the murder of her husband 12 years previously. Her teenage son John is heading for a life of delinquency fuelled by revenge. Then, he meets Billy McVea, who runs a boxing gym, affecting all their lives.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Menneisyyden taakka See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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BBC wishes to thank TV-1 for co-operation, BBC kiittää TV1:tä yhteistyöstä See more »

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The Exquisite Pain of Love
1 March 2009 | by wooflydogSee all my reviews

I know of no other drama to equal this film for sheer intensity. The passion of the main characters is almost unbearable, rendered the more so by the brilliance of the acting and the fact that every facet of the story reflects only too truly the tragic reality of recent Northern Irish history. The personal, the spiritual, the social and political dimensions are perfectly interwoven to produce a dramatic masterpiece.

There is plenty of humour, and a fair bit of sub-plot, but the shocking twist towards the end is what really makes the film inspirational. If anyone needs to experience the difference between love and sentimentality, or to feel the outrage of hypocrisy and betrayal, this is the film. In view of the superficiality of modern taste, it's no wonder it's been buried !


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