Ballykissangel (1996–2001)

The Waiting Game 

The whole town gets very anxious as they wait for the anonymous lottery winner in Ballykissangel to claim their prize. Ambrose goes undercover at a pub in Cilldargan.


Tom Cotter


Kieran Prendiville (creator), Ted Gannon


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Doyle ... Brian Quigley
Niall Toibin ... Father MacAnally
Peter Hanly ... Ambrose Egan
Tina Kellegher ... Niamh Egan
Joe Savino ... Liam Coghlan
Frankie McCafferty ... Donal Docherty
Peter Caffrey Peter Caffrey ... Padraig O'Kelly
Deirdre Donnelly Deirdre Donnelly ... Siobhan Mehigan
Gary Whelan ... Brendan Kearney
Birdy Sweeney Birdy Sweeney ... Eamon Byrne
Bosco Hogan ... Dr. Michael Ryan
Áine Ní Mhuirí Áine Ní Mhuirí ... Kathleen Hendley (as Áine Ní Mhúirí)
John Cleere John Cleere ... Kevin O'Kelly
Liam Carney Liam Carney ... Johnner Delaney
Ned Dennehy ... Hairy Head


The whole is atwitter when it's announced on the radio news that the £6 million lotto was won by a ticket sold in Kathleen Hendley's mini-mart. Dozens of people show up at her store hoping the lucky purchaser will show up. They all end up in pub which Niamh opens early - much to husband Gard Egan's disapproval - but as the day drags on, they soon realize that the lucky winner wishes to remain anonymous. They soon start spying on one another looking for any awkward responses or unconventional behavior that might give the lucky winner away. Father McAnally, who has even received calls from the Bishop on the matter, is disgusted by it all and has some interesting things to say in his Sunday sermon. Ambrose is asked by Supt. Foley to go undercover at a pub in Cilldargan where they believe drugs are being sold. In his first attempt, his dress and limited knowledge of music has him sticking out like a sore thumb. He quickly adjusts and performs well. He also learns something about baby ... Written by garykmcd

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19 April 1998 (UK) See more »

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During the scenes featuring Liam and Donal's surveillance in the bushes and Church, the music score changes to a playful clear reference to the "Mission Impossible" main title theme by Lalo Schifrin. See more »


[first lines]
Newsreader: Good morning, and here is the news. The EU finance ministers are meeting in London today to agree details of monetary union. The most ambitious European space project ever is to be launched today. And the winning ticket in last night's six million pound lottery was sold in the mini-market in Ballykissangel.
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References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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