The political and personal life of Irish politician Charlie Haughey during his tenure as Taoiseach of Ireland (1979-1981, 1982, 1987-1992).




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Series cast summary:
Aidan Gillen ...  Charles J Haughey 3 episodes, 2015
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor ...  P.J. Mara 3 episodes, 2015
Lucy Cohu ...  Terry Keane 3 episodes, 2015
Risteard Cooper Risteard Cooper ...  Dermot Nally 3 episodes, 2015
Peter O'Meara ...  Brian Lenihan / ... 3 episodes, 2015
Gavin O'Connor ...  Sean Doherty 3 episodes, 2015
Frances Tomelty ...  Sarah Haughey 3 episodes, 2015
Fergal McElherron Fergal McElherron ...  Albert Reynolds 3 episodes, 2015
Marcus Lamb Marcus Lamb ...  Des O'Malley 3 episodes, 2015
Padraic McIntyre Padraic McIntyre ...  T.D. (No. 7) / ... 3 episodes, 2015
John Connors John Connors ...  Jimmy 3 episodes, 2015
Fionna Hewitt-Twamley Fionna Hewitt-Twamley ...  Philomena 3 episodes, 2015
Seán T. Ó Meallaigh ...  John McMeely 3 episodes, 2015
Frankie McCafferty ...  Des Traynor 3 episodes, 2015
Peter Gowen ...  George Colley 2 episodes, 2015
Greg Hicks ...  François Mitterand 2 episodes, 2015
Sinead Watters Sinead Watters ...  Jacinta 2 episodes, 2015
Gus McDonagh Gus McDonagh ...  Bertie Ahern 2 episodes, 2015
Andrew Stanley Andrew Stanley ...  Patrick Gallagher 2 episodes, 2015
Edward MacLiam ...  Ray MacSharry 2 episodes, 2015
Conor Lovett ...  Jim Tunney 2 episodes, 2015
Rory Nolan Rory Nolan ...  Charlie McCreevy 2 episodes, 2015
Jody O'Neill Jody O'Neill ...  Geraldine Kennedy 2 episodes, 2015
David Herlihy David Herlihy ...  Ray Burke 2 episodes, 2015
Fintan Phelan Fintan Phelan ...  T.D. 2 episodes, 2015


The political and personal life of Irish politician Charlie Haughey during his tenure as Taoiseach of Ireland (1979-1981, 1982, 1987-1992).

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The emergence of modern Ireland through the mesmeric figure of Charles J Haughey and his pursuit of power, wealth and glamour.


Biography | Drama







Release Date:

2014 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Charlie See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »


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€4,500,000 (estimated)
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A Historical Drama so you need to know your history
4 January 2015 | by slydon13See all my reviews

This is a historical drama about the central figure of Irish politics in the 80s. Charles J. Haughey is almost as much a creation of the myth he wove, as the the Scrap Saturday sketches and Vincent Browne re-enactments that followed.

Episode 1 begins as CJH / The Boss take control of the largest political party and thus the government. The actors (who are drawn from the cast of Love Hate) are extremely well cast and the make up is outstanding. Gillens hair and nose are strangely uncanny and his voice was spot on.

The scary thing about the story is that it isn't exaggerated, which is perhaps why in life, CJH lent himself to comedy writers so easily.

Unfortunately - if you don't know about (1) the arms trial (2) George Colley (3) the 1977 political manifesto of Fianna Fail (4) the republican agenda of the time, the viewer will be lost.

Three hours is barely enough time for the basics and there is no time to educate those who know nothing about recent Irish history. Indeed, often key figures (Sheila Dev for example) are referenced with a headline only.

I kept hearing the Jim Reeve's song 'He'll have to Go' until 'Rise and Follow Charlie' was played and I remembered how that song rang in the air for a full summer of my childhood.

I can't wait for the two episodes to follow. Its a disappointment that it can't be a 10 part series but given the limited market for this, the rumored budget of €4 m was plenty.

A triumph of Irish drama.

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