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Dave Allen at Peace (2018)

Filmed in homage to his original TV series, this factual drama follows Dave Allen from childhood to becoming one of the UK and Ireland's comedy greats, with just a whiskey, a cigarette and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Ash ... Redcoat
Robert Bathurst ... Charles Curran
Richard Clements Richard Clements ... Martin
Joanne Crawford ... Jean Tynan-O'Mahony
Simon Day Simon Day ... Lew Grade
Richard Doubleday ... Tailor
Patrick FitzSymons ... Producer
Aidan Gillen ... Dave Allen
Sam Hardy ... John Tynan-O'Mahony aged 7
Miranda Hennessy ... Sketch Artist
Conleth Hill ... John Tynan-O'Mahony
Senan Jennings ... Dave Allen aged 5
Jonathan Jules ... Comedian
Daniel Kendrick Daniel Kendrick ... Kenny
Emma Little Lawless Emma Little Lawless ... Nun


Filmed in homage to his original TV series, this factual drama follows Dave Allen from childhood to becoming one of the UK and Ireland's comedy greats, with just a whiskey, a cigarette and nine-and-a-half fingers. Dave Allen is played by Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones). Written by Darlow Smithson Productions

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2 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Aidan Gillen and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo play Dave Allen at different ages. They previously played a father and son, Robert and Conor Lawlor, in Sing Street (2016). See more »


[Dave is talking to his dad just after the accident in which he lost the end of his finger]
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Stop your moaning. It's barely the fingernail.
John Tynan-O'Mahony: It's the whole end.
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: And do you need to scratch your arse and pick your nose at the same time?
[Dave chuckles]
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Mark my word, it'll be a great friend to you, that finger. A great friend.
John Tynan-O'Mahony: How?
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Well, you'll never be stuck for a story, will you?
John Tynan-O'Mahony: Yeah, but...
Gerard Tynan-O'Mahony: Not the *real* one, dunderhead! The ones you make up. What kind of an idiot chooses the truth over a good ...
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References Dave Allen at Large (1971) See more »

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Life on the clock
2 April 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I was a fan of Dave Allen's comedy. In the late 1980s when he did his stand up series for the BBC, he showed the up and coming generation of comics that he could still produce the goods.

Dave Allen was 'alternative' before the phrase was even coined. His target was the Catholic church. Just imagine if he was alive today what he would have made of the revelations of the church's misdeeds in Ireland over the past decades.

Well this drama reflected it on it. Young Dave being whacked by the nuns. It seems Dave had a comfortable lifestyle (bar going to a church school) in Ireland thanks to his father who worked in newspapers but then he died.

Dave with the help of his older brother got into comedy in Butlins. While his older brother became an alcoholic, Dave hit it big on the BBC.

Yet this was a curious drama, it recreated some sketches, you saw a bit of his stand up or should it be sit down comedy. You see a reflection of his childhood and a tender moment between the adult Dave and his brother as he once again tries to recover from his alcoholism. I did walk away knowing little about Dave Allen apart from why he picked on Catholicism, we never even find out how he lost his finger!

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