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Barry Devlin’s ‘My Mother and Other Strangers’, Starts Tonight RTÉ One
08 Nov 2016 : Laura Brennan
The semi-biographical five part drama series ‘My Mother And Other Strangers’ focuses on the happenings on a US airbase in Northern Ireland in 1943.

The semi-biographical five-part drama series ‘My Mother And Other Strangers’ focuses on the happenings on a US airbase in Northern Ireland in 1943.

Written by Barry Devlin and set during World War Two, ‘My Mother And Other Strangers’ follows the fortunes of a rural family, the Coynes, and their neighbours in the village of Moybeg on the shores of Lough Neagh in County Tyrone, as they struggle to maintain a normal life after a huge USAAF airfield lands in the middle of their rural parish in 1943.

At the heart of the series is an ongoing love story that enfolds Rose (Hattie Morahan) and her husband Michael Coyne in a dangerous love triangle with a handsome and charming USAAF liaison officer, Captain Dreyfuss. Owen McDonnell (Single-Handed) plays Michael and Aaron Staton (Mad Men) plays Captain Dreyfuss. Meanwhile, the Coyne’s children, 16-year-old Emma (Eileen O’Higgins, Brooklyn), Francis, 10, and Kate, seven, have no idea of the strains under which their parents’ marriage creaks.

Also starring in the drama is Des McAleer (Hunger), Seamus O’Hara (6 Degrees) and Ryan McParland (The Survivalist) as the neighbouring Hanlon family, whose frustration at being displaced from their family home by the airfield is well vented. Kerr Logan (Game Of Thrones) plays Failey, local fisherman and boyfriend to Sally Quinn (Fiona O’Shaugnessy, Utopia) who, along with her brother Barney (Gavin Drea, What Richard Did), works on the Coyne’s farm. Charles Lawson (Coronation Street) plays the Parish doctor, Dr Black.

Writer Barry Devlin whose other credits include ‘Ballykissangel’, ‘A Man Of No Importance’ and ‘Darling Buds of May’ said, “I wanted to write a series that had an exotic love story at its heart but that was set in a place I recognise.. It's really great to be part of a story about Northern Ireland that is entirely originated and filmed here.”

Writer Barry Devlin, might be a familiar face to Irish music fans as he is also a well known member of Irish rockers Horslips.  

My Mother And Other Strangers’, is the first drama commission to be announced since the publication of the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen Partnership Agreement in March 2015. It is also co-funded by RTÉ.

My Mother and Other Strangers starts tonight on RTÉ One at 10.15pm.

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