Ballylenon is a radio situation comedy set in a small village in County Donegal in Ireland in the 1950s. The six series totalling 30 half-hour episodes were originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 from 1994 until 1999. The series was written by Christopher Fitz‑Simon, and it starred T P McKenna, Stella McCusker and Margaret D'Arcy. A seventh and eighth series were broadcast in 2009 and 2010. Music arranged and performed by Stephanie Hughes (Michael Harrison in Series 7 and 8).

Ballylenon
GenreSitcom
Running time30 minutes
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Language(s)English
Home stationBBC Radio 4
SyndicatesBBC Radio 4 Extra
Starring
  • T P McKenna
  • Margaret D'Arcy
  • Stella McCusker
  • Aine McCartney
  • John Hewitt
  • Gerard Murphy
  • Roma Tomelty
  • Kevin Flood
AnnouncerCorrie Corfield
Written byChristopher Fitz-Simon
Directed by
  • Eoin O'Callaghan
  • Peter Kavanagh
Original release8 June 1994 (1994-06-08) – 2 March 2011 (2011-03-02)
No. of series8
No. of episodes42
Audio formatStereo
WebsiteProgramme website

CastEdit

Regular castEdit

  • Phonsie Doherty - T P McKenna (Series 1-6), Gerard Murphy (Series 7-8)
  • Muriel McConkey - Margaret D'Arcy
  • Vera McConkey - Stella McCusker
  • Vivienne Boal/Hawthorne - Aine McCartney
  • Stumpy Bonner - Gerard McSorley
  • Guard Bernie Gallagher - John Hewitt (Series 1-6), Frankie McCafferty (Series 7-8)
  • Rev Samuel Hawthorne - Gerard Murphy (Series 1-6), Miche Doherty (Series 7), Dermot Crowley (Series 8)

Recurring castEdit

  • Josie Doherty - Ciara McKeown (Series 3), Cathy White (Series 4 and 5), Ali White (Series 6)
  • Aubrey Frawley - Dominic Letts (Series 1), Matthew Addis (Series 7), Chris McHallem (Series 8)
  • Packy McGoldrick - Charlie Bonnar (Series 3 and 5), Tim Loane (Series 4)
  • Peg Sweeney - Anna Manahan, Marcella Riordan (Series 5)

Guest castEdit

  • Polly Acton - Joanna Munro
  • Terry Black - Mark Lambert
  • Mr Boylan - Derek Bailey
  • Consuela Dooley - Cathy Belton
  • Eamonn Doyle - Patrick Fitzsymons
  • Jonathan Ffrench O'Dowd - Wesley Murphy
  • Primrose Ffrench O'Dowd, Eithne Ni Phartalain - Marcella Riordan
  • Canon Friel, O'Brollachain - Kevin Flood
  • Mr Mawhinney - Harry Towb
  • Monsignor McFadden - Niall Cusack
  • Father O'Flatley - John Guiney
  • Daniel O’Searcaigh - James Greene
  • Bohunkus Smith - BJ Hogg
  • RL Watson - Roma Tomelty

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • Ballylenon at BBC Online  
  • Radio Times, Ballylenon, BBC Radio 4