The Crow Road (TV series)

The Crow Road is a four-part television miniseries by BBC Scotland in 1996, based faithfully on the novel by Scottish novelist Iain Banks. It was directed by Gavin Millar.[1]

The Crow Road
Based onThe Crow Road by Iain Banks
Written byBryan Elsley
Directed byGavin Millar
StarringJoe McFadden
Bill Paterson
Peter Capaldi
Valerie Edmond
Dougray Scott
Composer(s)Colin Towns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Andrea Calderwood
Kevin Loader
Franc Roddam
Producer(s)Bradley Adams
Production location(s)Ardkinglas House, Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, United Kingdom
Running time58 min
Production company(s)Union Pictures
Original networkBBC Scotland
Picture format14:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 November (1996-11-04) –
25 November 1996 (1996-11-25)


The cast includes Joseph McFadden as Prentice McHoan, Bill Paterson as his father, Dougray Scott as his older brother (another, younger brother in the novel has been written out here) and Peter Capaldi as his missing uncle Rory, who via a narrative device employed in the adaptation, visits the thoughtful Prentice when he is alone.[2] The production was nominated as Best Drama Serial at the 1997 British Academy Television Awards. Following the success of this TV serial, the same team went on to adapt Banks's Complicity as a feature film.[3]


Episode listEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Prentice"Gavin MillarBryan Elsley4 November 1996 (1996-11-04)
Prentice returns home from university for his grandmother's funeral where he meets old friends and relatives. He takes it upon himself to find out more about his uncle Rory's disappearance six years ago.
2"Kenneth"Gavin MillarBryan Elsley11 November 1996 (1996-11-11)
After drunkenly making a fool of himself at his Uncle Fergus' New Year's Eve party, Prentice has a talk with his father. His father sheds a little light on Rory's disappearance, but the father and son relationship sours once again.
3"Fergus"Gavin MillarBryan Elsley18 November 1996 (1996-11-18)
Prentice learns more about the past when he finds old floppy disks containing portions of the book Rory was writing. Meanwhile, Rory continues to haunt him whenever he's alone.
4"Rory"Gavin MillarBryan Elsley25 November 1996 (1996-11-25)
Prentice gradually begins to close on the truth behind Rory's disappearance. But will his discovery only sour his feelings for his beloved uncle?


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