(2002) Dir. Kieron J Walsh
Brendan is out of touch. In school, his pupils ignore him and his fellow teachers give him a wide berth. His enthusiasm for old movies borders on obsession and even his love of music doesn’t help him to connect with the world. Then one night, over his lonely pint of Guinness, he meets Trudy. Beautiful, extrovert and fast-talking, she drags him out of his black-and-white dreams into a full colour world. But what Brendan could never guess is that it’s not just his heart she’s breaking and entering…
(1999) – RTÉ. Dir Kieron J Walsh
Hell For Leather was commissioned by RTÉ as part of a series of half-hour, two-hander, single location plays by six leading contemporary Irish writers.
A Catholic single mother and a Protestant career woman meet at the funeral of a priest only to discover there was more to the deceased than they realised.
(1994) – four-part series for BBC Dir Michael Winterbottom
Family is set in much the same working-class milieu Doyle portrayed in his Barrytown Trilogy, but its tone is much harsher. This four-part serial was written for the BBC and was aired in England and Ireland to great acclaim, attention, and controversy over its handling of the topic of domestic abuse. The overall story is the break-up of a family, the parents separating and the effect on the family dynamic.