Written by acclaimed novelist Roddy Doyle and as well as directed by Michael Winterbottom, Family is a searing television drama that aired on BBC One and also RTÉ One in . Produced by available at BBC shop, Family is a compelling, characteristically no-frills look at life in an Irish suburb, where Charlo Spencers violent behaviour, infidelities as well as criminal activities are pushing his wife and also youngsters to breaking point. The original transmission was a watershed moment in Irish TV history, leading to an outcry as well as national debate approximately domestic violence. Family centres on the Spencers, a family living in a Dublin housing project. Charlo, played by Seán McGinley, is the abusive and also cheating husband of Paula, played by Ger Ryan. They have 4 of children: teenagers John Paul and also Nicola, and as well as younger tots Leanne and as well as Jack. Told over 4 episodes, each single devoted to a different family member, this series provides an often harrowing picture of Irish working class life in the s. The first episode focuses on Charlo; the abusive, alcoholic father as well as husband who ensures his living as a small-time crook. Episode 2 of takes up the story of rebellious teenager, John Paul, just as hes starting secondary school. The third instalment tells the story from the perspective of Nicola, who works in a clothing factory as well as has a particularly strained relationship with her father. In the fourth and as well as final portion we meet the emotionally as well as physically battered matriarch, Paula, who reclaims her identity by throwing Charlo out of the house as well as getting a job.
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