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Roddy Doyle's The Van2013122220131228

The third of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown series of novels, all to be dramatized by BBC Radio 4.

Jimmy Rabbitte is unemployed and at an all-time low. Even Ireland qualifying for the 1990 World Cup has not pulled him out of the doldrums, he needs money and fast. So when his best mate Bimbo buys a dilapidated "chipper" van and offers him the chance of a partnership, this might well be the opportunity Jimmy has been waiting for.

What could be better than working with your best mate?

Written by Roddy Doyle

Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien

Producer: Gemma McMullan

Director: Eoin O'Callaghan.

The Commitments2013121520131221

Jimmy Rabbite is on a mission - he wants to spread the gospel of soul to Dublin. Barrytown is about to become Motown as Jimmy decides to put a band together.

The first of Roddy Doyle's Barrytown series of novels, all to be dramatized by BBC Radio 4. Roddy Doyle's ground-breaking classic is the story of a working class Dublin band -The Commitments.

With Joey the Lips Fagan on trumpet, Billy The Animal Mooney on drums, Derek the Meatman Scully on bass, Dean Good Times Fay on sax, L. Terence Foster on guitar, James the Soul Surgeon Clifford on piano and - not forgetting the singers - Declan Blanketman Cuffe and The Commitmentettes, Sonya, Sofia and Tanya. This Dublin band are ready to bring some serious soul, the working man's rhythm, to Dublin's Northside.

Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien. Directed on location in Dublin by one of Ireland's finest filmmakers, Jim Sheridan (In the Name of The Father, In America, My Left Foot, The Field.)

The young cast is comprised of a new generation of talented young Irish actors and the music is by the emerging Dublin band, The Riptide Movement.

THE BAND

Guitar - JP Dalton

Bass - Gerard McGarry

Drums - Garrett Byrne

Sax - Ciaran Sutton

Trumpet - Robert Grant

Piano - Enda Collins

Written by Roddy Doyle

Dramatised by Eugene O'Brien

Producer: Gemma McMullan

Director: Jim Sheridan.

The Guts20140426

The Guts2014042620150509 (R4)

Twenty six years on and we are back in Dublin with Jimmy Rabbitte, the ex-manager of The Commitments. Jimmy is now 47, married to Aoife and has 4 kids. Life has been rather good since we last met him, keeping a foot in the music industry and doing well during the boom. However, life is about to change for them all as Jimmy has just discovered he is ill. This is a story about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life and maybe, just maybe, realising you can still live the dream.

Going To Hell was performed by More Than Conquerors.

Adapted by Peter Sheridan

Producer: Gemma McMullan

Directed by: Eoin O'Callaghan.

The Guts20140426

The Guts20140426

Twenty six years on and we are back in Dublin with Jimmy Rabbitte, the ex-manager of The Commitments. Jimmy is now 47, married to Aoife and has 4 kids. Life has been rather good since we last met him, keeping a foot in the music industry and doing well during the boom. However, life is about to change for them all as Jimmy has just discovered he is ill. This is a story about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life and maybe, just maybe, realising you can still live the dream.

Going To Hell was performed by More Than Conquerors.

Adapted by Peter Sheridan

Producer: Gemma McMullan

Directed by: Eoin O'Callaghan.

The Guts20140426

Twenty six years on and we are back in Dublin with Jimmy Rabbitte, the ex-manager of The Commitments. Jimmy is now 47, married to Aoife and has 4 kids. Life has been rather good since we last met him, keeping a foot in the music industry and doing well during the boom. However, life is about to change for them all as Jimmy has just discovered he is ill. This is a story about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life and maybe, just maybe, realising you can still live the dream.

Going To Hell was performed by More Than Conquerors.

Adapted by Peter Sheridan

Producer: Gemma McMullan

Directed by: Eoin O'Callaghan.