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Being Eileen. Image shows from L to R: Mandy Lewis (Julie Graham), Pete Lewis (Dean Andrews), Eileen Lewis (Sue Johnston), Ray Cooper (William Ash), Paula Cooper (Elizabeth Berrington). Copyright: BBC.

Being Eileen

BBC One comedy drama. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2011 - 2013. Stars Sue Johnston, Dean Andrews, Elizabeth Berrington, William Ash, Julie Graham, Adam Scotland, Ellis Murphy and others.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Homeless

Eileen and Paula are accosted by a homeless lad at the local shops. Eileen is horrified that there are people down on their luck in her local area and soon starts extending her hospitality.

Full synopsis

Eileen and Paula are accosted by a homeless lad at the local shops. Eileen is horrified that there are people down on their luck in her local area, and when she later meets another homeless man, Dave, she buys him a sandwich and invites him back to hers for a cup of tea.

Her hospitality quickly extends to a nice hot bath, an overnight stay and a complete overhaul of his wardrobe. Paula is horrified, thinking that this man is taking her mum for a ride, and family strife seems to be on the cards again...

Luckily for Eileen, both Paula and Ray are caught up in preparations for the imminent arrival of Mr Bunnington, the school rabbit, who's been sent to stay at their house in an attempt to cure Liam of his phobia of all things furry. Disaster strikes when the rabbit is kidnapped and held to ransom. Who can the Lewises turn to in this crisis, to rescue the rabbit and save the day?

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 11th February 2013
Time
10:35pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Sue Johnston Eileen Lewis
    Dean Andrews Pete Lewis
    Elizabeth Berrington Paula Cooper
    William Ash Ray Cooper
    Julie Graham Mandy Lewis
    Adam Scotland Jack Cooper
    Ellis Murphy Liam Cooper
    Georgia Doyle Melissa Lewis
    Connor Dempsey Ethan Lewis
    Guest cast
    Daniel Hayes Luke
    Pearce Quigley Dave
    Pauline Fleming Margie
    Will Travis Ken
    Rosina Carbone Miss Igoe
    Adam Stevens Keith
    Vicki Gates Pat
    Ozzie Yue Taxi Driver
    Writing team
    Michael Wynne Writer
    Ian Brown Script Editor
    James Hendrie Script Editor
    Production team
    Sue Tully Director
    Rosemary McGowan Producer
    Pete Thornton Executive Producer
    Mark Davies Editor
    Chris Truelove Production Designer
    Mark Thomas Composer

    Video

    Dave

    Eileen has taken in Dave, a homeless man. As he sets about fixing some lights, Pete, Mandy and the kids meet him for the first time.

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