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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
Ratings
2.55 million viewers (17.10% audience share)

Repeats

  1. Monday 18th February 2013 at 2:00am on BBC2

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 Exec Producer
Chris Truelove Production Designer
Mark Thomas Composer
Mark Davies Editor

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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