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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 3 - Ay Carumba

Encouraged by a friend, Eileen decides to join a group of local widows for emotional support, but their obsession with who's dead, who's dying and who might possibly die in the near future only depresses her.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 18th February 2013
Time
10:35pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Ratings
2.1 million viewers (13.60% audience share)

Full synopsis

Encouraged by a friend, Eileen decides to join a group of local widows for emotional support, but their obsession with who's dead, who's dying and who might possibly die in the near future only depresses her.

Furthermore, any attempt to cheer the group up is met with fierce resistance from their leader, Maureen. Meanwhile, Paula decides to set up a class teaching the latest Brazilian dance craze, Ay Carumba. This could be the golden ticket for her and Ray to pay off their debts and retire early to somewhere sunny.

Much to Paula's horror, however, Mandy decides to set up her own rival class and a Brazilian stand off ensues. This potentially flammable situation could be defused by Pete, were he not off training 24 hours a day with Ethan, who has been identified by the Olympic legacy team as having a huge natural talent for Judo - or 'fighting' as the Lewises call it. Ethan has the chance to join the all-time sporting greats, if only he'd focus on his training and stop eating crisps.

Repeats

  1. Monday 25th February 2013 at 02.40 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
Kevin Harvey Mr Brown
Eileen O'Brien Rita
Ian Munzberger Carl
Debra Redcliffe Kim
Taylor Perry Ben
Conrad Nelson Olympic Coach
Sue Jenkins Maureen
Susan Twist Beedie
Phil Perez Carlos
Tanya Vital Lynda
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 Design
Mark Thomas Composer
David Creswell Editor

Videos

The Widows

Eileen joins a group of other local widows.

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Dance Class

Paula and Mandy both attend the same fitness class.

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