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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.

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.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 18th 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
    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 Executive Producer
    David Cresswell (as David Creswell) Editor
    Chris Truelove Production Designer
    Mark Thomas Composer

    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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