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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 4 - Monopoly

Eileen comes across an old 'Teach Yourself Spanish' tape and decides that, in keeping with her new philosophy on life, it's never too late to try something new.

Full synopsis

Eileen comes across an old 'Teach Yourself Spanish' tape and decides that, in keeping with her new philosophy on life, it's never too late to try something new.

However, Eileen's studies are interrupted by Paula, Ray and the kids, who arrive in search of the old family Monopoly board, which is stashed somewhere in Eileen's chaotic attic. Ray needs the instructions to complete his own copy of the game, which is in perfect condition, having never been played with, and has recently fetched big money on eBay.

Soon the entire contents of the attic are out on the upstairs landing and the situation further deteriorates when Mandy, Pete, Ethan and Melissa arrive with Mandy planning on using Eileen's freezer as a base from which to sell some dodgy food she's picked up from work.

It's hardly the perfect environment for Eileen to concentrate on her Spanish, and it's not long before she's forced to use other, stronger language to restore order.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 25th 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
    Derek Barr Derek
    Susan Cormack Barb
    Emma Heron Carol
    Justin Edwards Language Tape (Voice)
    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

    Videos

    In the Attic

    Eileen decides to learn Spanish and Ray wants to find an old board game in Eileen's attic.

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    Crushed Ambitions

    Paula and Pete reminisce about the past and Melissa wants singing and ice-skating lessons.

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