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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.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 25th February 2013
Time
10:35pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Ratings
2.12 million viewers (15.00% audience share)

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.

Repeats

  1. Monday 25th February 2013 at 23.05 on BBC1 Wales
  2. Monday 4th March 2013 at 02.45 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
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 Exec Producer
Chris Truelove Production Designer
Mark Thomas Composer
Mark Davies Editor

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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