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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 6 - Birthday

Paula and Ray have spent weeks preparing for Liam's pirate-themed birthday, but all is ruined when Paula drills through a water pipe while hanging up a porthole. They decamp to Eileen's house but things run far from smoothly.

Further details

Paula and Ray have spent weeks preparing for Liam's pirate-themed birthday, but all is ruined when Paula drills through a water pipe while hanging up a porthole. They decamp to Eileen's house and promise to downsize their party ambitions, but Ray still brings his homemade multi-story pirate ship, which takes over the entire garden and is probably visible from space.

Paula becomes increasingly hysterical, and freaks out completely when she realises that her watch has stopped and she's nowhere near ready for the guests to arrive. Eileen has to sedate her with a tot of whiskey, which has mixed results.

Meanwhile, Mandy is hardly in the party mood as she's suffering from a particularly virulent bug, while Ray is all dressed up to welcome his parents, who've never actually made it to one of the kids' parties before - and Eileen has a surprise visitor from their last Christmas holiday in Lapland...

Notes

In this episode, Eileen O'Brien was credited as Maureen O'Brien.

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 11th March 2013
Time
10:35pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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
Keith Barron Maurice
Adam Stevens Keith
Eileen O'Brien Rita
Sue Jenkins Maureen
Susan Twist Beedie
Rachel McGuiness Angela
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

Videos

Pirate Party

Ray scares Liam in his pirate costume and Mandy worries that she might be pregnant.

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Carrot Cake

Eileen's friends decide to help out with Liam's birthday preparations.

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