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 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

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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
    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
    Mark Davies Editor
    Chris Truelove Production Designer
    Mark Thomas Composer

    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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