Eyes Down. Ray (Paul O'Grady).

Eyes Down

BBC One sitcom about a bingo hall. 15 episodes (2 series), 2003 - 2004. Stars Paul O'Grady, Rosie Cavaliero, Sheridan Smith, Neil Fitzmaurice and others.

Series 1, Episode 5

Christine's home is burgled, and she decides to make a clean break and go to live with her sister - Martin is predictably distraught. Back in the hall, Ray gets a face peel with disastrous consequences.

Further details

Ray meets a contemporary from school who looks much younger than him - "I've had a face peel. You can get some great bargains. My wife's just had her tits done half price. Buy one, get one free".

Ray decides to have a face peel with disastrous results - "I've just paid a fortune on me face for it to pass for Phil Mitchell's arse. Collette Smith's just said I put her in mind of her sister. The one who's allergic to the 21st century. She's in a bubble. They have to roll her to the shops."

Eventually he is unable to call the numbers, so Bobby steps into the breach and becomes an overnight hit.

Christine is burgled and decides to go and live with her sister in Clacton. Has Martin left it too late to proclaim his love?

Sandy and Terry go and see an actual birth and come back shell-shocked. The only births they'd ever seen were on EastEnders and they were over in a matter of minutes! Can Mary reassure them that all will be well?


This episode is sometimes known as Face Peel.

Broadcast details

Friday 12th September 2003
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Paul O'Grady Ray
Rosie Cavaliero Christine
Sheridan Smith Sandy
Neil Fitzmaurice Bobby
Edna Doré Mary
Tony Maudsley Martin
Hazel Douglas Kathline
Margaret John Kay
Beatrice Kelley Kitty
Eugene Salleh Terry
Guest cast
Al T. Kossy (as Al Kossy) Jimmy
Sheila Vaughan Shaking Stevens
Matthew Delamere Kirk
Patricia McGowan Woman in Bingo Hall
Writing team
Angela Clarke Writer
Paul Mayhew-Archer Script Editor
Production team
Christine Gernon Director
Rosemary McGowan Producer
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer

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