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Series title card
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||58 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Conor Harrington
|Location(s)||Enniskerry and Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||11 February 1996– 15 April 2001|
Ballykissangel is a BBC television drama set in Ireland, produced in-house by BBC Northern Ireland. The original story revolved around a young English Roman Catholic priest as he became part of a rural community. It ran for six series, which were first broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2001. It aired in Ireland on RTÉ One and in Australia on ABC TV from 1996 to 2001. Reruns currently air on Drama in the United Kingdom and in the United States on some PBS affiliates.
Significant changes in the cast occurred between the third and fourth series and between the fifth and sixth series.
There was a surprised reaction from both the cast and press when it was announced that Ballykissangel was to end. Several articles at the time of the show's cancellation stated that a seventh series had been written and the cast were due to start filming in May 2001. Following the cancellation a seventh series was never put into production.
The name of the fictional village in which the show was set is derived from Ballykissane, a townland near Killorglin in County Kerry, where the show's creator, Kieran Prendiville, holidayed with his family as a child. The village's name in Irish is shown as "Baile Coisc Aingeal", which means "The town of the fallen angel" on the sign outside the post office.
|Series 1 (1996)||Series 2 (1997)||Series 3 (1997–1998)||Series 4 (1998)||Series 5 (1999)||Series 6 (2001)|
|Father Frank MacAnally||Niall Toibin|
|Father Peter Clifford||Stephen Tompkinson|
|Father Aidan O'Connell||Don Wycherley|
|Father Vincent Sheahan||Robert Taylor|
|Assumpta Fitzgerald||Dervla Kirwan|
|Niamh Quigley||Tina Kellegher|
|Orla O'Connell||Victoria Smurfit|
|Oonagh Dooley||Marion O'Dwyer|
|Ambrose Egan||Peter Hanly|
|Frankie Sullivan||Catherine Cusack|
The other villagers
|Donal Docherty||Frankie McCafferty|
|Liam Coghlan||Joe Savino|
|Siobhan Mehigan||Deirdre Donnelly|
|Brendan Kearney||Gary Whelan|
|Kathleen Hendley||Áine Ní Mhuirí|
|Brian Quigley||Tony Doyle|
|Dr Michael Ryan||Bosco Hogan|
|Eamon Byrne||Birdy Sweeney|
|Padraig O'Kelly||Peter Caffrey|
|Sean Dillon||Lorcan Cranitch|
|Emma Dillon||Kate McEnery|
|Danny Byrne||Colin Farrell|
|Paul Dooley||Owen Roe||Owen Roe|
|Dermot Dooley||Ciaran Owens|
|Grainne Dooley||Katie Cullen|
|Avril Burke||Susannah Doyle|
|Edso Dowling||Paul Ronan|
|Louis Dargan||Mick Lally|
|Kevin O'Kelly||John Cleere|
|Kieran Egan||Sam Farrar|
The programme ran for six series from 11 February 1996 to 15 April 2001. Almost all episodes were 50 minutes in duration.
All six series have been released in Region 1, 2 and 4. In 2010, four years after the release of series 5, series 6 was released on Region 2, along with a box set of series 1-6.
The ninth episode of series 3, "The Waiting Game", is omitted from the Region 2 series 3 DVD. This is not the case for Region 1 (North America) sets, which contain this episode.