Gallowglass (miniseries)

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Genre Drama
Directed by Tim Fywell
Produced by BBC
Written by Ruth Rendell (writer)
Jacqueline Holborough (screenplay)
Starring Michael Sheen
Paul Rhys
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Original channel BBC2
Original run 10 January 1993 (1993-01-10) – 24 January 1993 (1993-01-24)
Running time 157 minutes
No. of episodes 3

Gallowglass is a British television mini-series adaptation of the Ruth Rendell novel of the same name. It is an emotional story of obsessive love, lust and fear.


Joe (Sheen) is saved by Sandor (Rhys), from committing suicide in front of an oncoming tube train. Sandor now demands his absolute loyalty and teaches Joe that he is now a 'gallowglass', a servant of a chief. So deep is Joe's gratitude that he helps with the kidnapping of a young wealthy married woman, Nina (Whitely), that Sandor is obsessed with. His adoptive sister Tilly is also involved in the plot, which also involves the abduction of the daughter of Nina's bodyguard.

Nina and the child are both released when the ransom is paid, and soon after this Sandor jumps to his death into the path of a train as Joe watches. Nina is then lured to her death by Gianni, a former gay partner of Sandor, and her body is found buried in woodland a few days later. Sandor's mother, who had no other children, then accepts Joe as her second son, and he begins a relationship with Tilly.



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