Amber (TV series)
||This article possibly contains original research. (October 2013)|
|Created by||Rob Cawley
|Written by||Rob Cawley
|Directed by||Thaddeus O'Sullivan|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||RTÉ One|
|Original release||19 Jan 2014 – 22 Jan 2014|
Amber is an Irish crime drama series created by Rob Cawley and Paul Duane and directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan. The series stars Eva Birthistle and David Murray as parents of a young teenage girl who goes missing, Amber played by Lauryn Canny, it also stars Levi O'Sullivan as her younger brother. Amber was produced by Screenworks Ireland for RTÉ with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The series aired in Ireland on four consecutive nights (Sunday 19th to Wednesday 22 January 2014) on RTÉ One, however the series had aired in a number of countries prior to this. The series was produced in 2011.
The series is set in Dublin's suburbia in 2011 and surrounds the disappearance of 14-year-old, Amber Bailey.
- Eva Birthistle - Sarah Bailey, the mother of Amber and Eamon and estranged wife of Ben. Episode one is from her point of view.
- David Murray - Ben Bailey, the father of Amber and Eamon, estranged husband of Sarah and CEO of a security firm. Episode four is from his point of view.
- Justine Mitchell - Maeve Flynn-Dunne, best friend of Sarah and a newspaper reporter. Episode two is from her point of view.
- David Herlihy - Declan Conlon, friend of Ben and co-director of the same security firm. Begins dating Maeve in secret.
- Emily Nagle - Sgt. Karen Mulcahy, friend of Ben and Sarah and one of the main police officers involved in Amber's disappearance.
- Declan Conlon - D.I. Dunlop, friend of Ben and the lead inspector in Amber's disappearance.
- Lauryn Canny - Amber Bailey, 14-year-old artistic daughter of Sarah and Ben, disappears on her way home from the city.
- Levi O'Sullivan - Eamon Bailey, younger child of Sarah and Ben and the brother of Amber.
- Stella McCusker - Trish (4 episodes)
- Shauna Griffith - Jenny, best friend of Amber (4 episodes)
- Gary Whelan - Supt. Jack Stirrat (3 episodes)
- Laura Jane Laughlin - Cherry (3 episodes)
- Eleanor Methven - Margaret (3 episodes)
- Janice Byrne - Gemma (3 episodes)
- Eric Lalor - Bernard (3 episodes)
- Ned Dennehy - Terrence O'Donoghue, a prisoner who tells Maeve he has information pertaining to Amber's disappearance (2 episodes)
- Stephen Jones - Squeak (2 episodes)
- Dan Li - Charlie, a Chinese volunteer during Amber's disappearance, harbours a secret reason for volunteering, is also an illegal immigrant. Episode three is from his point of view(2 episodes)
- Vinny Murphy - Prison Officer Larry (2 episodes)
- Aenne Barr - Deirdre Costello (2 episodes)
- Andrew Mullan - Manga-Boy, Amber's secret boyfriend (2 episodes)
- Noel Gaskin - Man with Dog, was seen talking to Amber a day or so before her disappearance (2 episodes)
- Dierdre Donnelly - Maureen O'Donoghue, mother of Terrence, is ashamed of her son.
- Shashi Rami - Dev, Charlie's boss at the electronics store
- Jane McGrath - Natalie Costello
- Aidan Power - TV Presenter
- Craig Kenny - Milligan
- Gabriela Duane - Gabi
- Mirjana Rendulic - Jolanta, a Russian mail-order bride and escort who helps Ben with his investigation
- Michael Liebman - Martin
- Ronan Leahy - Mark
- Rob Cawley - Man in Bar
List of episodes
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Irish Viewers||Irish air date|
|1||"Sarah"||Thaddeus O'Sullivan||Rob Cawley||656,000||19 January 2014|
|2||"Maeve"||Thaddeus O'Sullivan||Rob Cawley & Gary Duggan||676,000||20 January 2014|
|3||"Charlie"||Thaddeus O'Sullivan||Rob Cawley & Gary Duggan||732,000||21 January 2014|
|4||"Ben"||Thaddeus O'Sullivan||Rob Cawley & Gary Duggan||779,000||22 January 2014|
The series has received mixed reviews from critics, but was critically panned for its conclusion, and numerous unanswered questions.
The series has already aired in a number of countries, including Australia, and aired on BBC Four in June 2014. The series is available on Netflix in some regions. Amber is distributed by Content Media Corporation.
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- "Drama of missing Irish teen is a worldwide hit". herald.ie. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "TV series 'Amber' stars Bray native". independent.ie. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Director happy with Amber conclusion". rte.ie. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.