Amber (TV series)

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Amber
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Genre
Created by
Written by
Directed byThaddeus O'Sullivan
Starring
Composer(s)Leon O'Neill
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Paul Donovan
Production location(s)Dublin, Ireland
CinematographyPeter Robertson
Editor(s)Tony Cranstoun
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • RTÉ
  • Screenworks Ireland
DistributorContent Media
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9 (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 19 (2014-01-19) –
January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)
External links
Website

Amber is an Irish television crime drama series, created by Rob Cawley and Paul Duane and directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, that broadcast across four consecutive nights on RTÉ One from 19 to 22 January 2014.[1] The series stars Eva Birthistle and David Murray as parents of a young teenage girl, Amber Bailey (Lauryn Canny), who disappears after being dropped off by her father at a friends' house in Dublin.[2]

Amber was produced by Screenworks Ireland for RTÉ, with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The series was produced in 2011,[3] and following a distribution deal with Content Media Corporation, the series broadcast in Denmark, Sweden, Israel, Latin America, Brazil, Canada and Australia before premiering in its native country.[3]

The series broadcast on BBC Four in the UK in June 2014, airing on Fridays in a graveyard slot.[4] The series is also available on Netflix in some regions,[3] and is available to stream on Amazon Video in the UK.[5] A Region 2 DVD was issued via Arrow Films on June 30, 2014.[6] The series has received mixed reviews from critics, and currently holds an aggregate score of 6.1/10 on IMDB.[1]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Eva Birthistle as Sarah Bailey; mother of Amber and Eamon and estranged wife of Ben[1]
  • David Murray as Ben Bailey; father of Amber and Eamon, estranged husband of Sarah and CEO of a security firm[1]
  • Justine Mitchell as Maeve Flynn-Dunne; best friend of Sarah and a newspaper reporter[1]
  • David Herlihy as Declan McCarthy; friend of Ben and co-director of the same security firm[1]
  • Emily Nagle as Sgt. Karen Mulcahy; friend of Ben and Sarah and one of the police officers investigating Amber's disappearance[1]
  • Declan Conlon as D.I. Rob Dunlop; friend of Ben and the lead inspector investigating Amber's disappearance[1]
  • Lauryn Canny as Amber Bailey; 14-year-old artistic daughter of Sarah and Ben, who disappears on her way home from the city[1]
  • Levi O'Sullivan as Eamon Bailey; youngest child of Sarah and Ben, and Amber's brother[1]
  • Gary Whelan as Supt. Jack Stirrat; commanding officer overseeing the investigation into Amber's disappearance[1]
  • Ned Dennehy as Terrence O'Donoghue; a prisoner who tells Maeve he has information pertaining to Amber's disappearance[1]
  • Dan Li as Charlie; an illegal immigrant from China who volunteers to help search for Amber[1]
  • Noel Gaskin as 'Dog Man'; an unidentified perp seen talking to Amber a day or so before her disappearance[1]
  • Shauna Griffith as Jenny; Amber's best friend[1]
  • Andrew Mullan as Manga-Boy; Amber's secret boyfriend[1]

Supporting[edit]

  • Stella McCusker as Trish
  • Laura Jane Laughlin as Cherry
  • Eleanor Methven as Margaret
  • Janice Byrne as Gemma
  • Eric Lalor as Bernard
  • Stephen Jones as Squeak
  • Vinny Murphy as Larry
  • Aenne Barr as Deirdre Costello
  • Jane McGrath as Natalie Costello
  • Deirdre Donnelly as Maureen O'Donoghue
  • Shashi Rami as Dev
  • Craig Kenny as Milligan
  • Gabriela Duane as Gabi
  • Mirjana Rendulic as Jolanta
  • Michael Liebman as Martin
  • Ronan Leahy as Mark

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Irish Viewers (millions)[7] Airdate
1"Sarah"Thaddeus O'SullivanRob Cawley0.6519 January 2014 (2014-01-19)
6 June 2014 (2014-06-06) (UK)
Fourteen-year-old Amber is dropped off by her dad near a friend's house in the suburbs of Dublin, but she never turns up there. She just disappears.[8]
2"Maeve"Thaddeus O'SullivanRob Cawley & Gary Duggan0.6720 January 2014 (2014-01-20)
13 June 2014 (2014-06-13) (UK)
As the investigation into Amber's whereabouts continues, Maeve is contacted by a prisoner who claims to have new information to share about the 14-year-old's disappearance. After extorting 10,000 euros, he directs police to an old grave of a woman in her 20s and hangs himself.[8]
3"Charlie"Thaddeus O'SullivanRob Cawley & Gary Duggan0.7321 January 2014 (2014-01-21)
20 June 2014 (2014-06-20) (UK)
DI Dunlop and Sgt Mulachy begin their investigation into Amber's disappearance under the impression that her mobile phone, so far unaccounted for, holds the key to solving the mystery. The inquiry gathers pace as Charlie, an illegal immigrant, discovers the device.[8]
4"Ben"Thaddeus O'SullivanRob Cawley & Gary Duggan0.7722 January 2014 (2014-01-22)
27 June 2014 (2014-06-27) (UK)
The two-year search for Amber begins to take its toll on Ben, and he becomes convinced that his daughter had been befriended by an online predator leading up to her disappearance.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Amber (TV Series 2014–)". imdb.com. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  2. ^ "TV series 'Amber' stars Bray native". independent.ie. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Drama of missing Irish teen is a worldwide hit". herald.ie. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ "BBC Four - Amber". BBC. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Amazon - Watch Amber Season 1". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Amber - The Complete Series [DVD]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Director happy with Amber conclusion". rte.ie. 23 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d "Amber - Series and Episode Guide". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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