My Mother and Other Strangers

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My Mother and Other Strangers
Written byBarry Devlin
Production location(s)Northern Ireland
Original networkBBC Northern Ireland
Original releaseJune 18, 2017 (2017-06-18)

My Mother and Other Strangers is a 2016 British television drama series, written by Barry Devlin, made by BBC Northern Ireland with funding from Northern Ireland Screen.[1] The story is set in 1943 during World War II, in a small village in Northern Ireland.

Commissioning of the first series of five 60-minute episodes for BBC One was announced in May 2015.[2] The series began airing on the PBS network in the U.S. in June 2017, as part of PBS' Masterpiece series.[3]


My Mother and Other Strangers is set in 1943 during the Second World War in the fictional village of Moybeg, on the shores of Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland. The series centres on the Coyne family and their neighbours, as they come to terms with the influx of thousands of American servicemen of the USAAF Eighth Air Force into their small, rural community.[2] The writer, Barry Devlin, who himself grew up in the small village of Ardboe on the shores of Lough Neagh, stated that he wanted to create an "exotic love story" set in the familiar surroundings of a place he recognised.[2]

Characters and actors[edit]

The series has at its core the Coyne family, consisting of Rose Coyne (Hattie Morahan), Michael Coyne (Owen McDonnell) and the Coynes' three children, sixteen-year-old Emma (Eileen O’Higgins), Francis, ten, and Kate, seven.[1][4]

Also central to the developing story across the five episodes is Captain Dreyfuss (Aaron Staton), a USAAF liaison officer.[1][4]

The Coynes' neighbours, the Hanlon family, are played by Des McAleer, Seamus O'Hara and Ryan McParland.[1][4]

Charles Lawson plays the parish doctor, Dr Black.[1]

Failey (Kerr Logan) is a local eel fisherman and boyfriend to Sally Quinn (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) who, along with her brother Barney (Gavin Drea), works on the Coynes' farm.[1]

Director and producers[edit]

The series is directed by Adrian Shergold.[1][5]

The executive producer is Stephen Wright, Head of Drama for BBC Northern Ireland.[1]

The producer is Grainne Marmion.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "My Mother and Other Strangers". Northern Ireland Screen. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "BBC One announces new Northern Ireland drama series". BBC Media Centre. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  3. ^ "My Mother and Other Strangers: About the Show". PBS. June 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  4. ^ a b c Lazarus, Susanna (19 February 2016). "Hattie Morahan and Mad Men's Aaron Staton cast in BBC1 drama My Mother and Other Strangers". RadioTimes. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  5. ^ "My Mother and Other Strangers Full Cast and Credits". Retrieved 2 April 2016.

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