The Steamie

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The Steamie
Written byTony Roper
Directed byHaldane Duncan
StarringEileen McCallum
Dorothy Paul
Katy Murphy
Sheila Donald
Peter Mullan
Caroline Paterson
Composer(s)Dave Anderson
Country of originScotland
Original language(s)English
(Scottish English)
No. of episodes1
Executive producer(s)Robert Love
Producer(s)Sandy Ross
Haldane Duncan
Production location(s)Glasgow, Scotland
CinematographyBilly Morton
Alan Nicol
Running time78 minutes,
49 seconds
Production company(s)Scottish Television
(now STV Productions)
Original networkScottish Television (STV)
Original release31 December 1988 (1988-12-31)

The Steamie is a comedy-drama stage play, written by Tony Roper.[1] It followed the lives of a group of 1950s Glasgow women washing their clothes in a public washhouse (steamie). It was first performed at the Crawford Theatre, Glasgow in 1987.

A television version was made by Scottish Television for Hogmanay 1988. It gained immediate popularity, and has been repeated many times over the years. It starred Dorothy Paul, Eileen McCallum, Katy Murphy, Sheila Donald, Faye Milligan and Peter Mullan. Future EastEnders cast member Caroline Paterson also made an appearance. Haldane Duncan co-produced and directed it. A novelisation, also by Roper, was published in 2005.

The Steamie came second in an online poll for the television 'list' show STV's Top 30 Best Loved Shows,[2] shown on Saturday 3 January 2009. The following day, a short documentary - The Steamie Story was broadcast on STV, marking the 21st anniversary of its first TV transmission. This was followed by the show itself. The Steamie is available to view in full on the STV Player[3] in Scotland.


  1. ^ Topping, Kirsty (19 March 2012). "Jane McCarry shows she's still game for Steamie role". Deadline. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ "stv's Top 30 Best Loved Shows". 3 January 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  3. ^ "The Steamie". STV Player. 3 January 2009. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2009.

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