After his time in Game Of Thrones Aidan Gillen has decided to take on the role of Irish comedy hero Dave Allen.
Dave Allen At Peace is a new TV biopic for BBC Two. The drama will follow Allen’s impressive 40-year career. His life wasn’t all comedy and laughs. He was struck by tragedy throughout his life, losing his father and brother and even the mystery of the loss of one of his fingers. He also faced threats from the IRA and the Catholic Church. It will start from his childhood to his days performing as a Redcoat at Butlins right through him experience threats and his ban from Irish and Australian television.
The comic died in 2005 at the age of 68.
The show will reunite Gillen with Stephen Russell, who wrote Peaky Blinders and We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story. Conleth Hill who starred alongside Gillen in Game Of Thrones will play Allen’s brother and our favourite Tommy Tiernan will play his father. The rest of the cast includes Joanne Crawford, Simon Day, Pauline McLynn, Robert Bathurst, Julian Rhind-Tutt and “Star Wars” actor Ian McElhinny.
Aidan Gillen said “I did as much research as I could, it’s about finding common ground I think. The parts you can get away with going after because you have to impersonate a little bit at least, if not a lot.
“You’re cast ‘cos you might already have some of the attributes, but also for your own personality (or lack of one). And in watching of all the shows and documentaries you’re looking to identify the essential attributes; like in his case melancholy, thoughtfulness, warmth, a certain dissatisfaction.”
According to the BBC, the 60-minute film is “structured in affectionate homage to Dave’s original television format. From his famous bar stool, the comic will reflect on his formative years and showbiz career. Flashbacks, some visualised as comedy sketches, will intercut his bar stool repartee bringing significant moments to life.”
BBC comedy chief Shane Allen told Chortle, “Dave Allen defined and pushed at the boundaries of where television comedy were set and paved the way for modern stand-up to tackle controversial themes and taboos.
“This film explores what shaped his trailblazing career and celebrates this hugely popular comedian who ridiculed authority figures with a twinkle in his eye, a glass of whiskey and the most talked about finger in comedy history.”
You can watch it back on the RTE Player.
I was raised watching Dave Allen on TV (my parents were huge fans) & he still makes me absolutely howl with laughter. (I didn't realise just how very handsome he was when he was young!) Loving #daveallen night – it's a real treat & the perfect end to the bank holiday.
— Josephine Liptrott (@JoLiptrott) April 2, 2018
I'm liking Dave Allen more and more. I like the idea that he 'could suspend judgement' of people. He was genuinely relaxed with people, no matter what they brought to the table. Decent role model for his children, I'd say #daveallen
— Twenty8Sixty8 (@WilliamPMack) April 2, 2018
The excitement I felt as a kid being allowed to stay up & watch #DaveAllen. Even at that age I could sense he was something special. Not like the early evening comedians you'd see on, well The Comedians. Had a wonderful way of setting a scene and delivering a joke. Very classy.
— Cameron Yarde Jnr (@CameronYardeJnr) April 2, 2018