The Lakes (TV series)

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The Lakes
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Genre Drama
Created by Jimmy McGovern
Written by Joe Ainsworth
William Gaminara
Julie Rutterford
Directed by David Blair
Bill Anderson
Sallie Aphramain
David Moore
Roberto Bangura
Starring John Simm
Emma Cunniffe
Kaye Wragg
Mary Jo Randle
Paul Copley
Robert Pugh
Charles Dale
Kevin Doyle
Elizabeth Rider
Composer Nina Humphreys
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes14 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers Charles Pattinson
George Faber
Suzan Harrison
Lynn Horsford
ProducerMatthew Bird
CinematographyAndy Collins
EditorLuke Dunkley
Running time90 minutes (pilot)
50 minutes (Series 1)
40 minutes (Series 2)
Production company Company Pictures
Distributor All3Media
Release
Original network BBC1
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release14 September 1997 (1997-09-14) 
14 March 1999 (1999-03-14)

The Lakes is a British television drama series, created and principally written by Jimmy McGovern, first broadcast on BBC1 on 14 September 1997. [1] The series, which was principally filmed in and around Patterdale and The Ullswater Hotel, Glenridding, [2] stars John Simm as Danny Kavanagh, a hotel porter, compulsive gambler, and philanderer who escapes from the dole queues in Liverpool to live in the Lake District. After he meets and marries local girl Emma Quinlan (Emma Cunniffe), they move back to Liverpool. However, the consequences of Danny's gambling habit results in Emma moving back to the Lakes. Months later, Danny also returns, and takes up a job looking after a rowing boat concession, and starts to patch up his relationship with Emma. [3]

Contents

Two series were broadcast. The first, made of four episodes including a feature-length pilot, aired during September and October 1997. A second series, extended to ten episodes, broadcast from January to March 1999. McGovern described the series as "partially autobiographical", having also been a gambling addict and having met his wife Eileen while working at a hotel in Cumbria. [4] McGovern's involvement in the second series was heavily reduced, with a number of co-writers contributing to the series, including Joe Ainsworth, William Gaminara and Julie Rutterford. The series was critically acclaimed when first broadcast, although it caused controversy due to the hard-hitting portrayal of an immoral British sub-culture, and scenes of sex and violence. The series was considered a springboard for many members of the cast, including Kaye Wragg, James Thornton, Kevin Doyle and Elizabeth Berrington. [5]

Merchandise

The complete series was released as a four-disc box set by Second Sight Media on 6 October 2003. [6] The set contains additional commentaries for the first series by John Simm and director David Blair. The box set was re-issued on 16 April 2012, however both the original and re-issue are now out of print. [7] Region 4 DVD released rated the series R16 for offensive language and scenes of a sexual nature.

A novelisation of the first series by Kate Lock (credited as K.M. Lock) was released on 4 September 1997, ten days prior to the broadcast of the first episode. [8] A soundtrack to the series was also issued on CD and Cassette in 1997, containing contributions from the likes of Blur, Cast, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass and Radiohead. [9]

Plot

One of the principal filming locations for the series, the Inn on the Lake Hotel InnOnTheLakeRuss.jpg
One of the principal filming locations for the series, the Inn on the Lake Hotel

Series 1 (1997)

After leaving the Lakes to move to Liverpool, Emma (Emma Cunniffe) decides to return home after her husband Danny's gambling addiction begins to grow progressively stronger. Months later, Danny follows her and takes up a job looking after a rowing boat concession. [10] Meanwhile, he is forced to reject the unsubtle advances of the attention-seeking Lucy Archer (Kaye Wragg), who unable to take the pain of rejection, becomes determined to take out revenge. When three schoolgirls drown in a boating accident whilst Danny is on duty at work, he is unwilling to tell the truth, having been distracted by betting over the telephone - despite promising Emma that he would stop gambling. [10] As the community looks for someone to blame, Lucy lies to the police to implicate him. [10]

Series 2 (1999)

When Lucy is raped by three locals, only Danny, enduring the claustrophobic hostility of the Quinlan family home, can testify as a witness - which puts him at odds with the village, his wife and her family. [10]

Cast

Main

Supporting

Episodes

Series 1 (1997)

EpisodeTitleWritten byDirected byOriginal airdate
1"Episode 1"Jimmy McGovernDavid Blair14 September 1997 (1997-09-14)
Danny Kavanagh, a compulsive gambler and lout, looking to start afresh, arrives in a small village in the Lake District and manages to get a job at a local hotel, working as a kitchen porter under tyrannical, sex-mad chef Gary Alcock. However, it's not long before he's taken a shine to local girl Emma, and after a series of short rendezvous, Emma discovers she is pregnant. She and Danny decide to marry and move back to Danny's hometown in Liverpool, where Danny has acquired them a flat. However, despite promising to stop gambling, Danny soon finds himself flittering away his wages on the dogs, and an angered Emma decides she has no choice but to leave him and move back home. Some months later, after serving a prison sentence for theft, Danny returns to the Lakes in search of Emma, and he takes up a job at the local rowing boat concession. However, after leaving his workstation to phone in a bet, Danny is horrified to discover that a group of schoolgirls who have skipped out of school in their teacher's absence have stolen a boat and gone out onto the lake. When the boat overturns, Danny leaps to the rescue in attempt to prevent the girls from drowning.
2"Episode 2"Jimmy McGovernDavid Blair21 September 1997 (1997-09-21)
Despite his best efforts, Danny is unable to save the schoolgirls. A rescue operation is mounted, and the body of Paula Thwaite is recovered from the lake. As an inconsolable Sheila begins to come to terms with her daughter's death, Danny comes under intense scrutiny from the locals, despite claiming that the girls took the boat out while his back was turned. Danny's involvement is further suspected when an angry Lucy lies to the police and claims that she witnessed Danny taking money from the girls and helping them push the boat out onto the lake. Not wanting to admit that he was on the telephone betting at the time of the tragedy, Danny is evasive during police interview and Sergeant Slater struggles to believe his version of events.
3"Episode 3"Jimmy McGovernDavid Blair28 September 1997 (1997-09-28)
Danny questions John as to why he left the children unattended. Lucy continues to wreck what little is left of Danny's reputation amongst the local community. Danny confides in Father Matthew that he was on the phone to the bookies at the time of the accident, and Father Matthew urges him to go to the police and admit the truth. Paula's funeral turns into an emotional hotbed when Father Matthew proclaims Danny as a hero, much to Sheila's disgust. Ruth begins to grow tired of Chef's extra marital affairs and seeks comfort in the arms of a keen-eyed Albie. Bernie's passion for Father Matthew continues to grow, but the attraction hasn't gone unnoticed by Peter, who suspecting Bernie of having an affair, confronts Father Matthew demanding to know the truth.
4"Episode 4"Jimmy McGovernDavid Blair5 October 1997 (1997-10-05)
Danny continues to try and avoid telling the truth about the accident. Cecil overhears a commotion in one of the empty hotel rooms and bursts in to find Lucy in a compromising position with Chef. Chef is later the victim of a hit-and-run which leaves him with life threatening injuries, but the police are unable to determine who was responsible. Meanwhile, as the inquest into the tragic accident gets underway, Danny and Lucy are called to give evidence. Lucy's tirade of lies are finally unpicked when Father Matthew provides the coroner with information which exonerates Danny, but ultimately destroys what little relationship with Emma he had left. Danny decides he has little choice but to give up and makes the heartbreaking decision to take his own life.

Series 2 (1999)

EpisodeTitleWritten byDirected byViewers
(millions) [12]
Original airdate
1"Episode 1" Jimmy McGovern Bill Anderson7.2610 January 1999 (1999-01-10)
Danny is contemplating suicide after being made to feel an outcast after admitting to his wife Emma that he had been gambling again. Simone leaves John and confesses to him that she had several other lovers prior to Chef. Enraged, he bludgeons her to death in the bath.
2"Episode 2" Jimmy McGovern Bill Anderson7.3317 January 1999 (1999-01-17)
The forbidden passion between Father Matthew and married parishioner Bernie Quinlan is about to erupt. Parr is struggling to summon up the courage to dispose of his wife's body when his sister-in-law Beverly turns up.
3"Episode 3" Joe Ainsworth Bill Anderson7.0524 January 1999 (1999-01-24)
With flies buzzing round the boot of his car, John is finding it harder to hide his wife's murder from her flirtatious sister. Danny is trying to be a responsible father, but he also wants some fun. Bernie is still troubled by her conscience. Dr Kilbride is called to school to treat a pupil where her former lesbian lover Jo Jo is the new teacher.
4"Episode 4" Joe Ainsworth Sallie Aprahamian7.4331 January 1999 (1999-01-31)
Beverly is still besotted by John and helps him to destroy all the evidence of Simone's murder. Lucy plays with fire when she joins the local lads for a game of pool. Jo Jo wants to restart her relationship with Dr Kilbride.
5"Episode 5" Joe Ainsworth Sallie Aprahamian7.007 February 1999 (1999-02-07)
Lucy has to decide whether to report her rape by Billy, Ged and Peter, fearing that her previous lies about Danny's involvement in the drownings could count against her. Danny tells Emma that her mother is not as saintly as she tries to make out.
6"Episode 6" Julie Rutterford Sallie AprahamianTBA14 February 1999 (1999-02-14)
Bernie discovers she is pregnant with Father Matthew's baby. Danny tells Lucy that he knows she was raped. Sergeant Slater's dog Syndrome uncovers something interesting in the lake.
7"Episode 7" William Gaminara David Moore6.8021 February 1999 (1999-02-21)
John Parr gets his revenge against Chef by kidnapping his son, while the police start to piece together the facts about Simone's murder. Danny is thrown out by the Quinlans when he tells them he will be a witness on behalf of Lucy Archer, against Pete Quinlan and his two co-defendants. Mrs Archer is upset about the backlash that has resulted from her daughter's allegations. Bernie tells Father Matthew about her pregnancy.
8"Episode 8" Jimmy McGovern David Moore6.7928 February 1999 (1999-02-28)
Father Matthew and Bernie visit the Bishop (Anthony Newley) for advice on how to deal with the unwanted baby. Sergeant Slater tries to get the truth out of John. Danny and Lucy talk about their true feelings for each other.
9"Episode 9" William Gaminara Roberto BanguraTBA7 March 1999 (1999-03-07)
Lucy takes to the stand in court to give her account of the night she was raped. Her evidence reveals to Emma that Danny has been telling her the truth. Peter reacts with fury when he learns of Bernie's affair. Beverly pays a visit to John in jail.
10"Episode 10" Joe Ainsworth Roberto BanguraTBA14 March 1999 (1999-03-14)
Bernie must choose between Peter and Father Matthew. Danny tries to save his marriage to Emma, in light of Lucy's announcement in court. The audience is also led to believe that, eventually, Chef's "judgement day" arrives as, he waits in a hotel room, whilst tied to a bed.

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