Too Late to Talk to Billy
Directed by Paul Seed, Written by Graham J. Reid, Produced by Chris Parr
Graham Reid’s play follows the lives of the Martin family, living off the Donegall Road in Belfast. There are serious issues between a number of family members, particularly the estranged parents, and father Norman and his son Billy (played by a young Kenneth Branagh).
Original transmission: BBC1 16/02/1982 (85mins)
This play is the first in a trilogy of’ ‘Billy’ plays, shown as part of the ‘Play for Today’ series. The trilogy also includes ‘A Matter of Choice for Billy’ (1983) and ‘A Coming to Terms for Billy’ (1984).
An insight into the stresses of life in a working class Protestant community.
Clip courtesy of BBC Motion Gallery
Drama (Television Play) - Broadcast
WRITER(s)/ DIRECTOR(s)/ PRODUCER(s)
Graham J. Reid
James Ellis - Norman Martin
Kenneth Branagh - Billy Martin
BrÃd Brennan - Lorna Martin
Maggie Shevlin - Janet
Tracey Lynch - Ann
Aine Gorman - Maureen
Mary Jackson - June Boyd
Catherine Gibson - Mrs Boyd
Colum Convey - Ian
Chrissie Cotterill - Shirley
Walter McMonagle - Stevie
John Hewitt - John Fletcher