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Two Days In October

BBC ALBA – Thursday 10 October at 9.00pm

Dà Là San Dàmhair

BBC ALBA - Diardaoin 10 Dàmhair aig 9.00f

New BBC ALBA comedy follows hopefuls in the run up to the Mòd starring Greg Hemphill and Tony Kearney

A new one off comedy starring some of Scotland’s best talent follows six characters over two days in October as they set their sights on the Royal National Mòd.

Produced for BBC ALBA, ‘Dà là san Dàmhair / Two days in October’ is an hour long comedy documentary written by top Gaelic comedy writers Seonag Monk and Calum Mackinnon and directed and produced by Michael Hines of The Woven Thread, who is reunited with his ‘Still Game’ star Greg Hemphill, along with an acclaimed cast giving great comedy performances.

Greg Hemphill, Tony Kearney, Mairi Morrison, Fiona Macleod, Calum Mackinnon and David Walker all star in this hour long observational comedy.

The Mòd is synonymous with the Gaelic language and every October thousands of people from across the globe gather for this annual Gaelic cultural festival, which takes place in a different location each year.

‘Dà là san Dàmhair / Two days in October’ tells the stories of six characters and their relationship with the event. They’re on a journey - whether they’ll ever reach their destination is another matter entirely!

Meet Ishi (played by Fiona Macleod) a Gaelic singer with a difference, who hopes her flicks and tricks and garish costumewill prove to be a winning combination as she plans to take the event by storm, with her very modern take on a traditional song. She believes she has the Joy-Chelle factor - a mixture of Joy Dunlop and Michelle McManus, and wants to move onto the X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

Ishi - played by Fiona Macleod

Torcuil (played by Tony Kearney) is a dedicated learner of the language and a fierce competitor. By day he may be a humble computer call centre operator but by night he wants to save the Gaelic language. Torcuil believes he is more Gaelic than the Gaels and has a real problem with people claiming to be Gaels when in fact all they've done is gone to a Runrig concert. He firmly believes this is his year to win the Gold Medal, after his 15th year of entering.

Torcuil - played by Tony Kearney

Lenny (played by Greg Hemphill) and Flo Roberts (played by Mairi Morrison) are husband and wife Bed & Breakfast owners who are busy running their business come Mòd time. Lenny is a cockney former banker who hates the Scots and his job, as well as his wife Flo. Lenny left the rat race to run a B&B with Flo, however the long hours and dealing with a difficult public have taken their toll and he escapes into the world of true crimes whenever he can. Flo is the Gaelic girl who yearns for children and fame, not necessarily in that order.

Lenny (played by Greg Hemphill) & Floraidh (played by Mairi Morrison)

WD (played by Calum MacKinnon) is the wandering poet, constantly moved to poetry by the world around him. WD sees the Mòd as the place to capture a market hungry for his self-published poetry books.

WD - played by Calum MacKinnon

Neilleagan (played by David Walker) an experienced adjudicator awaits the call-up to the top job judging the premier singing competition at the event. He is from the old school and is always seen in collar and tie. He has judged for years and now firmly believes that this year he will be picked to judge the Gold Medal, in his mind he is already ‘The Gold Medal Judge’.

Neilleagan - played by David Walker

Greg Hemphill said: “I first played Elvis on BBC ALBA five years ago and am now delighted to be back on the channel. This was the first time Mike and I have worked together since Still Game, and it felt just like yesterday, great fun, brilliant script and a joy to shoot.”

Tony Kearney said: “I had worked with Michael before on River City and it was always good fun. I also really admired his work as a comedic director on 'Still Game' so it was fantastic to get this chance to work with him on this fresh new comedy. Coupled with the fact that it was a brilliant script, I got to wear comedy teeth and a ridiculous wig! What's not to like!”

‘Dà là san Dàmhair / Two days in October’, produced by Michael Hines of The Woven Thread, a new TV production company specialising in comedy and drama, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA at 9.00pm on Thursday 10 October 2013.

Tha am Mòd a' tàladh nam mìltean às gach ceàrnaidh a h-uile bliadhna agus anns a’ chomadaidh ùr seo bho BBC ALBA tha sianar a tha gu math eadar-dhealaichte air an tarraing chun fhèis airson adhbharan eadar-dhealaichte. Tha na cleasaichean Greg Hemphill, Tony Kearney, Màiri Mhoireasdan, Fiona Nicleòid, Calum MacFhionghain agus Daibhidh Walker dhan toirt beò airson Dà Là san Dàmhair.

Cuiribh fàilte air:

Ishi - caileag òg a tha an dòchas gun toir a guth, a bòidhchead agus a stoidhle crathadh air an fhèis is i a' cur a dreach fhèin air òran traidiseanta.

Ishi - played by Fiona Macleod

WD - bàrd air chuairt a th' air a ghluasad fad na h-ùine leis na tha e a’ faicinn mun cuairt air. Tha esan cinnteach gum bi iarrtas mòr am measg luchd-frithealaidh a’ Mhòid air an leabhar bàrdachd aige.

WD - played by Calum MacKinnon

Torcuil - fear a th' air a’ Ghàidhlig ionnsachadh agus a th' air a bheò-ghlacadh leis a’ chànan is a’ cheòl. Tha e ag amas air farpais a’ bhuinn òir agus e cinnteach gur e seo a’ bhliadhna aigesan, an còigeamh turas deug a chuir e a-steach air a shon.

Torcuil - played by Tony Kearney

Neilleagan - eòlach na bhritheamh agus le shùil air smachd fhaighinn air prìomh fharpais na fèise, chan eil foighidinn aigesan le faoineasan telebhisein.

Neilleagan

Flo & Lenny - càraid-pòsta a tha a’ ruith taigh-aoigheachd. Buinidh Lenny do Lunnainn far an robh e na bhancair agus buinidh a bhean Flo don Ghàidhealtachd, ach ’s e a’ cheist, a bheil iad a' tarraing air an aon ràmh.

Lenny (played by Greg Hemphill) & Floraidh (played by Mairi Morrison)

Chaidh Dà Là san Dàmhair a sgrìobhadh le Seonag Monk is Calum MacFhionghain agus a riochdachadh agus a stiùireadh le Mìcheil Hines.

Thuirt Greg Hemphill: “ Tha còig bliadhna a-nis bho chluich mi Elvis air BBC ALBA agus tha mi air mo dhòigh a bhith air ais. ’S e seo a’ chiad uair a dh’obraich mi còmhla ris an stiùiriche Michael Hines bho bha sinn a’ dèanamh Still Game agus abair gun do chòrd e rium, fìor thoil-inntinn, deagh scriobt agus cur-seachad mìorbhailteach ga dheasachadh”.

Thuirt Tony Kearney: “Bha mi air a bhith ag obair còmhla ri Michael roimhe seo air River City agus chòrd sin rium. Bha mi a’ toirt urram cuideachd don t-sàr obair a rinn e mar stiùiriche comadaidh air an t-sreath Still Game agus cha b’ e ruith ach leum nuair a fhuair mi an cothrom air a’ phròiseact seo. Cò ris nach còrdadh e a bhith ag obair le deagh scriobt agus fiaclan is gruag fuadan, èibhinn!”

Theid Dà là san Dàmhair a chraoladh Diardaoin 10mh Dàmhair aig 21:00 air BBC ALBA.


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