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  • Actors: Seán McGinley, Ger Ryan, Neilí Conroy
  • Directors: Michael Winterbottom
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004URO43I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,620 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by acclaimed novelist Roddy Doyle and directed by Michael Winterbottom, Family is a searing television drama that aired on BBC One and RTÉ One in 1994.

Family is a compelling, characteristically no-frills look at life in an Irish suburb, where Charlo Spencer's violent behaviour, infidelities and criminal activities are pushing his wife and children to breaking point. The original transmission was a watershed moment in Irish TV history, leading to an outcry and national debate about domestic violence.

Family centres on the Spencers, a family living in a Dublin housing project. Charlo, played by Seán McGinley, is the abusive and cheating husband of Paula, played by Ger Ryan. They have four children: teenagers John Paul and Nicola, and younger children Leanne and Jack.
Told over four episodes, each one devoted to a different family member, this series gives an often harrowing picture of Irish working class life in the 1990s. The first episode focuses on Charlo; the abusive, alcoholic father and husband who makes his living as a small-time crook. Episode two takes up the story of rebellious teenager, John Paul, just as he’s starting secondary school.

The third instalment tells the story from the perspective of Nicola, who works in a clothing factory and has a particularly strained relationship with her father. In the fourth and final part we meet the emotionally and physically battered matriarch, Paula, who reclaims her identity by throwing Charlo out of the house and getting a job.

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I remember seeing this on the BBC in 1994 when it was first shown and being absolutely enthralled.

I'd only known Roddy Doyle from watching "the Commitments" and reading "Paddy Clarke ha-ha-ha."

"Family" was light years away; harrowing, realistic and brilliant. I was carried along by the story and felt like cheering at the end, it was that good.

Bought it for my wife, who likes griity realistic dramas and we watched all 4 epsisodes in one sitting and two bottles of wine.

I recommend this to anybody who is struggling to find something really good to watch, I hope you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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By Cool on 20 Dec. 2011
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What a classic love it, a must get! Looked for ages to get great to finally find it! Watched it all straight away they don't make them like they used to
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Roddy Doyle at his best. The flip side of Dublin family life shown in the Committments. Has funny bits but not a comedy. Great performances from the whole cast.
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It has not aged great Irish drama made a change from writers about the troubles this is just an honest family's struggles
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