The Irish R.M.

The Irish R.M.: Season 3

Channel Four Films (1985)
Comedy, Drama
UK | English | Color | 5h 10min

Directed by Robert Chetwyn THE IRISH R.M. is based on the stories of Somerville & Ross and tells of monocled Major Sinclair Yeats, played by Peter Bowles. An English army officer who resigns his commission to become a Resident Magistrate in the West of Ireland, Major Yeates finds himself living in a ramshackle old manor house surrounded by local community's colourful inhabitants. Major Yeats struggles with his new position which turns out to be at the mercy of the Irish.

Cast View all

Peter Bowles Maj. Sinclair Yeates
Bryan Murray Flurry Knox
Anna Manahan Mrs. Cadogan
Doran Godwin Philippa Yeates
Faith Brook Lady Knox
Joe Lynch Sgt. Murray
Lise-Ann McLaughlin Sally Knox
Brendan Conroy Peter Cadogan
Lise Ann McLaughlin Sally Knox
Niall Toibin Slipper
Virginia Cole Bridget 
Deirdre Lawless Julia
Jonathan Ryan Dr. Jerome Hickey
Sarah Badel Babs
Diane Fletcher Bobbie Bennett
Eamon Morrissey Sgt. Murray

Crew View all

Director Roy Ward Baker
Producer Barry Blackmore
Musician Tony Britten

Episodes View details

1 The Muse in Skebawn 50 min | Jun 01, 1985

With Philippa gone to England to tend to her ailing mother, Major Yeates's problems multiply. A shifty entrepreneur brings moving pictures into Skebawn, create havoc that the Major must subdue while fending off the unwanted advances of Miss Bobby Bennell.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Alfred Shaughnessy
2 Major Apollo Riggs 50 min | Jun 08, 1985

The Major's sister, Babs, looks after him in Philippa's absence. Cousin Andrew also arrives to help and begins to fix everything in sight, including a crumbling chimney and a mysterious well. Cold water and strange spirits are unleashed as Andrew's enthusiasm goes a bit too far.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Julia Jones
3 A Friend of Her Youth 50 min | Jun 15, 1985

Babs fondly reminisces about her old friend, Julian Chichester, who is coming to stay at Shreelane. But no sooner does Chichester arrive than he begins to scorn the Major's household, including a beloved canine. Flurry decides to teach Chichester a lesson or two with the canine as an unwitting accomplice.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Bill Craig
4 In The Curranhilty Country 50 min | Jun 22, 1985

Yeates's day of hunting goes badly, and he soon decides to abandon a troublesome new car

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Alfred Shaughnessy
5 Lisheen Races 50 min | Jun 29, 1985

A stern official from Dublin Castle observes Yeates' court conduct; Yeates finds Sally's horse hidden in the loft.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Bill Craig
6 The Devil You Know 50 min | Jul 05, 1985

An old friend's offer of a resident magistrate position in a more civilized location tempts Yeates.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Hugh Leonard


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