Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen to star in Dave Allen biopic
Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen will star in a biopic based on the life and career of Irish comedian Dave Allen.
The hour-long BBC2 drama, which has already begun filming in Northern Ireland, will also star Ballycastle actor, and Gillen's Game of Thrones co-star, Conleth Hill as Allen's brother John, while his father and mother will be played by Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan.
Dave Allen at Peace will focus on the comedian's controversial forty-year career, which is said to be "shaped by the tragic loss of his father, his brother… and his finger."
The film will look at Allen's timeline from performing alongside his brother as a Butlin’s Redcoat to becoming one of the UK and Ireland’s comedy greats - and also a ban by Irish and Australian TV.
Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, said: “Dave Allen defined and pushed at the boundaries of where television comedy were set and paved the way for modern stand-up to tackle controversial themes and taboos.
"This film explores what shaped his trail-blazing career and celebrates this hugely popular comedian who ridiculed authority figures with a twinkle in his eye, a glass of whiskey and the most talked about finger in comedy history.”
Charlotte Surtees, Executive Producer, Darlow Smithson Production, added: “Dave Allen was compulsory viewing at home growing up.
"His warmth, wit and keen eye for the ridiculous was underpinned by a fierce intellect. As free speech faces uncertain times in an uncertain world, Dave’s extraordinary comedy is a timely reminder to never take ourselves too seriously."
The NI Screen and RTE joint venture will also feature cameos from Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst, Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn, and Belfast actor Ian McElhinney.
Producers say the project will be structured "in affectionate homage" to Dave’s original television format on shows like Tonight with Dave Allen and Dave Allen at Large, including life reflections from the comic's famous bar stool.
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