The Hanging Gale

t's 1846 in Donegal (mostly filmed in the gorgeous old town of Ramelton) and the Great famine is in full swing, the Phelan family's trouble start when local landowner Lord Hawksborough appoints a new English land agent, Townsend (played with delicious menace by Michael Kitrchen), who, despite having his life saved by the Phelan's, is very quick to show his displeasure with the way things are being run. Soon matters are at breaking point, with crops full of blight and starvation at the doorstep the Phelan's are on the verge of organising a bloody revolt. It's heart wrenching stuff, the hardships the Irish families faced back then was incredible and The Hanging Gale pulls no punches in its portrayal of the privations faced by the Phelans.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC One (1995 - 1995)
Schedule: Sundays at 21:05 (55 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama
Episodes ordered: 4 episodes

(waiting for more votes)

Previous Episode

Part 4

Episode 1x04; Jun 4, 1995

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x04: Part 4Jun 4, 1995
1x03: Part 3May 28, 1995
1x02: Part 2May 21, 1995
View full episode list »