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Rocket Man 

A recently widowed Welsh man struggles to build a rocket to launch his wife's ashes into space.


Alison Hume






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Series cast summary:
Robson Green ...  George Stevenson 6 episodes, 2005
Charles Dale Charles Dale ...  Barney Scott 6 episodes, 2005
John Rhys Halliwell John Rhys Halliwell ...  Tom Stevenson 6 episodes, 2005
Kai Owen ...  David 'Shiner' Owen 6 episodes, 2005
Philip Whitchurch ...  Lloyd Edwards 6 episodes, 2005
Lucy Evans ...  Angela Stevenson 6 episodes, 2005
Dave Hill ...  Huw Masters 6 episodes, 2005
Alison Newman ...  Diane Scott 6 episodes, 2005
Janine Wood ...  Mary Hughes 6 episodes, 2005
Marcus Smith Marcus Smith ...  Ed Fernandez 6 episodes, 2005
Kay Bridgeman ...  Pam Tomlyn 6 episodes, 2005
Peter McNally Peter McNally ...  Mr. McNulty / ... 4 episodes, 2005
Marie Lewis Marie Lewis ...  Ceri Devoy 4 episodes, 2005
David Yelland ...  Eric 4 episodes, 2005
Maureen Bennett Maureen Bennett ...  Barbara Masters 4 episodes, 2005
Lisa Turner Lisa Turner ...  Gail 2 episodes, 2005
Laura Lonsdale Laura Lonsdale ...  Sara Kennedy / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Rebekah Manning ...  Fiona 2 episodes, 2005
Blair Dunlop ...  Caleb McNulty 2 episodes, 2005


George enlists the help of friends and co-workers at the chocolate factory he works in to construct and launch a rocket to release his recently dead wife's ashes into space. Plus he deals with his young son's needs as well as his teenage daughter's ambitions to be a rock singer. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Release Date:

18 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rocket Man See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character name George Stevenson is an in-joke: George Stephenson (1781-1848) was a 19th Century British railway engineer who designed a famous and historically important steam locomotive named Rocket. See more »

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Top Notch Storytelling, Acting, Direction
21 May 2006 | by rsampronSee all my reviews

First, the program is just beautiful. It makes my heart sing every week, much as Ballykissangel and Monarch of the Glen did.

In Britain, you have something we don't in American television. You have the tradition of the McGuffin-- the reason for the trip, as Alfred Hitchcock once explained it. Your television dramas and comedies are infinitely richer for it.

In Rocket Man, the McGuffin is the idea of sending Bethan Stevenson's ashes into space. It is incidental to what the story arc is really about: the relationships of all the people in this Welsh township and the resurrection of their pride in themselves and each other.

Until George began his project, the spirit of the town and its people were as dead as Barney's, well, "attempts" at getting his wife pregnant.

Each week, the personalities and hidden talents of the people and the township unfurl like a parachute falling from the sky.

It seems everybody rallies around George and his impossible dream, including the Asian owner of the candy factory at which the former employees of the local factory now work.

Just brilliant! And I LOVE the symbolism being used throughout. Bravo to Allison Hume (the writer) and David Strong (the director) for that.

This is the fourth program in which I've seen Mr. Green perform. That each one is a magnificent ensemble piece, from Touching Evil to Wire in the Blood to Christmas Lights and now Rocket Man, is a testament to Mr. Green's uncanny ability to pick quality script material. Having acted in high school and college theater myself, friends, that is no small task.

I sincerely hope BBC America telecasts Northern Lights 1 and, as I understand it, 2 when it is available. I also hope that they continue to telecast each new episode of Wire in the Blood and anything else in which Mr. Green appears.


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