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In 1943, the Coyne family and their neighbours struggle to maintain a normal life after a US Army Air Force base is set up in the middle of their rural parish.
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Series cast summary:
Ciarán Hinds ...  Older Francis 5 episodes, 2016
Michael Nevin Michael Nevin ...  Francis Coyne 5 episodes, 2016
Hattie Morahan ...  Rose Coyne 5 episodes, 2016
Owen McDonnell ...  Michael Coyne 5 episodes, 2016
Mia Carlin Mia Carlin ...  Kate Coyne 5 episodes, 2016
Isaac Heslip ...  Seamie Brady 5 episodes, 2016
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ...  Sally Quinn 5 episodes, 2016
Eileen O'Higgins ...  Emma Coyne 5 episodes, 2016
Des McAleer Des McAleer ...  Ned Hanlon 5 episodes, 2016
Gavin Drea ...  Barney Quinn 5 episodes, 2016
Ryan McParland ...  Mickey Joe Hanlon 5 episodes, 2016
Aaron Staton ...  Captain Ronald Dreyfuss 5 episodes, 2016
Frankie McCafferty ...  Jemmy Fox 5 episodes, 2016
Kerr Logan ...  Failey 5 episodes, 2016
Seamus O'Hara ...  Davey Hanlon 4 episodes, 2016
Antonia Campbell-Hughes ...  Kettie Brady 4 episodes, 2016
Christina Nelson Christina Nelson ...  Nellie Fox 4 episodes, 2016
Ruairi O'Connor Ruairi O'Connor ...  Andrew Black 3 episodes, 2016
Aldo Uribe ...  Sergeant Noches / ... 3 episodes, 2016
Kate Phillips ...  Tillie Zeigler 3 episodes, 2016
Maggie Cronin ...  Ellen Quinn 2 episodes, 2016
Sam Lucas Smith ...  Battle Fatigue / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon ...  Jeweller 2 episodes, 2016
Aimee Richardson ...  Minnie Ryan 2 episodes, 2016
Hayley McQuillan Hayley McQuillan ...  Bridie Hagan 2 episodes, 2016
Conor Grimes ...  Harrington 2 episodes, 2016
Jack Greenlees ...  Lieutenant Harper 2 episodes, 2016
Charles Lawson ...  Doctor Black 2 episodes, 2016
Sophie Mellotte Sophie Mellotte ...  Maisie Quinn 2 episodes, 2016
Peter Ballance Peter Ballance ...  Sergeant Gibson 2 episodes, 2016
Michael Colgan Michael Colgan ...  Father Nolan 2 episodes, 2016
Cosmo Jarvis ...  Lieutenant Steiger 2 episodes, 2016


In 1943, the Coyne family and their neighbours struggle to maintain a normal life after a US Army Air Force base is set up in the middle of their rural parish.

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Not all wars are fought on the battlefield.


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Release Date:

18 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »


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GBP7,000,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Actress Hattie Morahan was 2-months pregnant at the start of filming in January 2016. She said it was only near the end of filming (in April with her at 5-months pregnant) that they had to do "a bit of clever shooting". See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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It Shouldn't Work, But It Does
30 September 2018 | by frt-98135See all my reviews

I found this programming surprising and even shocking. The shock is that, alone among British TV productions, it actually casts Americans in a good light. Let's face it, British BBC TV is virulently anti-American. The left-wingers control BBC just like they control CBC, PBS, etc. I've already given up watching many of the most egregious anti-American shows, like Foyle, and grit my teeth while watching others. No worries with My Mother and Other Strangers. The Americans are shown as friendly, courteous and helpful while villagers are often mean-spirited, stupid, and dishonest. They whine and complain about the American airmen who are risking their lives to preserve Moybeg's way of life and very existence. Astoundingly the show even has an American actor playing an American instead of the usual Brit with a bad accent. (Unfortunately, they cancel this out with Kate Phillips and her absolutely horrible accent. I guess two Americans in one show is too much for them). Still, what a breath of fresh air. Of course, this is not a typical British production. It is Northern Irish, not English, and the writer is 70 years, so he has more perspective on history.

Surprisingly, the program is also an engaging drama despite its soap opera elements (including Poldark style music). Syd Field, author of the classic screen writing book, sagely observed that scenes are never good or bad; they either work or don't work. This program shouldn't work but it does. The tone, mood and pace are seductive and Hattie Morahan is just great as a earth mother woman of hidden strength and toughness. She's Mrs. Miniver who isn't afraid to threaten to shoot someone. It also succeeds in the most basic, yet difficult aspect of drama by making you believe that you are watching another time and place that actually existed. Granted, the plot has some glaring discontinuities that leave you thinking, "where did that come from?", but adult TV is so rare that it is easy to forgive.

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