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Season 1 Episode 4

Fallen Angel

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Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1996 on BBC
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Angel FM, a pirate radio station in the village, keeps Ambrose busy, while Father Peter is told he must get his own transport or lose his job. Assumpta gives him driving lessons which prove to be a little more dangerous than she anticipated. Whilst on a hospital visit, Peter meets a former judge, Michael Bradley, who has a low opinion of the church. Peter befriends him but is shocked when Mr Bradley tells him that he helped his wife to die. The young priest turns to Father Mac for advice, but during the conversation it emerges that the driving test that he is about to take will be fixed. Peter takes the test as Mr Clifford, rather than Father Peter, and passes. He triumphantly returns to the town only to be told that Michael Bradley has died. When he returns to the hospital, he is given a set of keys to a sleek vintage car that Bradley has left to him.moreless

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    Dervla Kirwan

    Dervla Kirwan

    Assumpta Fitzgerald (seasons 1-4)

    Stephen Tompkinson

    Stephen Tompkinson

    Fr. Peter Clifford (seasons 1-4)

    Tony Doyle

    Tony Doyle

    Brian Quigley (seasons 1-5)

    Peter Caffrey

    Peter Caffrey

    Padraig O'Kelly #1 (seasons 1-4)

    Niall Toibín

    Niall Toibín

    Fr. Frank McAnally

    Tina Kellegher

    Tina Kellegher

    Niamh Quigley (seasons 1-5)

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      • Episode Title: Fallen Angel is a double meaning referring firstly to the illegal radio station calling itself Angel FM, and, secondly to the retired judge character Michael Bradley whose conflicted life has mirrored in part the traditions of the archangel Michael: regarded as the general of the army of God in the battle against evil; conqueror of the fallen angel (Satan); then the angel of death (to his suffering wife) and judge of souls among other interpretations.


        In case the symbolism wasn't clear to the viewer, Michael the judge left a final deathbed instruction that Father Clifford should see their chessboard where the white king has fallen (his own resignation) though the black-garbed pieces of the priest's chessmen had been clearly losing the game-play between them. He obviously judged Father Clifford to be a worthy soul as he left him his prized antique car.

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