Season 1 Episode 5

He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 30, 1963 on NBC
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He Rises on Sunday and We on Monday
When Sir Roger Casement is captured by the British on his secret return to Ireland, it seems as if the planned rising for Easter Monday, 1916, must be called off. But will it be?

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  • A coded message can prevent the Easter Rising in Dublin on Easter Monday, 1916, and the certain bloodshed that will follow if it goes ahead. But is it the right message?moreless

    So many American accounts of the Irish "troubles" are oversimplified and sentimentalised that it is a real surprise to find this American-scripted episode so tough-minded and even-handed. The cold, fanatical ruthlessness of the IRA leader (a brilliant Patrick Troughton) extends as easily to those on his own side as to the British - it leads to the capture of Sir Roger Casement - and his willingness to sacrifice his own life seems obscene rather than courageous. A very fine scene between Troughton and Billie Whitelaw (as his shrewd, long-suffering wife) makes it clear that his patriotism and political fervour have been born, not out of principle, but from a deep-seated, hitherto unadmitted, sense of his own inadequacy. The British, for once, don't come off badly; and the needless loss of life at the end seems anything but heroic.moreless
Patrick Troughton

Patrick Troughton

John McBride

Guest Star

Andrew Keir

Andrew Keir

Sir Roger Casement

Guest Star

Jack MacGowran

Jack MacGowran

Matt Youghal

Guest Star

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    • The Scottish actor Andrew Keir plays Sir Roger Casement, a real-life person, in this episode. Casement was a prominent consular official in the British government, which knighted him after he had been instrumental in exposing abuses of native labour in parts of Africa and South America. He retired from the consular service in 1913. An Ulster Protestant, he devoted the rest of his life to the cause of Irish independence, in defiance of his former governmental colleagues; he was involved in secret activities in Germany during the First World War and was executed by the British at age 52 in 1916. His body is now buried in Ireland, according to his last wishes - these wishes, however, were not carried out until 1965.