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Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
David Morrissey ...  Ripley Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Sarah Parish ...  Natalie Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Thomas Morrison Thomas Morrison ...  Danny Holden 6 episodes, 2004
David Tennant ...  D.I. Peter Carlisle 6 episodes, 2004
Georgia Taylor ...  Shyanne Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Steve Pemberton ...  Adrian Marr 6 episodes, 2004
David Bradley ...  Hallworth 6 episodes, 2004
Bryan Dick ...  D.C. Blythe 6 episodes, 2004
Kevin Doyle ...  Steve 6 episodes, 2004
David Hounslow ...  DCI Jim Allbright / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Jacqueline Pilton Jacqueline Pilton ...  Ruth 6 episodes, 2004
Lisa Millett ...  Hailey 6 episodes, 2004
John Thomson ...  Terry Corlette 6 episodes, 2004
Michelle McCaw Michelle McCaw ...  Chantelle 6 episodes, 2004
Jim Whelan ...  Deaf Barry 5 episodes, 2004
Connie Walker Connie Walker ...  Karen 4 episodes, 2004
Joe Armstrong ...  Mark Reed 3 episodes, 2004
James Cartwright ...  Mike Hooley 2 episodes, 2004
Cathryn Bradshaw ...  Mary Webb 2 episodes, 2004
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Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.

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Release Date:

24 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Viva Blackpool See more »

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Trivia

Exterior school scenes were filmed at the old international university building in Bushey, Hertfordshire See more »

Quotes

D.I. Peter Carlisle: Ah, Freud would say that your jokes reveal a truth buried in your subconscious.
Ripley Holden: Oh, what do you know, a copper who's read a book.
D.I. Peter Carlisle: Well, if I'd read two books, maybe I'd run an amusement arcade.
Ripley Holden: Yeah, well I wouldn't know about that. I run a family entertainment arcade.
D.I. Peter Carlisle: And I'm a crime-citizen-interface consultant.
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Connections

Remade as Viva Laughlin (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva Las Vegas
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman (as Mort Schuman)
Performed by Elvis Presley, David Morrissey, Georgia Taylor Thomas Morrison and Sarah Parish
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Unusual drama
21 November 2004 | by hesketh27See all my reviews

Blackpool is an unusual drama (with touches of comedy) which tells the story of an amusement arcade owner who finds himself and his family at the centre of a murder investigation when a body is found in his arcade. From time to time the actors burst into song (a la Singing Detective) & are transported into fantasy sequences which work quite well as an integral part of the plot. The actors' faces are well known to UK TV audiences from their regular appearances in supporting roles in other TV vehicles. As in all BBC productions, the performances are uniformly good. The real star of the show however is Blackpool itself. The wonderfully seedy holiday resort is well used as the backdrop and well known places/landmarks appear in most scenes. An enjoyable serial. (The soundtrack's pretty good too!)


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