BY A STAFF REPORER
Ballvkissangel, the new hit television drama series about the priesthood, has recorded viewing figures of over 14 million, according to figures released this week by the The six-part series, which ends this Sunday, tells the story of a young English priest (Stephen Tompkinson) who becomes curate to an old style Irish priest (Niall Tobin) in a rural parish a sort of All Creatures Great And Small treatment of the Irish clergy. Tompkinson played a disaster-prone reporter in the comedy Drop The Dead Donkey.
Alan Ayres, a spokesman for BBC Drama, said: "It's a good show. It goes out at a good time on a Sunday evening but it would do well if it was buried elsewhere in the schedule.
"It's been written with affection and a fresh eye. I understand that it has even been suggested from some pulpits that people should watch it."
Independent television is currently fixated with Catholic priests, notably in Cracker and Fr Ted (in its second series).
Now it is the turn of the BBC and it is quickening the momentum of the reinvigorated drama department. "We haven't been the 'beleaguered drama department' for a couple of years," said Mr Ayres.