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* UngratefulBastard: As Danny points out, Ireland is responsible for growing food that feeds the British Empire, and yet this same Empire refuses to help the Irish when they're starving to death.

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* UngratefulBastard: As Danny points out, Ireland is responsible for growing food that feeds the British Empire, and yet this same Empire refuses to help the Irish when they're starving to death.death.
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Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a Catholic priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Faced with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.

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Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a Catholic priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic sympathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's employer's harsh instructions regardless. Faced with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous disastrous consequences.


* TheScapeGoat: [[spoiler: Since Daniel can't be found after he tries to assassinate Townsend, the good captain decides to make an example out of his innocent brothers instead.]]

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* TheScapeGoat: TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: Since Daniel can't be found after he tries to assassinate Townsend, the good captain decides to make an example out of his innocent brothers instead.]]


* AntiVillain: While Captain Townsend is sympathetic to the tennants' plight he still carries out his orders to evict tenants who can't pay regardless (which is basically the whole darn estate with a handful of exceptions), but it isn't until someone tries to assinate him that he turns ''nasty''.

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* AntiVillain: While Captain Townsend is sympathetic to the tennants' plight he still carries out his orders to evict tenants who can't pay regardless (which is basically the whole darn estate with a handful of exceptions), but it isn't until someone tries to assinate assassinate him that he turns ''nasty''.



* CorruptCop: The policemen of the estate are their to protect the land agent, follow his orders, and evict tennants they are ''not'' concerned with the well being of the tenants in the least.

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* CorruptCop: The policemen of the estate are their to protect the land agent, follow his orders, and evict tennants they tenants. They are ''not'' concerned with the well being well-being of the tenants in the least.



* HidingInPlainSight: [[spoiler: After his assination attempt on Townsend backfires, Danny ends up hiding in Lord Hawksborough manor house the one place nobody would think to look.]]

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* HidingInPlainSight: [[spoiler: After his assination assassination attempt on Townsend backfires, Danny ends up hiding in Lord Hawksborough manor house the one place nobody would think to look.]]



* InherentInTheSystem: The Irish landholding system is ''really'' unjust especially since the English landlord makes the Irish farmers pay double what their English counterparts pay. The land agent knows things are unfair but if he shows them sympathy by waiving the rents he'll just be replaced by someone who follows the rules: Townsend eventually acclimates over time due to the latter reasoning.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: After Danny's failed assination attempt, Townsend, procedes to make life hell for ''all'' of the Phelan family even though they had nothing to do with it.]]
* KangarooCourt: [[spoiler: Captain Townend decides to evict the Phelans from their farm, even though they paid their rent simply because he dislikes them (and wrongly believes they were party to Daniel's plot to kill him), and even bullies the magistrate to go along with it. Connor and Sean get six months in jail for resisting eviction.]]
* KillThePoor: [[spoiler: Well move the poor. Lord Hawksborough eventually decides to offer his tenants free passage to America, just because it's a cheap way to get them off his land.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Townsend is sympathetic to the tenants plight and even tries to convince Lord Hawksborough to waive the rents until the famine has passed. But when Lord Hawksborough tells him to collect the rents regardless, Townsend does his duty and goes around evicting tenants who can't pay and collecting rent from those who would starve if they ''did'' pay.
* JustFollowingOrders: Townsed's justification for his really harsh evictions of tenants who can't pay rent; he can do his job or resign and he choses not to resign.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Danny's attempt to assinate Townsend, leads to the eviction of his entire family.]]
* NoSympathy: The British Government really doesn't care that the Irish are starving to death - alot of it has to with racist attitudes on their part. The London Times even goes so far as to say that Irish have cried wolf one time too many.
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: How the group of nationalist who killed Townsend' predecessor in the beginning, feel about British rule over Ireland.

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* InherentInTheSystem: The Irish landholding system is ''really'' unjust unjust, especially since the English landlord makes the Irish farmers pay double what their English counterparts pay. The land agent knows things are unfair but if he shows them sympathy by waiving the rents he'll just be replaced by someone who follows the rules: Townsend eventually acclimates over time due to the latter reasoning.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: After Danny's failed assination assassination attempt, Townsend, procedes proceeds to make life hell for ''all'' of the Phelan family even though they had nothing to do with it.]]
* KangarooCourt: [[spoiler: Captain Townend decides to evict the Phelans from their farm, even though they paid their rent rent, simply because he dislikes them (and wrongly believes they were party to Daniel's plot to kill him), and even bullies the magistrate to go along with it. Connor and Sean get six months in jail for resisting eviction.]]
* KillThePoor: [[spoiler: Well Well, move the poor. Lord Hawksborough eventually decides to offer his tenants free passage to America, just because it's a cheap way to get them off his land.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Townsend is sympathetic to the tenants tenants' plight and even tries to convince Lord Hawksborough to waive the rents until the famine has passed. But when Lord Hawksborough tells him to collect the rents regardless, Townsend does his duty and goes around evicting tenants who can't pay and collecting rent from those who would starve if they ''did'' pay.
* JustFollowingOrders: Townsed's Townsend's justification for his really harsh evictions of tenants who can't pay rent; he can do his job or resign resign, and he choses chooses not to resign.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Danny's attempt to assinate Townsend, assassinate Townsend leads to the eviction of his entire family.]]
* NoSympathy: The British Government really doesn't care that the Irish are starving to death - alot a lot of it has to with racist attitudes on their part. The London Times even goes so far as to say that the Irish have cried wolf one time too many.
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: How the group of nationalist who killed Townsend' predecessor in the beginning, beginning feel about British rule over Ireland.



** Townsend ''tries'' to be this - but having to follow the orders of Lord Hawksborough and put up with the hostility of the tenants makes him very a vindictive man after [[spoiler: Danny tries to assinate him]].
** Averted with the local magistrate who is mainly a pawn of the landlord and his land agent. [[spoiler: When Townsend wants to evict the Phelan family, after Danny's failed asissination attempt, the magistrate points out not only have the Phelans paid their rent in full, but there's also no evidence that they were in involved with Danny's plot in anyway, Townsend bullies thim to take his side or else he'll have him replaced.]]
* SadisticChoice: The Irish farmers have to chose between feeding themselves and paying their rents.
* TheScapeGoat: [[spoiler: Since Daniel can't be found after he tries to assinate Townsend, the good captain decides to make an example out of his innocent brothers instead.]]

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** Townsend ''tries'' to be this - but having to follow the orders of Lord Hawksborough and put up with the hostility of the tenants makes him very a vindictive man after [[spoiler: Danny tries to assinate assassinate him]].
** Averted with the local magistrate magistrate, who is mainly a pawn of the landlord and his land agent. [[spoiler: When Townsend wants to evict the Phelan family, after Danny's failed asissination assassination attempt, the magistrate points out not only have the Phelans paid their rent in full, but there's also no evidence that they were in involved with Danny's plot in anyway, any way. Townsend bullies thim him to take his side or else he'll have him replaced.]]
* SadisticChoice: The Irish farmers have to chose chopse between feeding themselves and paying their rents.
* TheScapeGoat: [[spoiler: Since Daniel can't be found after he tries to assinate assassinate Townsend, the good captain decides to make an example out of his innocent brothers instead.]]



* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Captain Townsend effectively rules the estate with an iron fist to the point where he can order the local police to hang a man without trial if he wants. [[spoiler: He later evicts the Phelan family from their farm even though they paid rent in full because Daniel tried to kill him. When the local magistrate points out there's no evidence that the rest of the family where involved in the attempt, Townesnd effectivley bullies him to take his side.]]

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* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Captain Townsend effectively rules the estate with an iron fist to the point where he can order the local police to hang a man without trial if he wants. [[spoiler: He later evicts the Phelan family from their farm even though they paid rent in full because Daniel tried to kill him. When the local magistrate points out there's no evidence that the rest of the family where involved in the attempt, Townesnd effectivley bullies him to take his side.]]



** [[spoiler: One local officer refuses to shot his gun at his fellow unarmed Irishmen who are doing nothing more than peacfully protesting the unjust eviction of the Phelan family.]]
* TruthInTelevision: This drama does not sugarcoat the plight of the Irish farmers nor the brutality or indiffernce of their British rulers.
* UngratefulBastard: As Danny points out, Ireland is responsible for growing food that feeds the British Empire, and yet this same Empire refuses to help the Irish when their starving to death.

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** [[spoiler: One local officer refuses to shot shoot his gun at his fellow unarmed Irishmen who are doing nothing more than peacfully peacefully protesting the unjust eviction of the Phelan family.]]
* TruthInTelevision: This drama does not sugarcoat the plight of the Irish farmers nor the brutality or indiffernce indifference of their British rulers.
* UngratefulBastard: As Danny points out, Ireland is responsible for growing food that feeds the British Empire, and yet this same Empire refuses to help the Irish when their they're starving to death.


Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.

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Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a Catholic priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face Faced with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.



* AntiVillain: While Captain Townsend is sympathetic to the tennants' plight he still carries out his orders regardless, but it isn't until someone tries to assinate him that he turns ''nasty''.

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* AntiVillain: While Captain Townsend is sympathetic to the tennants' plight he still carries out his orders regardless, to evict tenants who can't pay regardless (which is basically the whole darn estate with a handful of exceptions), but it isn't until someone tries to assinate him that he turns ''nasty''.



* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: How the group of nationalist who killed Townsend' predecessor feel about British rule over Ireland.

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* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: How the group of nationalist who killed Townsend' predecessor in the beginning, feel about British rule over Ireland.



* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Danny kills Townsend in the end, but by then half his family is dead and the surviving tenants have all agreed to move to America, and he's promptly hanged for the murder.]]

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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Danny kills Townsend in the end, but by then half end. But it doesn't do the tenants any good. Half his family is dead and the surviving tenants have all agreed to move to America, and he's promptly hanged for the murder.]]


A 1995 mini-series coproduced by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{RTE}} based on an idea the [=McGann=] Brothers had, while they were researching their Irish heiritage. Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.

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A 1995 mini-series coproduced by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{RTE}} based on an idea the [=McGann=] Brothers had, while they were researching their Irish heiritage. The title comes from an old Irish phrase "hanging gale" -- a landlord would allow his tenants a six month grace period to pay rent, after the crops were sold.

Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The Phelans lose their farm and lose both Sean and James to disease, so Meav, Conor and the surviving children go to America. On the other hand Danny successfully kills Townsend in the end but he hangs for it and as such he can't live to see the child with Mary grow up. Liam is the only one left in Ireland and he's all alone.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The Phelans lose their farm and lose both Sean and James to disease, so Meav, Conor Connor and the surviving children go to America. On the other hand Danny successfully kills Townsend in the end but he hangs for it and as such he can't live to see the child he had with Mary grow up. Liam is the only one left in Ireland and he's all alone.]]


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* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Danny kills Townsend in the end, but by then half his family is dead and the surviving tenants have all agreed to move to America, and he's promptly hanged for the murder.]]


* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Phelans lose their farm and lose both Sean and James to disease, but Meav, Conor and the surviving children can look forward to a new life in America. On the other hand Danny successfully kills Townsend in the end but he hangs for it and as such he can't live to see the child with Mary grow up.]]



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: The Phelans lose their farm and lose both Sean and James to disease, so Meav, Conor and the surviving children go to America. On the other hand Danny successfully kills Townsend in the end but he hangs for it and as such he can't live to see the child with Mary grow up. Liam is the only one left in Ireland and he's all alone.]]



* HumiliationConga: Being evicted is really humiliating. Not only all your belongings tossed out of the cottage by a bunch of thugs, but the '''house is burned down''' to drive the point across.

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* HumiliationConga: Being evicted is really humiliating. Not only all your belongings tossed out of the cottage by a bunch of thugs, but the '''house is burned down''' to drive the point across. Oh, and nobody else of the estate is allowed to give you shelter either.


A 1995 mini-series coproduced by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{RTE}} based on an idea the [=McGann=] Brothers had, while they were researching their Irish heiritage. Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - two tenant farmers, a schoolmaster, and priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.

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A 1995 mini-series coproduced by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{RTE}} based on an idea the [=McGann=] Brothers had, while they were researching their Irish heiritage. Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - Connor (Mark) and Sean (Joe), two tenant farmers, Danny (Stephen) a schoolmaster, and Liam (Paul) a priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.


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* HumiliationConga: Being evicted is really humiliating. Not only all your belongings tossed out of the cottage by a bunch of thugs, but the '''house is burned down''' to drive the point across.


A 1995 mini-series coproduced by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{RTE}} based on an idea the [=McGann=] Brothers had, while they were researching their Irish heiritage. Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers a family of tennant farmers on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846, where no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.

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A 1995 mini-series coproduced by the Creator/{{BBC}} and Creator/{{RTE}} based on an idea the [=McGann=] Brothers had, while they were researching their Irish heiritage. Creator/PaulMcGann and his brothers [[RealLifeRelative Stephen, Mark, and Joe]] star as the Phelan Brothers - two tenant farmers, a family of tennant farmers schoolmaster, and priest who live on the estate of an English nobleman in County Donegal, Ireland during the Potato Famine of 1846, where 1846 - a time when no family on the estate can grow enough food to pay rent and feed themselves. The land agent Captain Towsend (Michael Kitchen) is somewhat sypmathetic to the farmers plight, but he resolves to follow his employeer's harsh instructions regardless. Face with starvation and eviction one brother decides to take matters into his own hands with disatorous consequences.


* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Townsend is sympathetic to the tenants plight and even tries to convince Lord Hawksborough to waive the rents until the famine has passed. But when Lord Hawksborough tells him to collect the rents regardless, Townsend then does his duty and goes around evicting tenants who can't pay and collecting rent from those who would starve if they ''did'' pay.
* JustFollowingOrders: Townsed's justification for his really harsh evictions of tenants who can't pay rent; he can do his job or resign from his job and he choses not to resign.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Townsend is sympathetic to the tenants plight and even tries to convince Lord Hawksborough to waive the rents until the famine has passed. But when Lord Hawksborough tells him to collect the rents regardless, Townsend then does his duty and goes around evicting tenants who can't pay and collecting rent from those who would starve if they ''did'' pay.
* JustFollowingOrders: Townsed's justification for his really harsh evictions of tenants who can't pay rent; he can do his job or resign from his job and he choses not to resign.



* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: How the group of nationalist who killed Townsend' predecessor feel about the British pressence.

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* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: How the group of nationalist who killed Townsend' predecessor feel about the British pressence.rule over Ireland.

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