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Estate of Brian Phelan

Estates, Playwright, Writer

    About Estate of Brian Phelan

    Brian Phelan was an Irish actor, dramatist, and screenwriter. In 1956, Phelan returned to Dublin to pursue his acting career. He appeared in productions at the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre with the Edwards McLiammoir Company, and the Pike Theatre in the 1950s.

    While he continued to work as a full-time actor in the 1960s, Phelan began his screenwriting career. His first television play was The Tormentors (1966), starring James Mason and Stanley Baker, produced by ATV. Writing predominantly for television, Phelan’s other works include The Russian Soldier (BBC, 1986), The Emigrants (BBC, 1977), In the Secret State (BBC, 1985), The Ivory Trade (HBO), and No Tears (RTÉ One, 2002). Phelan wrote for films as well, including Little Mother (also known as Woman of the Year, 1973), Honeybaby, Honeybaby (1974), and Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy (1989).

    TV

      • Production
      • Company
      • Notes
      • NO TEARS
      • Little Bird Productions/RTE
      • 4 part series which won a ‘Golden Nymph’ award for ‘Best Mini Series’ at the 42nd Monte Carlo Television Festival
      • THE TREATY
      • Thames/RTE
      • TV Movie, awarded the 1992 Irish Post Award, starred Julian Fellowes
      • CODED HOSTILE
      • Granada/HBO
      • Showcase starring Michael Muriarty, Michael Murphy and Harris Yusin, was nominated for the American Cable Academy Award for Best Drama of 1990
      • THE RUSSIAN SOLDIER
      • BBC
      • Directed by Gavin Millar, won the Sapporo Prize at the Tokyo Television Festival
      • IN THE SECRET STATE
      • BBC/Greenpoint
      • Adapted from the novel by Robert McCrum
      • KNOCKBACK
      • BBC
      • 2 x 90-minute film adaptation, won the 1988 ACE Award
      • BEING NORMAL
      • BBC
      • TV Movie adapted from Brian’s play
      • YOU’VE MADE YOUR BED; NOW LIE IN IT
      • 1969
      • LES AIGUILLEURS
      • French TV Movie adapted from Brian’s play of the same name
      • MURPHY’S STROKE
      • Thames Television
      • Directed by Frank Cvitanovich, won the Jacob’s Prize in Dublin
      • SCORPION TALES
      • ATV
      • Episode of TV Series
      • DAS DOPELLEBEN DES WILFRIED E.
      • TV Movie/Teleplay
      • HOLDING ON
      • LWT
      • 6 episodes
      • CHANCES FOR THE CHILDREN (
      • Episode of TV Series
      • FRAUENSIEDLUNG
      • THE COMPLIMENT
      • Anglia
      • TV movie
      • THE DISAPPEARING MAN
      • LWT
      • 1972
      • SEVEN FACES OF WOMAN
      • LWT
      • Episode of TV Series
      • THE SIGNALMAN’S APPRENTICE
      • ITV/Kestrel Productions/LWT
      • 1971
      • SPEAKING OF MURDER
      • Anglia
      • TV film
      • WHO WERE YOU WITH LAST NIGHT
      • BBC
      • 30 minute theatre
      • TORMENTORS
      • ITV
      • Brian’s first television play, starring James Mason and Stanley Baker

    Film

      • Production
      • Company
      • Notes
      • MANIKA, UNE VIE PLUS TARD
      • Raoul Katz
      • 1989
      • HONEYBABY, HONEYBABY
      • Heritage Enterprises Inc.
      • 1974
      • LITTLE MOTHER
      • Audubon Films
      • 1973

    Theatre

      • Production
      • Company
      • Notes
      • HIMSELF
      • Nuffield Theatre
      • Premiered at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, transferred to Dublin and starred Timothy West and Tony Doyle.
      • ARTICLE FIVE
      • I.C.A London
      • Staged at the I.C.A. London and the Dublin Theatre Festival
      • PADDY
      • Half Moon Theatre
      • NEWS
      • Soho Poly
      • WATCH THE WOMAN
      • 1973
      • THE SIGNALMAN’S APPRENTICE
      • His best-known play, has been produced in fourteen countries. nder the title LES AIGUILLEURS, the play ran for over a year in Paris starring Jacques Dufilho and Georges Wilson and in its Dublin production, Hilton Edwards and Michael MacLiammoir appeared together for the last time.