Safe and Sound (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Buddy Show [TV], Comedy of Manners, Sitcom [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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The religious differences that have for many years torn Northern Ireland asunder were played for laughs on the British sitcom Safe and Sound. Much of the action took place in a Belfast garage, co-owned by longtime buddies Tommy Delaney (Des McAleer) and Dougy Flynn (Sean McGinley). Despite the fact that Tommy was Catholic and Dougy was Protestant, the two men remained close chums, if a bit combative at times. Further cementing the bond between the two protagonists was Dougy's fondness for Tommy's sister, Eleanor (Michelle Fairley), a will-of-the-wisp who preferred partying to marriage. Also in the cast was Gabrielle Reidy as Tommy's ex-wife, Maggie. A Witzend production, Safe and Sound was carried by BBC1 for six half-hour episodes, seen between August 9 and September 13, 1996.