My Mother And Other Strangers
November BBC ONE
When writer Barry Devlin was a boy in Northern Ireland in the 1950s, aeroplanes were a constant presence. “I grew up with sounds of Harvards and Prentices and Shackletons in my ears,” he says. These were planes flown by the RAF, but during the Second World War Americans were stationed in the area.
This provided the spark for Devlin’s new drama (“I knew the body language of how this worked”) which explores the effect of 4,000 Americans, “a kind of epitome of modernism”, arriving in remote Moybeg, which was “socially conservative, Catholic and very isolated on the shores of a lake, and with its own dialect”.
This makes the chemistry between a married local woman, Rose Coyne, and an American liaison officer, Captain Dreyfuss, all the more dangerous.
The drama is centred on a love triangle in a society and time that was far less forgiving of sexual transgressions.
“Dreyfuss becomes a key to the life she might have had,” says Devlin.