The BBC has announced that Game of Thrones alum Aidan Gillen is set to portray the controversial Irish comedian Dave Allen in an upcoming one-off drama set to air on BBC Two.
Entitled Dave Allen at Peace, the one-hour drama is being directed by Andy De Emmony (Fantabulosa!) from a script by Stephen Russell (We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story) and will be framed around Gillen’s Allen perched on a stool as he looks back over his life and his 40-year career.
As per Deadline, it will ” explore how his comedy genius was shaped by the tragic loss of his father, his brother — and his finger — and how he survived decades of the Roman Catholic Church’s wrath, death threats from the IRA and a ban by Irish and Australian TV.”
Filming on Dave Allen at Peace will get underway this month, with a cast that also includes Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Tommy Tiernan (Father Ted) and Joanne Crawford (Line of Duty).