The life of revered Irish comedian Dave Allen is to be dramatised in a one hour drama, Dave Allen At Peace.
Allen, whose Dave Allen Show ran from 1972-1986, will be played by Aidan Gillen (aka Game of Thrones‘ very own “Littlefinger”). He received his first big break in Australia, hosting Tonight With Dave Allen on Nine in 1963 before later being fired.
Written by Stephen Russell (We’re Doomed: The Dad’s Army Story, Peaky Blinders), the drama will explore how Allen’s comedy genius was shaped by the tragic loss of his father, his brother… and his finger. How he survived decades of the Roman Catholic Church’s wrath, death threats from the IRA and a ban by Irish and Australian TV, only to have his television career end in controversy when he used the F-word in an innocuous joke.
It will be structured in affectionate homage to Allen’s original television format. From his famous bar stool, the comic will reflect on his formative years and showbiz career. Flashbacks, some visualised as comedy sketches, will intercut his bar stool repartee bringing significant moments to life.
BBC Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy and Commissioning says: “Dave Allen defined and pushed at the boundaries of where television comedy were set and paved the way for modern stand-up to tackle controversial themes and taboos. This film explores what shaped his trail-blazing career and celebrates this hugely popular comedian who ridiculed authority figures with a twinkle in his eye, a glass of whiskey and the most talked about finger in comedy history.”