Lead Role for Damien Molony in upcoming BBC Radio 4 Drama ‘The Hill Bachelors’ | 3 June 2013


Mr Radio 4 Returns!

Damien Molony at Latitude Festival with Word Theatre, July 2012 source


Further to our report on Damien’s possible upcoming radio roles, we are delighted to confirm his role in ‘The Hill Bachelors‘, an upcoming radio drama on BBC Radio 4.

Gemma McMullan, Exec producer for BBC Radio in Belfast told us today,

I had the delight of working with Damien on The Hill Bachelors by William Trevor just before Christmas. It will broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 10th May at 2:15pm. Damien plays the lead role of “Paulie” alongside Fionnula Flanagan (“Lost”, “The Others”, The Guard”.)

Damien is an incredible talent and we very much hope he will do more radio work with us…and we hope to work with him much more in the future!”


We are guessing this rather lovely drawing tweeted by Damien 3 December last year is an artist’s impression of him in the Belfast recording studio!

The Hill Bachelors is a collection of classic short stories written by multi award winning irish author and playwright William Trevor, who has been described as ‘Ireland’s modern Chekov’.[1] Damien’s character ‘Paulie’ is the protagonist in the title story.

The Hill Bachelors Synopsis via Amazon

The unrequited love of “A Friend in the Trade”, the rejection of heroism in “The Mourning” or the renunciation of personal fulfilment, for familial or even national interests in “The Hill Bachelors” combine to establish pathos as the key tone of the collection. In the title story, 29-year-old Paulie returns to work the land of his fathers on a desolate hillside to the west of Ireland, full-knowing that this means he will never marry: “Enduring, unchanging, the hills had waited for him, claiming one of their own.”


Huge thanks to Gemma McMullan for confirming and for the broadcast info!

UPDATE: We have been given a new date for The Hill Bachelors, which now airs Monday 3 June at 2.15pm. Check back nearer the time for more news!


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[1] guardian.co.uk