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Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
David Morrissey ...  Ripley Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Sarah Parish ...  Natalie Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Thomas Morrison Thomas Morrison ...  Danny Holden 6 episodes, 2004
David Tennant ...  D.I. Peter Carlisle 6 episodes, 2004
Georgia Taylor ...  Shyanne Holden 6 episodes, 2004
Steve Pemberton ...  Adrian Marr 6 episodes, 2004
David Bradley ...  Hallworth 6 episodes, 2004
Bryan Dick ...  D.C. Blythe 6 episodes, 2004
Kevin Doyle ...  Steve 6 episodes, 2004
David Hounslow ...  DCI Jim Allbright / ... 6 episodes, 2004
Jacqueline Pilton Jacqueline Pilton ...  Ruth 6 episodes, 2004
Lisa Millett ...  Hailey 6 episodes, 2004
John Thomson ...  Terry Corlette 6 episodes, 2004
Michelle McCaw Michelle McCaw ...  Chantelle 6 episodes, 2004
Jim Whelan ...  Deaf Barry 5 episodes, 2004
Connie Walker Connie Walker ...  Karen 4 episodes, 2004
Joe Armstrong ...  Mark Reed 3 episodes, 2004
James Cartwright ...  Mike Hooley 2 episodes, 2004
Cathryn Bradshaw ...  Mary Webb 2 episodes, 2004
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Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.

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David Tennant and David Morrissey would both work together later on Doctor Who the Christmas episode "the Next Doctor". See more »

Quotes

D.I. Peter Carlisle: Ah, Freud would say that your jokes reveal a truth buried in your subconscious.
Ripley Holden: Oh, what do you know, a copper who's read a book.
D.I. Peter Carlisle: Well, if I'd read two books, maybe I'd run an amusement arcade.
Ripley Holden: Yeah, well I wouldn't know about that. I run a family entertainment arcade.
D.I. Peter Carlisle: And I'm a crime-citizen-interface consultant.
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Remade as Viva Laughlin (2007) See more »

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The Secrets That You Keep
Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman
Performed by Sarah Parish
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Excellent series
10 February 2007 | by galadrialSee all my reviews

I just bought the DVD of this series, as I have recently become a huge fan of David Tennant. I was planning to watch it in 6 installments, but by the end of the first episode, I was intrigued by the story and ended up watching it all in one session. The writing is excellent, with fine performances, and the use of popular songs as part of the narrative works well. David Morrissey plays the central character of Ripley Holden, who is essentially quite hard to like because of his attitudes and practices, but he manages to create sympathy for him by the end. David Tennant shows his fine acting skills (and his lovely Scottish accent), and is particularly winning in his scenes with Julie Parish. All in all, a very fine production.


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