Armadillo (2001– )
Lorimer Black is an insurance loss adjuster working for a ruthless employer. He investigates fires and gets on the wrong side of policyholders who do not receive full payouts as a result of... See full summary »


Howard Davies


William Boyd (novel), William Boyd (screenplay)


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Episode credited cast:
James Frain ... Lorimer Black
Catherine McCormack ... Flavia
Stephen Rea ... Hogg
Hugh Bonneville ... Torquil
James Fox ... Sir Simon
Neil Pearson ... Rintoul
Trevor Peacock ... Marlobe
Paterson Joseph ... Alan
Ian McNeice ... Ivan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moses Rockman Moses Rockman ... James


Lorimer Black is an insurance loss adjuster working for a ruthless employer. He investigates fires and gets on the wrong side of policyholders who do not receive full payouts as a result of his decisions. He has a sleep disorder and regularly goes to a sleep clinic. He has a gypsy background and seems ashamed of his family, so has changed his name. He falls in love with a woman he first sees on tv and then in a cab.

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5 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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A couple of reviewers were interested in the soundtrack for this series, so here are some sources patched together from a list that was posted on a James Frain website in the early 2000s, which apparently no longer exists. Based on the A&E version of the show these are the musical references, with attempts to match pieces with scenes. Incomplete but this should give people somewhere to start if they are trying to find out more about the music. Boyd's novel specifically mentions that Lorimer is listening to African music, and that seems to be an inspiration for the soundtrack. Apologies for any errors.

1)African-sounding music, drums/vocal, as Lorimer drives to warehouse - Yiriyayo (Baaba Maal) 2) beat instrumental, after Rappaport, as Lorimer sees Flavia for the first time 3) en route to sleep lab after company party - The Greatest Thing (Nat King Cole) 4) he goes to visit his family, with daffodils - Wassiye (Habib Koite) 5) classical music in Fortress Sure ad (stay true to yourself) Bach gavotte 6) electronic beat, en route to Fedora Palace fire site 7) watching TV after awakening, 5) again 8) beat - getting ready to meet Rintoul 9) Afro-Cuban, as he drives to Silverton house - M'Beddimi (Cheikh Lo) 10) en route to Gale-Harlequin - vocal and drums - Yiriyayo (Baaba Maal) repeats 1) 11) en route to meet Flavia - African (Cheikh Lo) 12) pop music playing at taxi office 13) driving to Priddion's Farm - Ye Ye Ye (Geoffrey Oryema) 14) classical music over dinner 15) classical music, repeat of 14), hurried departure 16) pop instrumental, en route to hotel site (same as 6) 17) Torq moves in - playing on stereo, Fejigno (Maryam Mursal) 18) en route to dinner with Flavia - N'jarinu Garab (Cheikh Lo) 19) dinner - slow acoustic guitar instrumental 20) after dinner - piano - Awa Y'okeyi (Papa Wemba) 21) Torq making out - pop 22) fanfare music at Sherriffmuir party 23) sees Flavia again, gives her the house key - theme from 19) 24) electronic beat - knocks over flower stall, puts on helmet - Ladilikan (Djigui) 25) becoming a whistle blower - vocal and stringed instrument - Kothbiro (Ayub Ogada) 26) acoustic guitar - Flavia at the new house - theme from 19) 27) frantic drive to Heathrow - Kufilaw(Maryam Mursal) 28) repeat 20) - Awa Y'okeyi (Papa Wemba)

Artist/Album Info (where possible) 1) "Yiriyayo" - Baaba Maal, Nomad Soul 3) "Nature Boy" - Nat King Cole, The Ultimate Collection 4) "Wassiye"-Habib Koite & Bamada, Ma Ya (Putomayo) - see also Africa (Putomayo) and Mondo Africa 5) "Gavotte 1 from Suite 3" - Bach, Essential Classics Vol. 1 9) "M'Beddemi" - Cheikh Lo, Bambay Gueej 11) "African" - Cheikh Lo, Bambay Gueej 13) "Ye Ye Ye" - Geoffrey Oryema, Exile 17) "Fejigno" - Maryam Mursal, The Journey (Real World label) 18) "N'Jarinu Garab" - Cheikh Lo, Bambay Gueej 20) "Awa Y'okeyi" - Papa Wemba, Molokai 24) "Ladilikan" - Djigui, Frikyiwa Collection Vol. 1 (Six Degrees Label) 25) "Kothbiro" - Ayub Ogada, En Mana Kuoyo (Real World label) 27) "Kufilaw" - Maryam Mursal, The Journey (Real World label)

Also ... "Harvest of the Steppes" - G Behar, USSR & Eastern Europe (KPM Music) "Cool Ticket" - Warren Bennett & Simon Smart, Essential Rhythm "Clutch" - Shea Seger, Clutch Single (and also on May St. Project) "Optomize (a)" - Richard Cottle, Dance Indie Mix 2 "Boccherini - Minuet" - Boccherini, Essential Classics Vol. 1 "Rondeau from Abdelazer" - Purcell, Essential Classics Vol. 1 "Flight of the Bumblebee" - Rimski-Korsakov, Classical Selection 2 "The Water Music - air Hornpipe" - Handel, Essential Classics Vol. 1 "Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit" - J.S. Bach, Naxos See more »

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