006 Contemporary Drama – Old
Aonach Hourn was an amazing and really quite memorable 15 Minute Drama hinging in part on the performance of Mark Bonnar as Cormick. In isolated Scotland one night in December, an avalanche from Aonach Hourn descends on the town of Rosscoile, killing dozens of schoolchildren. Eight years later, pairs of husbands and wives (bereaved parents) are dealing with the tragedy in their own ways. Morna (Eiry Thomas) and Thomas (Reece Shearsmith) have found religion or spirituality, while the more pragmatic Cormick and Sally (Amy Manson) are simply bitterness incarnate. Cormick has a secret: he and local GP Nancy (Promise Fulstow) have been having an affair. Nancy is about to end it, as she wants to leave the village. Cormick doesn’t think his wife Morna knows about it, but on the anniversary of the avalanche, Morna kills herself. Thomas and Sally had come to Rosscoile to live “off the grid,” with Thomas having become a Church of England minister. After Morna’s death, Cormick goes missing. On the mountain, he finds a girl in a coma, who appears to be his laughter daughter, Flora. As the drama goes on, it’s difficult to know what is reality and what is fantasy. Cormick is not a nice person; he is bitter, cruel, and selfish, and yet you really want to believe with him that his daughter is miraculously alive. Aonach Hourn was written by James Payne and directed by James Robinson in 2014.