The Steamie

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The Steamie
Genre Comedy-drama
Format Television film
Written by Tony Roper
Directed by Haldane Duncan
Starring Eileen McCallum
Dorothy Paul
Katy Murphy
Sheila Donald
Peter Mullan
Caroline Paterson
Composer(s) Dave Anderson
Country of origin Scotland
Original language(s) Scots
(Glasgow Scots)
No. of episodes 1
Production
Executive producer(s) Robert Love
Producer(s) Sandy Ross
Haldane Duncan
Location(s) Glasgow, Scotland
Cinematography Billy Morton
Alan Nicol
Running time 78 minutes,
49 seconds
Production company(s) Scottish Television
(now STV Productions)
Broadcast
Original channel Scottish Television (STV)
Original airing December 31, 1988 (1988-12-31)

The Steamie is a comedy-drama stage play, written by Rab C. Nesbitt actor Tony Roper. It followed the lives of a group of 1950s Glasgow women washing their clothes in a public washhouse (steamie). It was first performed at the Crawford Theatre, Glasgow in 1987.

A television version was made by Scottish Television for Hogmanay 1988. It gained immediate popularity, and has been repeated many times over the years. It starred Dorothy Paul, Eileen McCallum, Katy Murphy, Sheila Donald, Faye Milligan and Peter Mullan. Future EastEnders cast member Caroline Paterson made a cameo appearance. Haldane Duncan co-produced and directed it. A novelisation, also by Roper, was published in 2005.

The Steamie came second in an online poll for the television 'list' show STV's Top 30 Best Loved Shows,1 shown on Saturday 3 January 2009. The following day, a short documentary - The Steamie Story was broadcast on STV, marking the 21st anniversary of its first TV transmission. This was followed by the show itself. The Steamie is available to view in full on the STV Player.2

References

  1. ^ "stv's Top 30 Best Loved Shows". stv.tv. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  2. ^ "The Steamie". STV Player. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 

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