Film, TV and radio adaptations


Echoes [1988]

Geraldine James
Siobhan Garahy
Denise McCormack
Robert Hines
Stephen Holland
Dermot Crowley
John Kavanagh

Screenplay by Barbara Rennie, Julia Jones, Donald Churchill, Maeve Binchy
Music by Richard Holmes, Tony Britten
Directed by Barbara Rennie
Produced by Rebecca O’Brien; Executive Producers: Tim Bevan, Sarah Radclyffe for Channel 4 TV and Working Title Films

Available to watch on Channel 4

The Lilac Bus [1990]

Stephanie Beacham
Beatie Edney
Rynagh O’Grady
Dervla Kirwan
Brendan Conroy

Screenplay by Shane Connaughton
Music by Ilona Sekacz
Directed by Giles Foster Producer Jonathan Cavendish

Available on DVD from the BBC Shop

Circle of Friends [1995]

Minnie Driver
Chris O’Donnell
Colin Firth
Geraldine O’Rawe
Saffron Burrows
Alan Cumming

Screenplay by Andrew Davies
Music by Michael Kamen
Directed by Pat O’Connor
Produced by Lantana Productions, Frank Price, Kenith Trodd and others

Tara Road [2005]

Andie MacDowell
Brenda Fricker
Stephen Rea
Olivia Williams
Iain Glen
Jean-Marc Barr

Screenplay by Cynthia Cidre and Shane Connaughton
Music by John E Keane
Directed by Gillies Mackinnon
Produced by Noel Pearson, Sarah Radclyffe and others

The Anner House [2007]

Liam Cunningham
Flora Montgomery
Conor Mullen

Screenplay by Anne-Marie Casey
Music by Rennicks & Drumm and Freshly Ground
Directed by Stephen Burke
Produced by James Mitchell

Available on DVD from the BBC Shop

How About You? [2007]

Vanessa Redgrave
Joss Ackland
Hayley Atwell
Brenda Fricker
Imelda Staunton
Joan O’Hara

Screenplay by Jean Pasley
Music by Niall Byrne
Directed by Anthony Byrne
Produced by Noel Pearson, Sarah Radclyffe and others


BBC dramatized audio


The Homecoming and Other Stories

Four short stories, exclusively written for BBC Radio 4

The Homecoming
Telling Stories
The Interview

Readers: Sean Campion, Joanna Myers, Patricia Hodge, Kate Binchy

Available from the BBC Shop

The Garden Party and Other Stories

Four short stories as heard on BBC Radio 4

The Garden Party
The Special Sale
The Sensible Celebration
Dolly’s Mother

Readers: Niamh Cusack, Dervla Kirwan, Doreen Hepburn, Stella McCusker

No Nightingales, No Snakes

Full-cast dramatisations of five short stories, specially adapted for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

The Night People Came In For Something That Was No Trouble
The Stepson
Decisions At Sea
The Answer Machine
By The Time We Get To Clifden

Cast includes Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb

Available from the BBC Shop