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Everyone has a Tully Dawson (Tony Curran) - the friend who defines your life. In the summer of 1986, in a small Scottish town, Jimmy (Martin Compston) and Tully ignite a brilliant friendship based on music, films and the rebel spirit.

With school over and the locked world of their fathers before them, they rush towards the climax of their youth - a magical weekend in Manchester, the epicentre of everything that inspires them in working-class Britain.

There, against the greatest soundtrack ever recorded, a vow is made: to go at life differently. Thirty years on, half a life away, the phone rings. Tully has the worst kind of news, and a request that will test their friendship, love, and loyalty to the limit…

Adapted by Andrea Gibb (Elizabeth Is Missing) from Andrew O’Hagan’s acclaimed novel of the same name and directed by Peter Mackie Burns (Rialto) and produced by Synchronicity Films (The Cry), Mayflies is a memorial to youth’s euphoria and to everyday tragedy. A tender goodbye to an old union, it discovers the joy and the costs of love.

Mayflies is a Synchronicity Films production, a co-commission with BBC Scotland in association with All3Media International with support from Screen Scotland (2x60”) for BBC One, BBC Scotland and BBC iPlayer.

It was commissioned by Ben Irving, Acting Director of Drama, Gaynor Holmes, BBC Drama Commissioning Editor and co-commissioned by Louise Thornton, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning for BBC Scotland.

Mayflies is produced by Brian Kaczynski and executive produced by Claire Mundell for Synchronicity Films, Andrea Gibb, Andrew O’Hagan, Gavin Smith for BBC Scotland and Gaynor Holmes for BBC Drama.


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