Good Arrows is a Film programme that first aired in 2009.

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Good Arrows (2009)

Directed by
Helen Grace
Irvine Welsh

Set in South Wales in the world of professional darts, this film is a comedy satire on the cult of minor celebrity.

Andy "The Arrows" Samson (Jonathan Lewis Owen, pictured) used to be big in the darts world - the Beckham of Darts. From working men's clubs to Las Vegas, he had played them all. But that was six years ago, when most of Wales went crazy when Andy beat his countryman Richie Burnett (in a cameo appearance as himself).

Now, as the subject of a fly-on-the-wall documentary, Andy and his wife - Big Sheila (Katy Brand) - are unintentionally revealing a wardrobe full of skeletons to interviewer Sebastian Weatherstone (Joe McKinney). Sebastian seeks to make a film about the world of professional darts that has fascinated him since his youth, a film about a working-class hero from a devastated, post-industrial working-class community, and above all, a film about what happens when the dream goes sour.

The documentary follows Andy's relationship with his ex-best friend and mentor Alwyn (Brian Hibbard), now to be found helping get a local junkie off heroin - albeit by supplying him with a slightly more unique drug to take its place - the unsavoury home-made hallucinogenic jenkum, or the ultimate credit-crunch drug, as Alwyn describes it. Big Sheila attempts to keep the money coming in and Andy away from the unwanted, and largely imagined, public spotlight, utilising the help of their driver/minder Ruffy (Jordan Long) - perhaps slightly more than Andy might like.

When Andy suffers a heart attack and loses his throwing skills, he is faced with some stark home truths. Alwyn thinks he has the solution to Andy's dilemma. Big Sheila, however, is piling on the hurt, and it's going to take a miracle to get Andy back at the oche...

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2009

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour


Jonny Owen...Andy 'The Arrows' Samson
Image for Joe McKinneyJoe McKinney...Sebastian
Sam Fletcher...Gaz
Shelley Rees...Lesley
Steve Meo...Driver
Image for Katy BrandKaty Brand...Big Sheila
Jordan Long...Ruffy
Image for Brian HibbardBrian Hibbard...Alwyn
Julie Barclay...Tray
Catrin Arwel...Megan
Dafydd Wyn Roberts...Rod
Rebecca Harries...Bar Lady
Eiry Hughes...Cathy Rees
Nick Wayland Evans...Mourner