'The Troubles we've seen': film, television drama and the Northern Irish conflict in Britain

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This chapter examines films and television dramas dealing with the impact of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ in Britain and the controversies that they generated. It begins with a consideration of early TV dramas such as The Vanishing Army (1978) and Chance of a Lifetime (1980) dealing with the experiences of the returning British soldier. This is followed by an examination of the representation of the IRA’s activities on the British ‘mainland’ in productions such as The Patriot Game (1969), Hennessy (1975), Eighteen Months to Balcombe Street (1977) and The Long Good Friday (1979) as well as an analysis of how the miscarriages of justice that emerged in the wake of the IRA’s bombing campaigns were turned into (documentary)-dramas such as Who Bombed Birmingham? (1990) and In the Name of the Father (1993). The article then concludes with some consideration of the ‘peace process’ and the relative scarcity of dramas dealing with the divisions and tensions that were a feature of the earlier period
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Northern Ireland Troubles in Britain
Subtitle of host publicationImpacts, Engagements, Legacies and Memories
EditorsGraham Dawson, Jo Dover, Stephen Hopkins
PublisherManchester University Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5261-0850-0
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-9632-7 , 978-0-7190-9631-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

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