C4 to Go Ahead with Movie on Bloody Sunday

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Byline: IAN STARRETT

CHANNEL 4 are to go ahead with screening the movie they are making about Bloody Sunday - long before Lord Saville's Inquiry into the shootings of 13 civilians in Londonderry on January 30, 1972, announces its findings.

It had been thought that this film - and a big screen version about Bloody Sunday which features Cold Feet star James Nesbitt - would both be witheld until the official Government-ordered probe into the shootings would reach its verdict in about two years time.

But Channel 4, no strangers to controversial programming, are set to screen their dramatisation on January 28, 2002.

It has been written by Jimmy McGovern whose drama-documentary on the Hillsborough football disaster was widely acclaimed.

McGovern could, however, face a barrage of criticism when his interpretation of the Bloody Sunday happenings in the Bogside hits the small screens next January for unionists who observed scenes being shot on location in Londonderry have expressed fears that the film will contain a strong anti-British bias, plunging Channel 4 into further controversy.

Families of the dead and injured were fully consulted before the script was finished and filming began.

It was mainly filmed on location in the Bogside and Creggan earlier this year, except for the scenes involving the Rossville flats which had to be recreated on a set in Manchester because the original flats were demolished years ago. …