Saville inquiry as drama

To mark next Tuesday’s publication of the Saville report,  BBC Radio 4  are repeating the two parts of  “Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry” tomorrow  night Friday at nine and on Saturday at half two.  Based on the unadorned transcripts of the hearings,  this was first performed at  Kilburn’s Tricycle theatre (where I saw it six years ago) and on radio in 2008.  Although I approached it with some weariness ( and wariness), I was quickly gripped by it,  impressed by the authenticity of the setting and the fairness of how the material was selected,  as an occasional attender  of the London hearings.

The BBC’s decision to run the plays  seems to have been taken fairly late. Part 1 on  Friday wasn’t billed in the London edition of Radio Times.  Saturday’s, in the next edition of the listings paper, made it.

Adds Arrangments  for advance sight of the report by relatives have been made, before  a Commons statement by the Prime Minister at 3 . 30 pm next Tuesday, and on line publication.

  • madraj55

    BW. I attended the hearings at the Guildhall many times, and even a couple of days at the central Methodist Hall sessions when Paras chief Derek Wilford was being questioned. Very impressed with the conduct of the hearings..

  • CW

    I heard the radio play when it was broadcast a few years ago. It stars Jim McDonald formerly of Coronation St as one of the witnesses giving evidence. Playing himself as usual – ie salt of the earth working man who you wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of – although the accent’s more Belfast than Derry. Not a bad actor, but his range of characters is limited.

  • Henry94

    Saville will conclude that a number of the fatal shootings of civilians by British soldiers were unlawful killings, the Guardian has learned.