Peter Taylor: My Journey Through the Troubles

Peter Taylor: My Journey Through the Troubles
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Review

Journalist Peter Taylor reported on the Troubles for nearly 50 years. “It’s part of my DNA,” he tells the camera at the start of a thoughtful, harrowing 90-minute account (first shown in Northern Ireland) of key moments in that dark and violent time, including Bloody Sunday and the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Drawing on archive footage, both reportage and his own contemporary interviews with those directly involved, Taylor brings his own perspective on the 50th anniversary of the arrival of British troops on the streets of Northern Ireland.

His intimate network of contacts led Taylor to just about everyone, including Martin McGuinness: “I could admire him and the journey he’d made from war to peace.”

Summary

Journalist Peter Taylor presents a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the deployment of British troops in August 1969. Peter reflects on his experiences of covering the Northern Ireland conflict for almost a half century. Peter has written a number of books on political violence, exploring the Troubles from British, Loyalist and Republican points of view. This film is a highly personal account of the key events of the Troubles and the enduring legacies of the conflict, drawing on Peter's experiences of reporting from the region.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Peter Taylor
Executive Producer Sam Collyns
Producer Maurice May
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