15 certificateBloody Sunday is a Film programme that first aired in 2002 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Bloody Sunday is a 4 star programme

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Bloody Sunday (2002)

Directed by
Paul Greengrass

First shown in 2002, this television film about the 1972 Bloody Sunday atrocities in Derry, Northern Ireland, was a tour-de-force for James Nesbitt and a powerful production all round. Shot in a documentary cinéma vérité style, often using hand-held cameras, it traces the events that led up to the tragic incident when a protest march, led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper, was fired upon by British troops, killing 13 protesters and wounding 14 more.

Nesbitt (pictured) is a revelation as Ivan Cooper. Arguably his best role to date, Nesbitt doesn't over-embellish things, initially keeping the portrayal understated, but responding strongly as the tragic events unfold. Tim Pigott-Smith is equally strong as the upright, stiff-upper-lip major in charge of the British operation that goes badly wrong.

Difficult viewing, but highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2002

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/Ireland

Filmed in Colour


Image for James NesbittJames Nesbitt...Ivan Cooper
Allan Gildea...Kevin McCorry
Gerard Crossan...Eamonn McCann
Mary Moulds...Bernadette Devlin
Carmel McCallion...Bridget Bond
Image for Tim Pigott-SmithTim Pigott-Smith...Major General Ford
Image for Nicholas FarrellNicholas Farrell...Brigadier Maclellan
Image for Christopher VilliersChristopher Villiers...Major Steele
James Hewitt...Col. Tugwell
Declan Duddy...Gerry Donaghy
Edel Frazer...Gerry's girl
Joanne Lindsay...Mary Donaghy
Mike Edwards...Soldier 027
Gerry Hammond...Para F
Jason Stammers...Para G
Ken Williams...Para H
Bryan Watts...Para E
Simon Mann...Col. Wilford
Rhidian Bridge...Major Loden
Jonathan O'Donnell...Jim