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01Episode One: Battle Lines20190812

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful,largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify to their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back there. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she thinks they continue to cast a long shadow. Now, expecting her first child, Ruth tries to unravel the events of August 1969 and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Actors: Peter Balance, Ian Beattie, Kieran Lagan, Tara Lynne O’ Neill, Patrick FitzSymons and Frankie McCafferty.

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Photo credit: Fondation Gilles Caron / Clermes

Access to material relating to the Scarman Tribunal report into violence and civil disturbances in Northern Ireland in 1969 was kindly provided by Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began.

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful and largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close to what happened. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify on their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she believes they continue to cast a long shadow. But now Ruth is expecting her first child and plans to raise her family in Northern Ireland. Ruth looks back through Scarman and archival news reports as she talks with her own parents to see if she can unravel the events of that fateful week and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode One:

Pitched battles rage between police and protesters in the Catholic Bogside area of Derry. By nightfall, CS gas is used on UK soil for the first time - but the violence is in danger of spreading...

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

The week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the violence of the Troubles.

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

02Episode Two: The Violence Spreads20190813

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful,largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify to their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back there. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she thinks they continue to cast a long shadow. Now, expecting her first child, Ruth tries to unravel the events of August 1969 and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Two:

As the Battle of the Bogside rages in Derry, calls come for the British Army to be deployed. Meanwhile in Belfast, a large crowd has gathered on the streets and the mood is turning ugly...

Actors: Niall Cusack, Frankie McCafferty, Peter Balance and Ian Beattie.

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Photo credit: Foundation Gilles Caron / Clermes

Access to material relating to the Scarman Tribunal report into violence and civil disturbances in Northern Ireland in 1969 was kindly provided by Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful and largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close to what happened. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify on their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she believes they continue to cast a long shadow. But now Ruth is expecting her first child and plans to raise her family in Northern Ireland. Ruth looks back through Scarman and archival news reports as she talks with her own parents to see if she can unravel the events of that fateful week and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Two:

As the Battle of the Bogside rages in Derry, calls come for the British Army to be deployed. Meanwhile in Belfast, a large crowd has gathered on the streets...

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

The week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the violence of the Troubles.

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

03Episode Three: Darkness Falls20190814

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful, largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify to their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back there. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she thinks they continue to cast a long shadow. Now, expecting her first child, Ruth tries to unravel the events of August 1969 and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Three: As street lights are extinguished in Belfast, Ruth's dad is caught up in the events which follow...

Actors: Richard Croxford and Patrick FitzSymons

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Picture credit: Foundation Gilles Caron/Clermes

Access to material relating to the Scarman Tribunal report into violence and civil disturbances in Northern Ireland in 1969 was kindly provided by Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful and largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close to what happened. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify on their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she believes they continue to cast a long shadow. But now Ruth is expecting her first child and plans to raise her family in Northern Ireland. Ruth looks back through Scarman and archival news reports as she talks with her own parents to see if she can unravel the events of that fateful week and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Three:

As British Army troops reach the streets of Derry, an exhausted city calms. But in Belfast large crowds are assembling at known sectarian flashpoints and street lights have been extinguished. Ruth’s dad - a Presbyterian Minister - finds himself caught up in the events which follow...

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

The week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the violence of the Troubles.

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

04Episode Four: From The Ashes20190815

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful, largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify to their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back there. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she thinks they continue to cast a long shadow. Now, expecting her first child, Ruth tries to unravel the events of August 1969 and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Four: As violence spreads, gangs of Protestants and Catholics across Belfast are preparing to fight for their areas...

Actors: Peter Ballance, Richard Croxford, Niall Cusack and Patrick FitzSymons

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Picture credit: Foundation Gilles Caron / Clermes

Access to material relating to the Scarman Tribunal report into violence and civil disturbances in Northern Ireland in 1969 was kindly provided by Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful and largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close to what happened. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify on their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she believes they continue to cast a long shadow. But now Ruth is expecting her first child and plans to raise her family in Northern Ireland. Ruth looks back through Scarman and archival news reports as she talks with her own parents to see if she can unravel the events of that fateful week and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Four:

Gangs of youths are armed with petrol bombs and bricks in Belfast. Houses have been set ablaze and fatalities recorded. The sound of bombs and machine gun fire reverberate through the city as troops move in...

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

The week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the violence of the Troubles.

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

05Episode Five: Generation Now20190816

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful, largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify to their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back there. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she thinks they continue to cast a long shadow. Now, expecting her first child, Ruth tries to unravel the events of August 1969 and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Five:

Whole streets of houses have been burned out in Belfast and thousands of evacuees are on the move. The ground has been set for religious and political divisions which continue in Northern Ireland to this day. 50 years on from August 1969, Ruth wants to know what hope there is for her new baby's generation...

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Picture credit: Foundation Gilles Caron / Clermes

Access to material relating to the Scarman Tribunal report into Violence and Civil Disturbances in Northern Ireland in 1969 was kindly provided by Special Collections, Queen’s University Belfast.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

How the violence of the Northern Ireland Troubles began

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4

There's no definitive account of the week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the full-scale violence of the troubles. But the powerful and largely forgotten testimonies heard soon after by the Scarman Tribunal can help bring us close to what happened. Chaired by distinguished judge, Lord Leslie Scarman, the tribunal compelled witnesses from all sides to testify on their experience of the events which led to the breakdown of law and order and the British Army being deployed.

Ruth Sanderson grew up in Northern Ireland and recently moved back. While she wasn't born when the Troubles started, she believes they continue to cast a long shadow. But now Ruth is expecting her first child and plans to raise her family in Northern Ireland. Ruth looks back through Scarman, archival news reports and talks with her own parents to see if she can unravel the events of that fateful week and ask whether their legacy can ever be lifted.

Episode Five:

Whole streets of houses have been burned out in Belfast and thousands of evacuees are on the move. The ground has been set for religious and political divisions which continue in Northern Ireland to this day. 50 years on from August 1969, Ruth wants to know what hope there is for her new baby's generation...

Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne

Music: David Holmes featuring Gerry Diver on violin

The week in August 1969 when Northern Ireland erupted into the violence of the Troubles.

Documentary series from BBC Radio 4