Complaints rejected over Bloody Sunday dramas

A pair of controversial TV dramas dealing with events surrounding Bloody Sunday have been cleared of bias by a television regulator.

A pair of controversial TV dramas dealing with events surrounding Bloody Sunday have been cleared of bias by a television regulator.

Viewers had complained that ITV's Bloody Sunday and Channel 4's film Sunday were one-sided.

And they said they should not have been screened before conclusion of the public inquiry into the events of the 1972 shootings in Derry.

The Independent Television Commission has ruled that the programmes did not breach programme guidelines on impartiality.

It received separate complaints about the dramatisations, which it said were "inevitably controversial".

The films were shown within eight days of each other to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the bloodbath. The incident saw 13 civilian civil rights marchers shot dead by British paratroopers.

Bloody Sunday, which starred James Nesbitt, prompted 11 complaints and was "sympathetic" to the victims "but not at the expense of other perspectives" the ITC decided.

The regulator said the film also sought to show the difficulties faced by the army which itself had run up a number of casualties in the preceding months.

Six viewers were unhappy with C4's Sunday, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Christopher Eccleston.

The ITC said the Paras were seen as "more starkly brutal" and gave less detail in trying to put the history of the troubles into context.

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