Race to the Polls
Six months after the BNP by-election victory in London's East End, how have recent events affected the build-up to the local elections in May? Producer Lucy Pilkington
Series producer Nick Powell
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The Case against Modern Parenting.
Far from being seen and not heard, children and their interests are now at the heart of the modern family's concerns, with handbooks, magazines and advice columns all promoting the concept of "child centred" parenting. But has something gone wrong as a result? Catherine Bennett argues that in paying so much attention to the claims of children, we risk losing sight of the wider needs of society.
A Juniper production for BBCtv
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Pope Pius XII declared 1954 to be a "Marian Year", dedicated to the glory of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All over Ireland, grottos sprang up in her honour except, according to Barry Devlin's drama, in the parish of Eglish.
Influenced by an enthusiastic priest, a 10-year-old altar boy believes himself to be experiencing visions. First of all he encounters Barabbas, the Good Thief of the New
Testament (a cameo role by Gabriel Byrne); then he is found talking to a statue of the Virgin in the parish church. The people of Eglish believe they have witnessed a miracle.
Tom Wilkinson, as Father McAteer, makes his first of two appearances in the current Screen Two series, playing priests on both occasions (he co-stars in Priest later in the run). Writer/director Barry Devlin is best known in Ireland as the lead singer of 70s Celtic rock band Horslips.
Producer Katy McGuinness
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