Picture by Outi Les Pyy
On the other hand there were several things about the programme that made it for me a Bad Thing. It had as presenter Darragh McIntyre, who is rapidly morphing into a latter-day Fergal Keane. It’s prejudice on my part, of course: but I simply find both men too well-fed, too well-groomed, too look-at-me-crusading. I’m sure they’re both lovely people but I can’t stand them. I also found the use of dramatic background music almost insulting: as though the programme makers thought the bullet-holes and blood-soaked ground might not move us sufficiently on their own.
Lastly, I found myself asking the question ”Why now?”. The great majority of the cases highlighted occurred ten, twenty, thirty years ago. And there were lots of people claiming collusion. Did it never cross the minds of any of the professional journalists from the BBC at the time that this might be going on? If it didn’t, what does that say about their professional competence? If it did and they sang dumb, what does that say about their personal integrity?