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Drama telling story of devastating impact of Warrington bombing to be broadcast tonight

Vicky McClure plays peace rally organiser Susan McHugh in new factual drama, Mother's Day. Picture by BBC

A NEW drama telling the story of the devastating impact of the Warrington bombing is to be broadcast tonight.

Mother's Day focuses on two ordinary women living on either side of the Irish Sea brought together following the 1993 tragedy.

The one-off 90 minute drama, which was filmed in Belfast, examines the events, aftermath and public response to the Warrington bombing.

Two devices planted in separate litter bins detonated within minutes of each other close to one of the town's busiest shopping streets, claiming the lives of two boys Johnathan Ball and Tim Parry and leaving more than 50 people injured.

It was a Saturday and the day before Mother's Day.

The BBC programme focuses on Tim's mother Wendy Parry, played by Anna Maxwell Martin and his father Colin, played by Daniel Mays, and looks at how they dealt with the loss of their 12-year-old son.

It examines their campaign for peace in Northern Ireland and how their son and three-year-old Johnathan became symbols of peace during the Troubles.

The drama also looks at events in Dublin, where housewife Susan McHugh - enraged by the attacks - organised rallies to campaign for peace.

Played by Vicky McClure, the mother-of-two led thousands through the streets in protest at the continued violence of the Troubles.

After hearing of the Warrington tragedy, she said she felt the impulse to pick up the phone to book a hall at Trinity College, Dublin and later announced on a radio phone-in the holding of a protest meeting.

She said at the time she wanted to tell the IRA that ''enough is enough'' after the Warrington atrocity.

Thousands of men and women joined the rally, which was seen at the time as one of the biggest peace demonstrations in Dublin with poets, actors and singers among those to call for peace.

McClure, star of Line of Duty, previously said: "Susan McHugh's actions back in 1993 remain just as inspirational today as they were 25 years ago.

"I feel truly privileged to play her in this incredibly moving new film."

Mother's Day is on BBC Two tonight at 9pm.

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