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Troubles victims to share their stories in new TV series

Mary Hannon-Fletcher, who features in Survivors, a new BBC series on victims of the Troubles
Brendan Hughes

TROUBLES victims are to reflect on how the conflict impacted on their lives in a new three-part TV series.

Survivors features nine people who were injured or bereaved during the north's decades of violence.

They explore their personal experience, and how they continue to deal with their loss and physical and emotional injury.

The first episode features Mary Hannon-Fletcher, left paralysed after a sectarian attack; Tommy Larkham, who witnessed the UVF killing of a friend; and Peter Gibson, whose father was shot dead by the IRA.

The subsequent two episodes feature a further six people whose experiences of Troubles-related violence show the damage, past and present, inflicted on relatives and friends of those killed and maimed.

Jonathan Golden, producer of the BBC One Northern Ireland series, said: "The simple but profound aim of this series was to let a few victims and survivors reflect on the impact of the Troubles upon their lives.

"They are of course very powerful accounts of injury and loss, but also and crucially, of extraordinary courage and resilience.

"We are grateful to the Wave Trauma Centre for their support in bringing these stories to the screen."

Survivors begins on Tuesday January 9 at 10.40pm on BBC One Northern Ireland.

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