As a child growing up in Southern Ireland, my knowledge of Belfast was shaped by news shots of bomb blasts and demonstrators being forced back with water cannons and plastic bullets. The 'Billy Trilogy' was the first time I ever saw another side to the lives of people living in Belfast at the time. Although I was only about 10 then, I really enjoyed the televised plays (as I think they were?) and remember Kenneth Branagh's portrayal of Billy the clearest. It was a real eye-opener to see other aspects of the lives of the people of Belfast with the Troubles used only as a back-drop instead of the main focus. The plays were well ahead of their time and I would gladly watch them again today.
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