My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me

In 1988, when Patrick Kielty was just 16, his father was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries.

On the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, he sets out on a personal journey to unpick the past, present, and future of an agreement that had a profound impact on his life and the whole of the United Kingdom.

At the height of the Troubles, three men were charged with the killing, convicted of the crime, and sentenced to life in prison. Ten years later, the Good Friday Agreement was signed, setting out a path to peace in Northern Ireland. But for Patrick that peace came at a price: under the terms of the settlement the men convicted of his father’s murder walked free.

Back then Patrick Kielty was making his name as a comedian who fearlessly confronted the sectarianism and violence of the Troubles.

He now wants to know what the Good Friday Agreement means for ordinary people, what the last 20 years have delivered and what Brexit means for the future. And if he can still make people laugh about life and politics in Northern Ireland.

My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me is scored by Nainita Desai whose other 2018 commissions include Earth’s Natural Wonders (BBC One) and the forthcoming flagship series Rituals (BBC 2). It is produced by Dragonfly for BBC One. Richard Bond and Ruth Shurman are the Executive Producers. Leo Burley produces.

Broadcast on BBC One on Wednesday 4 April at 9pm.

Patrick Kielty

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