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John-Paul McCarthy: Take a bow, Tommie, and we await your knighthood

The RTE journalist's documentary on the Queen's visit avoided the usual cliches, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Published 01/01/2012 | 05:00

WHY was Tommie Gorman's documentary on the Queen's Irish visit so good? Firstly, it was unhurried and each contributor was given plenty of time to develop their thoughts and reveal their character. And unlike previous RTE documentaries on the bailout and the waning days of the McAleese presidency, Gorman did not clutter his narrative with talking heads.

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Instead of the predictable cliches of the Fintan O'Toole/Diarmaid Ferriter/ John Bowman faction, Gorman cast a wide net.

He gave us fascinating testimony from the driver of the British ambassador who was murdered in Dublin in 1976, as well as some moving reflections on Anglo-Irish history from the Durkan family.

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