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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Don't confuse the working class with the welfare class

Uncomfortable questions: Karen Matthews with her daughter’s favourite teddy during an appeal for her safe return in 2008
Uncomfortable questions: Karen Matthews with her daughter’s favourite teddy during an appeal for her safe return in 2008
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

We're experiencing a glut of good drama, the likes of which we have never seen before. You could even argue that we're going through a Golden Age of TV. Last Tuesday saw one perfect example - The Moorside.

This wasn't just based on the infamous Shannon Matthews abduction case from nearly a decade ago - it seemed at times like an exact recreation. Using recorded testimony from the key players and featuring the ultra reliable Sheridan Smith as a concerned neighbour who rallied her community, the programme, and the subsequent response to it, raised some uncomfortable questions both in Britain and, if we're honest, for us in Ireland.

First, a quick recap, for those who either can't remember or simply put the case out of their mind.

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