Tonight (September 3), the BBC aired new drama Mother's Day, from Nick Leather, the writer of Broken and Murdered for Being Different.
Telling the story of the 1993 Warrington bomb attack by the IRA, the one-off episode focused on two women: grieving mother Wendy Parry (Anna Maxwell-Martin) and Susan McHugh (Vicky McClure), an Irish woman so horrified over the death of two children that she started a movement for peace in Ireland.
McClure's Line of Duty castmate Daniel Mays starred as Wendy's husband Colin.
The hour-and-a-half-long drama combined real-life footage from the time with the filmed scenes, and had the blessing of the actual Parry and McHugh families.
Viewers were full of praise for Mother's Day, although due to the subject matter, it was not an easy watch:
@DanielMays9 @Vicky_McClure we are only 23 minutes in, and I can already tell you that #MothersDay is a stunning piece of work. Congratulations to all involved. I imagine it was heartbreaking to film at times. But a very important story to tell. Love x- Mary Poppins (@MaryRosePoppins) September 3, 2018
#MothersDay reaffirms why preventing violence is so vital, political, gang- every kind. Horrifying to think that the Parry's experience is still a daily occurance in some parts of the world.- Rob Deeks (@rob_deeks) September 3, 2018
This has been the best thing on the BBC for a long time. Gripping, heartbreaking and palpable. #MothersDay- Nick of the North (@PeripateNic) September 3, 2018
Sometimes tv excels and produces something outstanding and relevant, this one such occasion #MothersDay- Simon Edwards (@tumblerow) September 3, 2018
The mixture of real footage and new footage is making this a very honest but difficult watch. Utterly heartbreaking #mothersday- Sue Riot (@SueRiot) September 3, 2018
"This has been the best thing on the BBC for a long time," one person wrote. "Gripping, heartbreaking and palpable."
The actors were also lauded for their performances, especially Daniel Mays, who was described as having "transformed" visually for his role as Colin Parry:
Some of the best actors this country has produced. Superb #MothersDay- Wooks (@wookster999) September 3, 2018
Anna Maxwell Martin is such an amazing actress in that I instantly believe everything she says. Doesn’t matter who she’s playing or in what setting, I 100% believe she IS that character. There’s no sense of pretence there #mothersday- Snarglepip 😻 (@Snarglepip) September 3, 2018
Could the drama scoop up when it comes to awards season? Viewers certainly hope so:
Wow how good is #MothersDay gripping tv and only 9 minutes in. The emotions of the actors are totally not believable - real. And the attention to detail is amazing. Even the way it’s filmed shouts 1993. Roll out the awards! @Vicky_McClure- Sam Fathers (@fathead1987) September 3, 2018
Aforementioned and unfortunate lack of diversity aside, I predict the moving, inspiring #MothersDay will deservedly trouser a load of awards. Incredibly well acted and scripted.- Danny Flexen (@DannyFlexen) September 3, 2018
Nick Leather spoke to Digital Spy at a media screening of the film, and he talked about how he was affected personally by the attack, and how he felt like his original script didn't do the Parry and McHugh families justice.
Mother's Day is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer.
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