BBC drama Mother's Day is tipped for awards success

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

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.

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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:











"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:













Could the drama scoop up when it comes to awards season? Viewers certainly hope so:







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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