Preview – 66 Days

Bobby Sands

This documentary about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands attracted a fair amount of criticism when it first aired in Northern Ireland last month. Now it is getting a wider airing.

In 1981, Sands, a member of the Provisional IRA and a once elected MP, died after a 66-day long hunger strike inside the Maze Prison. The protest gained attention across the world.

Film-maker Brendan J. Byrne examines the history of the strike, using archive footage and readings from Sands’s diary, plus interviews with those who knew the man, as well as historians, journalists, medics and sociologists.

66 Days is on BBC Four at 21.00.