Dubbed review marks Ulster anniversary

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CHANNEL 4 is to headline a week of programmes marking the 25th anniversary of the sending of British troops to Northern Ireland with a documentary that has had to be almost completely dubbed because of government restrictions, writes Maggie Brown.

In the Frontline piece, Malachi O'Doherty assesses the stalled peace initiative and the chances of the IRA agreeing to an end to violence.

The week of programmes - featuring Irish commentators and writers under the theme The Long War - also includes Mary Holland's award-winning 1979 documentary from the Catholic Creggan Estate in Derry, along with a new film about the Protestant Shankill.

Brian Keenan, the former hostage, talks to nine people about how the troubles have affected their lives and Loved Ones will present portraits of 26 people who have died. Peter Salmon, controller of factual programmes, said the aim was to show the people behind the statistics.