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Medicine And The Media

A day Sheffield will never forget

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1491
  1. Ed Walker

    I magine for a moment that Hillsborough never happened. Imagine that Jimmy McGovern's drama was pure fiction. The review might read: “A powerful film, but let down by an incredible storyline of conspiracies and cover ups and the crass, cliched portrayal of the police as insensitive and incompetent. A very poor show indeed from the man who penned Cracker.”

    But Hillsborough did happen, and the Granada drama on Thursday night was based on interviews with families of the victims, telling the truth as they see it. McGovern has attempted to tell the “story never told” about the day and its aftermath, the story that was effectively buried under piles of paperwork and statements. Not a story of drunken ticketless yobs, but a story of incompetent ill judged policing. It is easy to see why some would want to bury such a story. If South Yorkshire police feel hard done by, they …

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