FACE DOWN - The Disappearance of Thomas Niedermayer

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Gerry Gregg
Writer(s)David Blake Knox
Running Time1HR 30MINS
Extra InfoRec 15+
SeasonMain Programme

On 27 December 1973, a nightmare began for an entire family. Thomas Niedermayer, Germany's Honorary Consul to Northern Ireland and the manager of the Grundig Factory in West Belfast, was kidnapped from his home in Belfast.

His wife, Ingeborg, and his daughters Renate and Gabriele, spent the next seven years not knowing if Thomas was alive or dead. Then, in 1980, an IRA defector provided the RUC with information that led to the recovery of Thomas's body. But the Niedermayer's trauma did not end there. In the years that followed the emotional toll would decimate the family.

Thomas and Ingeborg’s only granddaughters, Tanya and Rachel, were told nothing of this history when they were growing up. Now, 50 years after their grandfather was kidnapped, they have embarked on a painful journey of discovery, to find out the shocking truth of what really happened half-a-century ago.

‘Gripping...chilling.’ - Donald Clarke, The Irish Times

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