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BBFC RatingThe Journey

CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)Nick Hamm
Running Time1HR 34MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Timothy Spall (Ian Paisley) and Colm Meaney (Martin McGuinness) star in this dramatisation of the events preceding the historic 2006 St. Andrews Agreement.

The Journey is a dramatic comedy inspired by a major turning point in British and Irish history. The feature film focuses on the improbable friendship between two political titans. After 40 years of “the troubles” in Northern Ireland the leading players meet at St. Andrews to try and hammer out a final and lasting peace agreement. The success of the talks depend on the DUP’s Ian Paisley (Spall) and Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness (Meaney), two sworn enemies, agreeing to share power. With the talks in extreme crisis the pair are forced by circumstance, or perhaps fate, to take a car journey together. After a series of initial bitter exchanges, their conversation begins to shift and cracks emerge in their armour. Watched by their colleagues back at St. Andrews the rivals not only discover that they are not that dissimilar but begin to forge a friendship.

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