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The Day Mountbatten Died review – an atrocity that still haunts lives four decades on

This gut-wrenching film was an unflinching look at the hell one day caused to so many – and a plea to remember the human cost of the Troubles

It has been 40 years since Lord Mountbatten was killed – or “executed” as the IRA put it – while on a boat trip during his annual Irish summer holiday, in a bomb blast that also killed three others, including two teenage boys. Hours later, two more bombs went off 100 miles away, killing 18 soldiers from the parachute regiment, the biggest single loss of the British army in Northern Ireland. Not a day that is easy to forget, but what is clear from The Day Mountbatten Died (BBC Two) is just how present the emotions of loss are four decades on.

The rescue helicopter crew member who pulled Mountbatten’s 14-year-old grandson, Nicholas, out of the water says unflinchingly that he sees his face “over and over … I’m OK with that because I brought that kid home”. India Hicks, Mountbatten’s granddaughter who, aged 11, was there on holiday (but not on the boat that day) seems surprised at how tearful she becomes. “The damage that was done was so much deeper than any of us could ever have imagined,” she says, voice barely holding up. “And adult lives are still being horrifically disrupted.”

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