‘Mother’s Day’ first look: BBC’s Irish peace rally drama is coming soon

The first photos from BBC Two’s new one-off TV movie Mother’s Day have been released.

Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle), Vicky McClure (Line of Duty), Daniel Mays (Against the Law) and David Wilmot (The Guard) began filming the factual drama in Belfast earlier this year.

Mother’s Day follows the events, aftermath and public response to the Warrington bombing of March 1993.

The 90-minute film will focus on two ordinary women living either side of the Irish Sea, brought together in the wake of the tragedy.

Anna Maxwell Martin plays Wendy Parry, the mother of 12 year old Tim Parry who lost his life in the attack which left two boys dead and many others injured.

Vicky McClure plays Susan McHugh, the Dublin mother of two so outraged by the loss of young life that she organised one of the largest peace rallies in Irish history, leading thousands through the streets in protest at the continued violence of the Troubles.

Writer Nick Leather commented: “As someone who grew up in Warrington and was on my way into town on the day of the bombing, bringing this astonishing story to the screen has been a career-long mission.

“Over the last year, I’ve been fortunate to work with a wonderfully supportive team at the BBC, including the director Fergus O’Brien, and have found the Parry and McHugh families to be even more inspiring than I did as a kid. I hope people are as moved and affected by this drama as we have been making it.”

Mother’s Day will air in the UK on BBC Two this autumn.