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This England (The Realistics in Belfast)

By mike, 02/06/16
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The Realistics In Belfast

The Realistics In Belfast Director: Peter Carr 1977 A clip taken from unique footage of American Soul Group, the Realistics, shown during a week's engagement at a Belfast night club. They compare the atmosphere of life in Belfast with conditions in America during service in the in the Vietnam War. Peter Carr's historic Granada film.

Posted by Outta Sight on Friday, 21 May 2010

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Gm library type: GRA Production


Programme title: THIS ENGLAND


Production title: THE REALISTICS IN BELFAST


Synopsis:

The Realistics are four black American soul singers, now living in Britain. Sandy Sanders, leader of the group, fought in the front line at the height of the Vietnam War. James Hamilton worked for Martin Luther King and was beaten up, shot and nearly killed by political rivals. John Cheatdom was shot in the heart when he was a child living in Brooklyn, New York. And T.C. Anderson was brought up in the tough Chicago ghetto. They all grew up among bombs, bullets and violence. Nevertheless, when they were offered an engagement to play for a week in Northern Ireland, at the Abercorn Restaurant, Belfast, where two people were killed and over 100 injured by a bomb in 1972, they were afraid. Granada followed The Realistics throughout their week in Belfast, as they visited both IRA and Loyalist pubs, attended a Peace Movement meeting, waited in the dark and eerie streets for taxis that took an hour to reach them, and saw the shop of one of their new-made friends, bombed.


Series title: THIS ENGLAND
Series ID: 3/0396-01
Credits text: Producer / Director: Peter Carr
Paris company: GRANADA TELEVISION
Genre: FACTUAL
ITC class ID:
Running time - minutes: 51
Running time - seconds: 16


First TX date: 1977-06-21
Production area: FACTUAL PROGRAMMES
Production type: PROGRAMME
Version type: UK VERSION


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Brilliant, the way they have to gag John Cheatdom who is whooping away in his own world !

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