From its opening moments, it was clear that Goodnight Campers (Newstalk 106-108) was not going to be a merciless, surgical, warts-and-all exposé of Billy Butlin’s Irish empire. “There were two nights of the year that I couldn’t sleep,” said the first interviewee. “The night before Christmas and the night before we went to Butlins.”

Much like its subject, at the outset Brian Gallagher’s documentary felt determinedly...

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