Tom McGurk: 1916 is more than a ripping good yarn

Tom McGurk: 1916 is more than a ripping good yarn
Rebellion approached 1916 by maintaining its artistic and historical distance Picture: RTE

Much to admire in Rebellion, but who wants to watch a period soap opera?

Alfred Hitchcock was once asked what were the essential ingredients to produce a quality film. “Three things,” he replied. “One a good script, two a good script and three a good script.” He added: “The script was the foundation on which everything is built.”

Watching Rebellion, the 1916 drama which concludes on television tonight, it has been difficult not to remember Hitchcock’s fateful admonition.

There is much to admire about Rebellion - the acting, the...

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