My television watching is often a few days behind when things are actually broadcast, so it was only yesterday when I caught up with Channel 4's drama Mo, which told of the life of the late Mo Mowlem. The film covers not only her time in Northern Ireland, but also her own personal battle against the illness that finally took her life.
The acting was fantastic, with Julie Walter's portrayal of Mo as incredibly accurate. The way in which the story was told was beautiful in the way that it combined tender moments of Mo's life as well as the challenges that she went through in Northern Ireland dealing with both politicians and terrorists. To see a dramatisation os something that I lived through so recently was a tad strange, but there is no doubt to me that this film puts a very human face on politics. I hope that when school children cover Northern Ireland as part of their history syllabus, as I'm sure they will do one day, this film is shown to them.
One thing it did make me realise is just how the "characters" in politics today just don't measure up to what Mo Mowlem was like. RIP Mo, you're definitely missed.