April 23, 1990 12:00 PM

HBO (Sun., April 22, 10 P.M. ET)

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John Hurt stars in a docudrama as a writer and parliamentary candidate reexamining the 1974 IRA bombings of two Birmingham pubs that killed 21 people. A half-dozen Irishmen, the so-called Birmingham Six, were sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the bombing, and after extensive interviews Hurt reaches the conclusion that the wrong men were prosecuted.

This program created a great furor when it aired in Britain last month because it goes so far as to accuse by name four other men of being the culprits. It’s a well-constructed conspiracy film, but rather hard to follow at times because the events aren’t as infamously familiar here as they are in Britain, and the accents are often thick.

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