Stardust drama shortlisted for TV award


RTE's controversial mini-series based on the Stardust nightclub fire in which 48 died and many more were injured, has been short-listed for a prestigious international award.

The two-part drama, Stardust, which starred Bryan McMahon, Ger Ryan and Ruth Bradley has been short-listed in the Best Mini-Series category at this year's Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The programme was made by Brackside Merlin Films and was aired on Monday February 13 thand the following, coinciding with the 25 thanniversary of the tragedy. It attracted some 650,000 viewers on each evening.

The film depicts the night of the disaster in 1981 when exits, including windows were locked, preventing St Valentine's night revellers from escaping the fire.

Stardustalso follows the campaign launched by the families to reopen the inquiry into the tragedy. Around 800 people were in the north Dublin nightclub when it caught fire and the average age of those who died was 19.

A tribunal of inquiry found the fire to have been caused maliciously but many people connected to the tragedy believe the circumstances of the fire and investigation afterwards was inadequate.

Among their short-listed nominees in the mini-series category include ITV's Elizabeth I, which BBC Two's To the Ends of the Earth.