Friday, 31 March 2017
First viewed : 20 November 1983
Of course 1983 was the 20th anniversary of the post-war twentieth century's most seismic event and there was a great deal of TV time devoted to it. ITV broadcast this sympathetic U.S. mini-series broadcast over three nights, concluding on the anniversary itself.
Kennedy was played by Martin Sheen who didn't look particularly like JFK but certainly had the political sympathies. John Shea was an even poorer likeness for Robert Kennedy while conversely Blair Brown did look a lot like Jackie. The series took you through the highs, -the election victory, the Cuban missile crisis - and the lows - the Bay of Pigs, the death of young Patrick - through to the day of destiny in Dallas.
As a Catholic, I still feel a sense of outraged loss even though it happened over a year before I was born. The only crumb of comfort I can glean from Trump's victory is that at least it stopped a third member of the ghastly Bush dynasty getting into the White House while the Kennedys are still stuck on one.