Tuesday, 13 June 2017
709 Paisley, Child of Wrath, Man of God
First viewed : 12 April 1985
This was a late night BBC One documentary about the mad bigot who had already proved himself to be one of the major obstacles to achieving peace in Northern Ireland. The "Reverend " Ian Paisley had had himself ordained in America to set up a splinter church of his own, his views being too extreme for mainstream Presbyterianism ( not known for its liberalism as we're currently being reminded ) . The man imagined himself to be a latter day John Knox and it shows just how bad the situation in Northern Ireland had become that his violently expressed sixteenth century bigotry found a mass following.
We know his story had a happy-ish ending but that looked a long way off when this was broadcast.