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By jonathanruffle, Aug 30 2013 11:04AM

I have just rewatched Peter Watkins’ CULLODEN for the umpteenth time. I saw it on either its first or second broadcast in the sixties. How unbelievably lucky was that?

I have never forgotten his stern voice-over: “this is a round shot, and this is what it does”. Looking at what something is, and what it does, has been my inspiration ever since.

I don’t know how many documentary drama producers see this as the benchmark for their work, but I certainly do. If I ever scratch this man’s achievement I’ll be very proud indeed.

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