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Blood on the Dance Floor

12:37 PM GMT+1 on May 7, 2023

    Blood on the Dance Floor – A compelling and thoughtful story that looks at how the brutal murder of a gay police officer during The Troubles threatened peace in Northern Ireland. In 1997, 24 year old Darren Bradshaw, a gay police officer, was killed in cold blood by terrorists whilst drinking in a gay bar at the heart of the city. 

    This series explores his life and legacy, the bravery of him being an openly gay police officer in Northern Ireland at the time, how the LGBT community grappled with bigotry and hatred and why Darren’s story has not been more widely known. 

    “When I was taught about Northern Irish history, it was always Orange and Green, Catholic and Protestant. There’s never any rainbow,” says the show’s host Jordan Dunbar, who performed as a drag performer and grew up in the same area as Bradshaw. “The first time I saw a picture of Darren, his face just stayed with me.”

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