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AIRDATE | BBC drama THREE FAMILIES explores complex issues of abortion in Northern Ireland

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Two young newlyweds learn that their much-wanted first child will die of a fatal foetal abnormality.

If they lived in England, Wales or Scotland, both families could seek a legal termination.

But this is Northern Ireland, where abortion laws have been among the most restrictive in Europe.

Based on true stories, Three Families is a compelling and thoughtful two-part drama from screenwriter in Gwyneth Hughes. It explores the emotional background to a controversial campaign which culminated in the UK government forcing a liberalisation of the law in Northern Ireland.

Cast include Genevieve O’Reilly, Kerri Quinn, Lola Petticrew, Owen McDonnell & Ger Ryan.

Three Families – Australian Premiere airs Wednesdays at 8.30pm from June 9 on BBC First

BBC First is available in Australia on Foxtel and Fetch TV

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