Last updated: 27 april, 2010 - 12:53 GMT

Hidden histories: Tim Brannigan

Tim Brannigan

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Outlook devotes an entire programme to one extraordinary story of identity, family secrets and turbulent times in Northern Ireland.

Tim Brannigan was brought up in a Catholic family in Belfast in the 1960s.

The product of an affair between his mother and a Ghanaian doctor, Tim's was one of the very few black faces in the city.

When he was born his mother said he had died, to avoid a scandal. A year later she adopted him. Tim only learned of his true parentage in his late teens.

He got involved with the IRA in their fight against the British in Northern Ireland and served five years in prison.

Upon his release, in the next phase of his life, Tim embarked on a successful career as a journalist.

In 2003, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Her last wish was that Tim track down his father. So began a search that would take him to Ghana.

When Tim came in to the Outlook studio, he told Matthew Bannister how he finally came to meet his father.

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