Main content
This programme is not currently available on BBC iPlayer

The Day Mountbatten Died

The story of the events of 27 August 1979, the day Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA.

On 27 August 1979, Lord Mountbatten, great uncle to Prince Charles, was blown up at sea by the IRA off the west coast of the Republic of Ireland. Three others were killed on the boat that day, including two teenage boys. Later that afternoon, in a second strike, the IRA killed 18 British soldiers, across the border in Northern Ireland.

Forty years on, this is the story of that remarkable Bank Holiday Monday - movingly told by those directly affected by it.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 27 Aug 2020 22:45

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Louis Levy & His Gaumont British Symphony

    This Is Your Life Theme


Role Contributor
Production Company Erica Starling Productions
Director Sam Collyns
Executive Producer Alison Millar
Executive Producer Angus Macqueen
Researcher Orla MacIntyre
Producer Sam Collyns


  • Mon 19 Aug 2019 21:00
  • Sat 7 Sep 2019 02:35
  • Thu 27 Aug 2020 22:45