Family, Film

The ‘Tommy Burns’ Times

Today marks 15 years since former Celtic player and manager, Tommy Burns, died. He was just 51 years old. He was an incredible man who loved his family, his Catholic faith and Celtic intensely. He also had a deep affection for Kilmarnock too!

I knew Tommy as a work colleague and he was incredibly fun, supportive and caring in that role. As a father though, he was extraordinary. I made a film about Tommy Burns in 2019, with his four children at its heart. It was an incredibly emotional and beautiful experience, seeing and indeed feeling, how much his family love him.

Mark Palmer of The Times asked to me to contribute to an article about Tommy for today’s paper and I gladly participated. It’s a wonderful piece and it’s lovely to see Tommy Burns celebrated and remembered in print today. Here’s a link to the article and I’ve inserted an image below too.

To mark the anniversary, the Tommy Burns film (which won a Royal Television Society Scotland best programme award) will be repeated on BBC ALBA at 10pm tonight and will be available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days, here.

Here’s a wee reminder of the film’s trailer. I hope you have a chance to watch tonight or at some point over the next 30 days and celebrate the legacy of a wonderful human being.

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