LORD Longford was a remarkable man.
Regular readers will know that I’ve followed the aftermath of the Moors Murders case for over a quarter of a century.
As I wrote back in 2006, I spoke to Lord Longford countless times.
One morning I dashed to try and find him at Kings Cross station in London before he boarded the train north to see Myra Hindley in Durham jail.
I found him queuing on the concourse, where he agreed to an interview on condition I carried his bags on to the train.
He was a bright and compassionate politician who campaigned for Hindley’s release – a cause he could never win.
Whatever you think of his arguments, he had a right to a fair hearing.
Sadly, certain sections of the press were all too willing to whip up hatred against him.
I lost count of the number of stories published every year which were simply made up to suit the anti-Hindley agenda.
Some would be put on a loop, returning every five years or so and presented as a new revelation.
Lord Longford became an easy target and a figure of fun for some.
Which is why I was glad part of the real story was told in TV drama Longford, screened in the UK in October 2006.
I interviewed the cast, writer and production team and wrote several pieces about the film, including here, here and here.
This morning, the feature length drama made by Granada for Channel 4 scooped three awards at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, including best TV mini series or film.
Jim Broadbent, who played the Labour peer, was named best actor for his astonishing performance as the ex-Cabinet minister in the last three decades of his life.
Co-star Samantha Morton was voted best supporting actress for her role as Hindley, playing her as the dark-haired woman she became after her 1966 trial.
As you can read via the links, Longford died in August 2001 at the age of 95. Just over 15 months later, Hindley, 60, was also dead, having served 36 years in prison.
Longford: Man With A Mission
Longford: Did You See?
Longford, Hindley and Brady