I remember vividly watching the events of Hillsborough on TV in 1989, which had a huge impact on my 14-year-old self, and remember watching this drama-documentary when it was first transmitted in 1996. Jimmy McGovern captures the excitement for those attending the match, which quickly turned to tragedy and then the subsequent anger as the authorities treat the victims and their families appallingly, partly to cover up their pathetic behaviour during and after that horrible day.
The acting is uniformly excellent. It's one of the programmes I would use as an example of why TV is as much an artform as film or music. Highly recommended, with one small mention that this isn't the complete version that transmitted on ITV in 1996. There is a section missing, which dealt with the coroner's conclusion as to when all the victims were clinically dead. He said it was 3:15pm, even though police witnesses and paramedics had testified that some victims were still alive well past that time. There was originally a scene with an investigator calling a policeman asking him to "confirm" his story about his dealing with a victim who he said was still alive near 4pm. Apparently, the actual coroner was unhappy with this section, and his portrayal during the inquest, and the scene was removed from subsequent showings (including the repeat on ITV3 this year for the 20th anniversary).
It's a shame it isn't the complete uncut 1996 version, but I'd assume Network DVD will only be able to release the version ITV is willing to authorise, so it's not their fault, and that it's available at all is still reason to celebrate.