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born in Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire
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is a British
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-maker who had covered for many years the political and armed conflict in Northern Ireland
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, widely known as the Troubles
The Troubles was a period of ethno-political conflict in Northern Ireland which spilled over at various times into England, the Republic of Ireland, and mainland Europe. The duration of the Troubles is conventionally dated from the late 1960s and considered by many to have ended with the Belfast...
. From his experience he has written and produced books and television
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documentaries on the Northern Irish conflict.
Taylor has written three related books on the Troubles called, Provos: The IRA and Sinn Féin
, and Brits: The War against the IRA
, and a fourth book, titled, Beating the Terrorists? Interrogation in Omagh, Gough, and Castlereagh
The three aforementioned books each deal with the Northern Irish conflict from the perspective of one of the three main elements involved: the Provisional IRA; the various Loyalist paramilitaries and their political wings; and the British government together with the British security forces' presence. These books give some insight and understanding of all the main groups involved and the events that occurred throughout this turbulent period in Irish-British history. Taylor's books feature interviews with people connected to some of the more significant incidents and important occurrences in Northern Ireland during this time.
In 2007, he chronicled and presented the BBC
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four-part series, Age of Terror
In March 2011, he presented the BBC2 two-part series, The Secret War on Terror
He is the older brother of John Taylor, the former London Weekend Television
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and London News Network
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