The docudrama series returns with a story to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Cromwell's death. Shot on high definition and using state-of-the-art CGI; the film consolidates Dr Micheal O Siochru's fascinating take on this crucial time in Irish history. An estimated 500,000 Irish people died from war, plague and famine during Cromwell's military campaign in Ireland, making it one of the greatest catastrophes ever to befall this country. Many see Oliver Cromwell as a champion of modern democracy, the man who executed a tyrannical king 140 years before the French Revolution. He was a military genius, the father of the modern army, and he influenced everyone from Napoleon to Vladimir Lenin. For others he was a despot, at once militarily naïve and morally corrupt. Who, then, was Oliver Cromwell? Owen Roe stars as Oliver Cromwell (which is a step up from Pajo's Junkbox), while Declan Conlon and Catherine Walker co-star as Hugh Dubh O'Neill and as Elizabeth Price. RTE1 keeps things awfully serious this evening with a new series of The View starting at 11.15pm.