More Than A Flag – 2015
Ar Scáth na Sléibhte – In the Shadow of the Mountains – 2015
Ar Scáth na Sléibhte (In the Shadow of the Mountains) is a four-part BBC Gaeilge series in which presenter, Cormac Ó hÁdhmaill, explores the mountains of Ulster.
For centuries Ulster’s mountains have drawn walkers and climbers up through their valleys, along their ridges and over their peaks. Yet our mountains are also wild places, rich in stories which have shaped our history, archaeology, folklore and traditions. Dedicated hill walker Cormac Ó hÁdhmaill sets off on a series of journeys that take him from the foothills to the peaks of Ulster’s most remarkable and impressive mountain ranges including The Mournes, The Sperrins, The Ring of Gullion and The Bluestacks.
In each episode, he explores what makes these upland areas so unique and discovers how they have shaped the history and culture of their surrounding areas, and the lives of the local people who live in their shadow.
Sraith Ghaeilge de cheithre chlár is ea Ar Scáth na Sléibhte ina gcuireann an láithreoir, Cormac Ó hÁdhmaill, sléibhte Chúige Uladh faoi chaibidil.
Leis na cianta anuas, tá siúlóirí agus dreapadóirí á mealladh ag sléibhte Chúige Uladh, aníos a gcuid gleannta, anall a ndromanna agus thar a mbeanna. Ach is áiteanna fiáine fosta ár gcuid sléibhte, iad ar maos ag saibhreas a gcuid seanchais a mhúnlaigh an stair, an tseandálaíocht agus na traidisiúin s’againn. Téann an siúlóir sléibhte, Cormac Ó hÁdhmaill, a bhfuil dúil as cuimse aige sa tsiúlóid, ar chamchuairt a thabharfaidh é ó bhunchnoic go beanna sna sliabhraonta is suntasaí agus is mórthaibhsí dá bhfuil i gCúige Uladh, ina measc, Beanna Boirche, Sléibhte Mhuintir Luinigh, Sliabh gCuillinn agus na Cruacha Gorma.
I ngach eagrán faoi leith, rachaidh sé sa tóir ar shaintréithe na n-ardtailte seo agus cíorfaidh sé mar a mhúnlaigh siad stair agus cultúr na gceantracha thart timpeall orthu agus saol na ndaoine a mhaireann ar a scáth.
The Man Who Shot The Great War – 2014
During the First World War hundreds of thousands of men from Britain and Ireland left their homes and travelled to the battlefields of northern France and Flanders, many of them never to return.
But one man from Belfast did something exceptional when he set off for the Western Front. Lance Corporal George Hackney took his camera with him.
Based on a previously unseen collection of photographs, along with an accompanying diary, this is a landmark documentary that delivers a unique insight into how men lived and died during the First World War. It is also the story of one man’s extraordinary spiritual journey.
The Man Who Shot the Great War – a landmark documentary that explores how one man’s wartime experiences fuelled an unlikely moral quest that was to change his life forever.
Brave New World – 2014
In Search of Richard Hayward – 2014
ROAD – 2014
Narrated by Liam Neeson, ROAD is the adrenalin-fuelled tale of a family obsessed with motorcycle road racing.For two generations, Dunlops have dominated this most dangerous of all motor sports, wherecompetitors race at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour on roads lined with trees, stone walls and other immovable threats to safety.
This unique documentary takes the viewer on a blistering emotional ride with its heroes, Joey, Robert, William and Michael, experiencing with them the highs and lows of life as a road racer. United by success, united by tragedy, united by the road itself, this is an amazing and inspirational story of sporting triumphs and sacrifices.
**** Adrenalin fuelled, emotionally draining” – Empire Magazine
***** “Belief defying” – Financial Times
Ceasefire – 2014
TAISCE SHEAN ULADH – Treasures of Ancient Ulster - 2014
The Extraordinary Life of Castlereagh – 2013
Those Where The Days North West – 2013
The Siege – 2013
14 Days – 2013
Dan Cruickshank’s Written in Stone – 2013
An Ode To Burns And Ulster- 2013
As Neil Oliver says, being a Scot he is intrigued by
and eager to understand – the influence that his own national poet,
Robert Burns, has had on modern Ulster poets.
With that in mind, in this literary odyssey Neil travels from Scotland
to Northern Ireland to explore and understand how and why this
literary and cultural connection has taken shape.
The Ulster Covenant – 2012
But have they got what it really takes to hit the big time?
This two-part documentary series follows the amazing exploits of Belfast girl-band Voodoo
as they attempt to turn their dreams of fame and fortune into reality.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS- 2011
Those Were The Days delves deep into BBC
some of the magical moments from our past.
Moments that reveal not only how life used to
be, but how our past has shaped life in Northern
Featuring archive footage and interviews with
some of the people featured in the clips and a
host of contributors, Those Were The Days offers
a nostalgic trip down memory lane and a
fascinating insight into how much things have
changed here over the years.
HOUSE ON THE HILL -2010
For most of us, what goes on inside Parliament
revolving doors of Stormont and all kinds of
human activity can be found – from school
children on guided tours, security teams
ushering VIPs, to high profile ministers battling
over policy. This access-all-areas series goes
behind the scenes to reveal the hustle, bustle
and real life stories inside the House on the Hill.
SPECIAL DELIVERIES – 2010
For expectant mothers and fathers-to-be,
emotions. Guiding them every step of the way,
right up to the birth, is a special breed of people
– the midwives. With unique access to the state-
of-the-art maternity unit at the Ulster Hospital in
Belfast, this compelling new documentary series
follows a team of midwives as they take on the
demands and worries of bringing new lives into
the world and as they share in the joy of the
proud parents. With unlimited access to the
drama of the delivery room, the series offers
viewers a fascinating insight into that most
special of moments – the beginning of a new life.
THE SCHOOL REPORT – 2009
Outspoken, former Ofsted inspector Chris
Millar, offer fresh but opposing perspectives on
the education debate in Northern Ireland. Side-
stepping the party-political fallout, the pair visit
schools and speak to those on the frontline of
education – teachers, pupils and parents before
sharing their own views with education minister
HARRY FERGUSON- THE MAN WHO COULD FLY – 2009
In a major new documentary for BBC One
flight in Ireland, presenter Eddie Irvine tells the
dramatic story of the young aviator Harry
Ferguson, the first man in Ireland to fly an plane
at Hillsborough, County Down in 1909.
LOSING OUR RELIGION - 2009
In a major new documentary, William Crawley
William travels the length and breadth of
Northern Ireland to explore the relevance of
religious ideas and practices in the lives of both
believers and non-believers – and he reveals the
role of religion in his own life, both past and
DANCEHALL SWEETHEARTS – 2009
Introduced by Strictly Come Dancing star
nostalgic look back at the magical days of the
Dancehall. This enchanting series features the
romantic stories of people who waltzed, jived
and twisted the night away in the dancehalls of
Northern Ireland during the war years of the
40’s through the fabulous 50’s and the swinging
Best: MADE IN BELFAST- 2009
Best: Made in Belfast will screen immediately
drama Best: His Mother’s Son. Filmed during the
Belfast based production of the BBC drama,
Best:His Mother’s Son, this short ‘making-of’
documentary tells the story behind the 90
minute drama and the creative aims of the team
A landmark observational documentary series
surgeons and the patients in their care. With
privileged access to staff and operating theatres
at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Belfast City
Hospital the series is a revealing insight into the
professional lives of surgeons, and the trust
between them and their patients.
DYING FOR A DRINK- 2008
Presenter led documentary which follows
strange relationship with alcohol in Northern
Ireland. From a night on the tiles to a period of
abstinence, we document William’s own
relationship with drink, shaped in part by the
fact his father was an alcoholic. He also meets
those whose lives have been influence by alcohol
– from residents at a Belfast wet-hostel to a
cardiac surgeon who advocates a little of what
A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER- 2008
In August 2007, Patrick Kielty took to the stage
rookie actor in a new production of the
controversial Marie Jones’ play A Night in
November. This compelling behind the scenes
documentary reveals whether audiences in
Belfast, London and Dublin are ready for such a
provocative depiction of the darkest days in
SUPER 8 STORIES- CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2007
A one off Christmas special taking us on a
unique journey into that magical time of the
year when Santa Claus is the most hotly
anticipated guest in every household in Northern
Ireland. Unique home movies offer an intimate
and hugely nostalgic look at how we have
celebrated Christmas through the years.
THE POPPY DAY BOMB- 2007
On Sunday 8 November 1987, an IRA bomb
exploded as people gathered to mark
Remembrance Sunday in Enniskillen. Made to
mark the twentieth anniversary of the bomb,
this documentary revisits the events of that day
and the legacy of one of the worst incidents of
A YEAR IN SEX CITY – 2007
A documentary following one Belfast couple’s
attempt to combat sex tourism in Pattaya,
Thailand. Andrew Hall and Roisin McCarroll gave
up everything to move to Pattaya and work with
street children and people affected by sex
tourism. The film reveals the shocking extent of
sex tourism in the city as well as the highs and
lows of Andrew and Roisin’s journey.
THE LOST CITY OF CRAGIAVON- 2007
Columnist, writer and City of Craigavon native,
Newton Emerson, takes a celebratory yet
irreverent look at a city which was conceived
forty years ago as part of a bold new vision for
Northern Ireland. Unearthing the original plans,
meeting the visionary architects, encountering
the evicted farmers and visiting the residents of
the experimental city, he examines how and why
the dream faded.
THE LION GAME – 2006
In the 1970s the Causeway Safari Park in north
Antrim was one of Northern Ireland’s most
popular tourist attractions. But for the couple
that created the park, it was both a magical
family home and a difficult business venture.
This documentary recalls happy memories from
the park’s heyday and tells the poignant, inside
story of a family’s struggle to keep it open
during the darkest days of the Troubles.
PLAY IT AGAIN SAM- 2006
An intimate profile of writer Sam McAughtry, a
man who has experienced the highs of critical
acclaim and the lows of chronic alcoholism. From
Tiger’s Bay to the Irish Senate, with a detour
on-board The Peace Train, Play It Again, Sam is
the story of one of Northern Ireland’s most
important literary icons.
THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED – 2005
In the 1960’s and 70’s, showbands brought
respite to the youth of Ireland. One of the most
popular, the Miami Showband, traveled north
and south of the border impartially entertaining
divided communities during the height of the
Troubles. This film tells the tragic story of how
the band’s innocent members fell victim to the
Troubles themselves, at the hands of a UVF
gang. It is the story of an event which led to the
death of three young men and the death of the
LOVE AND LOSS: MY AFRICAN STORY – 2005
A moving and inspiring documentary following
Belfast priest Father Keiran Creagh’s crusade
against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa.
Filming at the hospice in Pretoria which he
helped build, the film reveals the plight of those
who fight the disease at every level as well as
Father Creagh’s own controversial views on sex
FROM BELFAST TO DACHAU – 2005
Teddy Dixon was a typical Belfast Boy, except
that he was born in New York. Teddy’s American
roots were all but forgotten to him until the day
he was told to report to duty with the US Army.
As a member of Rainbow Division, Teddy was
one of the first servicemen to enter Dachau
concentration camp in 1945. What he witnessed
has haunted him ever since. This poignant
documentary accompanies Teddy as he is
reunited with his fellow servicemen and returns.
THE EVACUEES – 2005
Telling the story of those forced to flee Belfast in
1940, this poignant documentary considers
evacuation and World War II from the
perspectives of those who lived through both as
children. The programme draws on the
recollections of former Belfast evacuees and
follows them as they revisit the places they
learned to call home.
RISING TIDE – 2005
With extraordinary access, and filmed largely at
sea, this remarkable three part series gets to
the core of the Kilkeel fishing community as it
faces an uncertain future. The series charts the
tough and dangerous nature of the job of a
trawler man and captures the immediate
aftermath when three men, three generations
from one family, lose their lives at sea.
WE FOUGHT ON D- DAY – 2004
Using rare archive footage and stunning eye
witness interviews, We Fought On D-Day
recounts the previously untold stories of men
from Northern Ireland – our own Band of
Brothers – who fought for the beaches, towns
and villages of Normandy on 6th June 1944 – D-
SUPER 8 STORIES - 2003, 2004, 2006
Branded, formatted, returnable series featuring
home movies, shot on super 8 film, by people
from across Northern Ireland. Interweaving
personal recollections with the archive material,
each episode features an eclectic mix of stories
which take a nostalgic look back over 75 years
of life in Northern Ireland.
CHRISTINE’S CHILDREN – 2003
25 years ago Christine Lockhart died childless in
the IRA bombing of La Mon House Hotel, yet
today she has a ‘family’ of 300. Unable to come
to terms with Christine’s death, her husband
Terry fled Ireland and eventually settled in the
Philippines. After a life-changing encounter with
two street children, he started, and personally
funds, an orphanage for abandoned children.
“Every child saved is one more child for
Christine.” Winner of an RTS award for best
Nations and Regions programme.
GEORGE BEST BODY – 2001
A film about the gift of talent and the burden of
fame, George Best’s Body is an innovative
‘biographical X-Ray’ of the former Manchester
United star which uses different aspects of Best’s
physique to tell the story of his turbulent life.
DON’T LOOK DOWN- 2000
Documentary charting the story of thirteen
young people from the Markets, Short Strand
and Lower Ormeau areas of Belfast, embarking
on an intense, American-style tough love
programme, organised by the charity Youth at
STILL LIFE -1998
An elegiac and poignant short film which
explores uncomfortable aspects of our attitudes
towards old age, staring Agnes Bernelle. “Still
Life… is a brave and quite beautiful 15 minutes
of film from Belfast1s Double-Band Films…old
age as a work of art.” (Sarah Caden, The
TOO LATE FOR NAMES -1998
A poignant documentary about stillbirths and the
silence which has been created by taboos and
traditions surrounding those who have lost a
child at birth.
WOMEN’S WORK- 1997
A documentary exploring the role of women in
politics in Northern Ireland.
DOWN THE STREET OF DREAMS- 1996
Filmed over three years in locations throughout
America, Ireland and Japan, this documentary
follows boxer Wayne McCullough and his
manager and American TV svengali, Matt Tinley
in their attempts to win a world title.
MORE THAN A GAME – 1995
A documentary about Gaelic football, exploring
the passions that the sport creates, both at local
club and county level.
ON THE ROAD/A PLACE APART -1995
Companion-piece profiles of communities, post-
Peace Agreement, on the Shankill Road and in
A short film looking at the effects of the
‘Troubles’ on education in Northern Ireland.
Shown as part of the BBC’s ‘25 Bloody Years’
BETWEEN THE HEDGES -1993
An award-winning documentary looking at the
sport and sub-culture of motorcycle road racing
in Northern Ireland.
A documentary exploring the world of boxing in
the city of Belfast.
HARD ACT -1993
A documentary about young offenders in Belfast
and their involvement in a unique community
circus project. An Aisling Films production for
BBC NI, directed by Michael Hewitt of Double-