BBC NI

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

Neil Oliver 2

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

WANNABES- 2011

They’ve got the looks, the moves and the determination.

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

Northern Ireland’s rich archive to rediscover

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

Ireland today.

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

Buildings is a mystery. But step through the

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,

pregnancy is a nine-month rollercoaster ride of

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

Woodhead and education campaigner Fiona

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

Caitríona Ruane.

 

HARRY FERGUSON- THE MAN WHO COULD FLY – 2009

 

In a major new documentary for BBC One

Northern Ireland to celebrate the centenary of

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

asks if religion has a future in Northern Ireland.

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

present.

 

 

DANCEHALL SWEETHEARTS – 2009

Introduced by Strictly Come Dancing star

Christine Bleakley, Dancehall Sweethearts is a

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

60’s.

 

Best: MADE IN BELFAST- 2009

 

Best: Made in Belfast will screen immediately

following the showing of the BBC2 Network

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

involved.

 

SUPERDOCS- 2009

A landmark observational documentary series

following some of Northern Ireland’s leading

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

broadcaster William Crawley as he explores our

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

you fancy.

 

A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER- 2008

 

In August 2007, Patrick Kielty took to the stage

in Belfast not as a stand up comedian but as a

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

Northern Ireland.

 

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

the Troubles.

 

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

showband era.

 

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

and contraception.

 

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-

Day.

 

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 CHILDREN2003

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

Risk.

 

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

Sunday Independent.)

 

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 GAME1995

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

South Armagh.

 

 

 

 

CHALKMARKS-1994

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’

season.

 

 

 

 

BETWEEN THE HEDGES -1993

An award-winning documentary looking at the

sport and sub-culture of motorcycle road racing

in Northern Ireland.

 

 

 

 

BELFAST BOXERS-1993

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-

Band Films.

 

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