WW1′s Forgotten Heroes – 2014
Paralympic presenter and former Royal Marine Arthur Williams goes on an emotional journey to explore the experiences and resilience of nearly two million wounded British soldiers who returned home from the First World War with life-changing injuries and disabilities. As amputees, paraplegics, and disfigured servicemen returned from the western front in unprecedented numbers, Arthur discovers the individuals who inspired change.
In the course of his journey Arthur draws himself closer to the experience of those wounded and disabled men by confronting the hard challenges he faced while learning to live with his own disability. In order to reconnect his experience with that of those soldiers a century ago, Arthur returns to the military rehabilitation centre at Headley Court for the first time since his accident and confronts his mum about the dark and difficult months of his early rehabilitation.
As he uncovers the experience of individual soldiers, Arthur also discovers the remarkable and inspirational story of how these men’s remarkable physical sacrifice revolutionised medicine, technology and the nation’s attitude towards disability.
Queen Victoria and the Crippled Kaiser – 2013
The Secret History strand continues with a story of child cruelty, secret shame and dark, incestuous desires that begins behind palace doors and ends in the carnage of World War One. Featuring a long-hidden cache of intimate family letters this film reveals the secret childhood of Queen Victoria’s grandson, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II. Wilhelm was born with a disability considered shameful at the time – his own mother wrote that she was “haunted” by the idea of his “remaining a cripple” and insisted that he hide his paralysed arm throughout his life.
When Queen Victoria’s eldest child, Vicky, married the German Crown Prince in 1858 it was not just a marriage of love but an attempt to strengthen ties between two of Europe’s greatest powers. A year after the wedding, Vicky endured a difficult birth which almost ended her life and left her baby, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II, with a permanently paralysed arm, an imperfection considered extremely damaging to the image of a future head of state.
What followed was a series of bizarre and often cruel attempts to cure Wilhelm of his disability including regular ‘animal baths’ in which the body of a freshly slaughtered hare was wrapped around the child’s arm, in the belief that its blood would bring life to his limb, and gruesome contraptions into which the young boy was tied and strapped. These procedures and childhood experiences played a major part in creating a highly dysfunctional relationship between Wilhelm and his mother (letters between them show Wilhelm developed incestuous desires), and helped shape his adult character and his love-hate relationship with his mother’s country. As Queen Victoria lay dying Wilhelm held his grandmother in his arms. Just 13 years later, he led Germany into the First World War.
DOUBLE MURDER -2011
Double Murder examines the story behind the murders
of Trevor Buchanan and a family friend, Lesley Howell.
Colin Howell was convicted of murder and sentenced to 21 years
in prison and Hazel Stewart, who pleaded not guilty,
was also convicted of murder. She is serving an 18-year jail sentence.
and features unique access to Hazel’s husband and her
children who are standing by her.
This film reveals the extraordinary situation of a family
being torn apart by a murder that took place eighteen years ago.
MY BIG FAT MOONIE WEDDING – 2007
On July the 1st, 1982 the Unification Church,
known then as the Moonies, announced itself on
the world stage with a spectacular mass
wedding in New York City. This revealing
documentary tells the stories of some of those
who attended the biggest and most bizarre
wedding the world had ever seen, with over four
thousand men and women committing their lives
to total strangers.
MAKING THE MONKEES – 2007
The Monkees are one of the sixties most
enduring bands, whose Saturday morning
television appeal and bubblegum pop can still fill
a dance floor. But their zany onscreen antics and
saccharine hits belied the fact that the foursome,
conceived as a clever marketing ploy by two
music svengalis, lasted for just 3 years before
they self-destructed in a blaze of law suits,
recriminations and cult films. This is the real
story behind pop’s first manufactured boy-band
MONKEY LOVE – 2006
Shortlisted for a Grierson Award, this
documentary is a revealing examination of the
life and work Harry Harlow, an American
research psychologist who was responsible for
some of the most controversial experiments to
have been performed in animal laboratories.
Harlow’s experiments on monkeys were an
attempt to understand the nature of paternal
relationships. The film explores Harlow’s strained
relationship with his own children and asks if
cruelty can really teach us anything about love.
WHO KILLED THE ROLLING STONE – 2005
At the age of 21 Brian Jones was the original
Rolling Stone. At the age of 27 he was dead,
face down, at the bottom his swimming pool. But
it was a mysterious death and one that left
more questions than answers. This compelling
documentary paints a revealing portrait of Brian
Jones and gets to the bottom of the mystery
THE EXPLOSIVE 80S: HOW HEYSEL CHANGED FOOTBALL
THE DAY FOOTBALL DIED – 2005
This powerful documentary for Channel 4 and
RTE revisits the Heysel Stadium disaster of May
1985, when 39 fans were crushed to death
before the European Cup Final between Liverpool
FC and Juventus. The film explores how the
tragedy plunged English football into a crisis
from which was born the modern English game.
THE BATTLE WITH MY BRAIN – 2005
Two years in the making, this documentary
follows the dramatic story of journalist David
Beresford, who suffered the first symptoms of
Parkinson’s Disease while covering the Gulf War
of 1991. The film charts David’s struggle with
Parkinson’s Disease and follows him to France
where he undergoes remarkable, pioneering
surgery to control the symptoms of the disease.
Rwanda FC- 2004
Rwanda’s bloody past. The series tells the
stories of four Rwandan footballers, and their
remarkable attempts to come to terms with the
ROMAN ABRAMOVICH -2003
Revealing profile of Roman Abramovich following
his purchase of Chelsea FC which asks where did
he come from and how did he make his millions?
SEVEN DAYS THAT SHOOK SVEN -2003
Through seven key, dramatic days in his life,
this programme explores what lies behind Sven
Goran Eriksson’s mask of melting ice. What
emerges is a complex and contradictory portrait
- a coach who has won top football honours, yet
repeatedly failed to rise to the big occasion; a
respected leader of men with serious question
marks over his commitment to country, club and
BECKHAM AND THE BATTLE WITH ARGENTINA -2002
Shown as part of Channel 4’s Football Stories
strand. With David Beckham looking uncertain
for the 2002 World Cup finals after his clash
with Argentinean Aldo Duscher, this
documentary charts the explosive 35 year feud
between their two nations, when football
became war by another means.
MARADONNA- KICKING THE HABIT- 2000
This documentary joins the stricken star in
Havana, Cuba, at the La Pradera health spa,
where he is receiving medical treatment after
suffering a heart attack which he denies was
brought on by a cocaine overdose. Maradona -
Kicking the Habit raises the question of whether
or not Maradona is a national disgrace, a once
great footballer who has brought disgrace on his
country, or an exploited legend deserving of our
ESCOBAR’S OWN GOAL -1998
Winner of the Italian Olympic Committee Award
at the 1998 Palermo Film Festival and shortlisted
at the Banff World Television Festival, this
documentary explores the circumstances of
Andrés Escobar’s murder and looks at how
football at all levels in Colombia has been
dominated and brutalised by the power and
money of the country’s drug cartels.
THE SOVIET SESSION -1991
A documentary following a group of Irish
traditional musicians on tour to Moscow and the
former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan.
AN IRISH ARTIST IN NEW YORK – 1989
A documentary about the experiences of four
young Irish artists living and working in New