Over four years and across seven hours of television, William Crawley has travelled to America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia to tell the stories of some remarkable Ulster-Scots men and women who made their mark in a new world.
Now to conclude his journeys, in this special documentary, Brave New World: Back Home, William returns to home soil to find out what those stories reveal about the Ulster-Scots diaspora as a whole and how the loss of sons and daughters, neighbours and friends over centuries has made emigration part of our story and of this world – back home. The one-off documentary, which received support from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast fund, broadcasts on BBC Two Northern Ireland, Sunday 22nd October at 10pm.
L-R: Damian Mc Cann (Director), Jonathan Golden (Head of Development), Órfhlaith Ní Chearnaigh (Producer)
The biggest award of the night went to DoubleBand Films Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916 which was named as the Spirit of the Festival. This was the second award the documentary picked up, having previously picked up a Best History Torc.
Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916 examines MacNeill’s reasons for his most controversial decision – when he, as Chief of Staff of the Volunteers, attempted to stop the Easter Rising by issuing a countermanding order. Through dramatic reconstruction, access to MacNeill’s unpublished memoir, interviews with key historians and the personal account of MacNeill’s grandson, former Tánaiste Michael McDowell, pivotal moments in history are brought to life.
Eoin Mac Néill: Fear Dearmadta 1916 was produced by DoubleBand Films for BBC NI and TG4 with funding from Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund.
‘Road Racing People’ is a collection of 26 portraits by internationally renowned motorcycle racing photographer, Stephen Davison.
Featuring riders, fans, mechanics and families, the exhibition will run until May 31st.
The pictures were taken last year during the Mid Antrim 150, Tandragee 100, Cookstown 100, Skerries 100, North West 200 and Armoy road races. Using nothing more than a portable studio and a 50mm lens, Stephen invited people to come inside and bare their souls. His photographs capture the enthusiasm, character and essence of the sport.
The exhibition is a collaboration between BBC Northern Ireland and independent production company, DoubleBand Films, who produced the BBC Northern Ireland three-part series, ‘Road Riders’.
The popular DoubleBand produced series Britain's Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson will return to Channel 4 for a 4 x 60' run in Autumn 2017.
Britain is criss-crossed by a network of ancient trackways that have been travelled for over 5000 years. Walked by pilgrims and traders, hunters and invaders, Celts and Romans, Saxons and Vikings, each track is bound up in myth, mystery and legend.
In a new four part series, Tony Robinson returns to explore the mysteries and legends on these remarkable routes.