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Tuesday
Jul172012

The Secret Life of the Shannon

2 x 52min Natural History series for RTÉ

The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river in these islands. For 340 kms the river carves its way south through the heart of the country almost splitting Ireland in two. It is both a barrier and highway – a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

For a year, wildlife cameraman and presenter Colin Stafford Johnson will live on the river - camping on its banks, living on a barge, exploring its tributaries in a traditional canoe. He will be on a quest to film the natural history of the Shannon as it has never been seen before.

Funded by BAI, RTÉ, Waterways Ireland, ESB, NPWS & The Heritage Council

Tuesday
Jul172012

Three Men go to War

1 x 56min for PBS & 1 X 80min for IFB

"Nuclear catastrophe was hanging by a thread .....and we weren't counting days or hours, but minutes."  Soviet Army Chief of Operations, Anatoly Gribkov

On October 22nd, 1962, President John F. Kennedy informed the world that the Soviet Union was building secret missile bases on the Island of Cuba, 90 miles off the shores of Florida. The events of the next 13 days brought the world closer to nuclear disaster than it had ever been before or since. This is the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, exploring how the earth teetered on the very brink of nuclear holocaust and the fate of the planet lay in the hands of three iconic characters – Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro and John F Kennedy.

As the 50th Anniversary of the Crisis approaches, nuclear brinksmanship is still high on the international agenda today and the events of October 1962 hold invaluable lessons for a generation too young to remember just how close we came to the end.

Capturing the drama of those fateful days, this authored and cinematic film also focuses on the very strong human stories of the witnesses and participants in the Crisis: a Russian submariner reading from an intimate letter he wrote to his wife while underwater off Cuba; the Soviet missile man who pressed the button and watched his missile go off through ‘a wall of tropical rain’ to shoot down Major Rudolf Anderson’s U2 plane; Anderson’s friend and fellow U2 pilot who carried his body to the grave.

In one of his last ever interviews on the subject, Kennedy's famous speech writer and aide, Ted Sorensen, also shares his memories of the Crisis.

Tuesday
Jul172012

Nature on One

10 x 30min Natural History Series bringing the sounds & stories of Ireland’s natural world to Radio 1 listeners

This ten part radio series will travel the length of the island searching out our most remarkable wildlife and wild places and meeting the people who know them best. 

From the Skellig Rocks to the windswept Inishkea islands, from our underground caves to whales off the south East Coast – the programmes will be recorded as live in a stunning and different location every week. The series will be presented by Colin Stafford Johnson and over the course of ten week he will guide his audience on a tour of Ireland's Natural World.

Funded by RTÉ & BAI

Tuesday
Jul172012

Return of the White Tailed Eagle

1 x 52min Natural History Documentary for NRK

It is the most important Irish wildlife story in decades - the return of one of the largest birds of prey ever to darken Irish skies - the White Tailed Eagle.

From scaling cliffs in the wilds of Norway on the hunt for new chicks, to hiring planes to fly them home, to nursing them through the first crucial months of freedom in Ireland, this series has powerful wildlife, strong human characters allied to genuine adventure and drama as the story of the birds survival in Ireland unfolds.

The reintroduction involves a vast amount of work for a team of highly trained specialists from Norway and Ireland and for four years the makers of this documentary had exclusive access to the guardians of the project. It follows their triumphs and tragedies as they track the birds from capture abroad through the first months of their release in Ireland.