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The Secret Life of the Shannon / On a River in Ireland / Ireland's Wild River

2x1 hour & 1x1 hour for PBS, BBC, BAI, RTÉ, NPWS, ESB, Waterways Ireland, The Heritage Council

Winner of Best of Festival at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and Wildscreen Film Festival – the world's leading natural history film competitions. 


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 lives on the river - camping on its banks, living on a barge, exploring its tributaries in a traditional canoe - on a quest to reveal the natural history and wonderful wildlife of the greatest river in these islands.

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