Stories In Sound [Radio Ulster]

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2011122120140511 (RU)

Twenty years after it stole the show at the Eurovision Song Contest, Ryan Tubridy explores the Riverdance phenomenon, which still plays to full houses around the world.

"buds, Blues And Yellows"20171001

Kelly Bonner hears the stories about prescription drug addiction.

More people die from taking prescription drugs in Northern Ireland than are killed in car accidents. And more young people are getting hooked on them every year - just the latest in a long line of drugs they take for kicks. Why do they start taking them, and what happens when they want to stop? Kelly Bonner hears the stories of some drug users who speak frankly about the effect their addiction has on them, and she uncovers the devastating impact their deadly habit has on those around them.

A Question Of Identity20171015

Mark Carruthers explores Northern Irishness.

Northern Ireland is a place, it exists and you can find it on a map. But Northern Irishness is something different altogether. Is there a Northern Irish identity that's widely recognised and can be shared by people whatever their political affiliations might be? Does Northern Irishness exist - and if it does, what precisely is it? Mark Carruthers discusses identity with a range of people who feel strongly about who they are and how they want to identify themselves.

A Question Of Identity20171015

Mark Carruthers explores Northern Irishness.

Northern Ireland is a place, it exists and you can find it on a map. But Northern Irishness is something different altogether. Is there a Northern Irish identity that's widely recognised and can be shared by people whatever their political affiliations might be? Does Northern Irishness exist - and if it does, what precisely is it? Mark Carruthers discusses identity with a range of people who feel strongly about who they are and how they want to identify themselves.

A Question Of Identity20171019
A Question Of Identity20171019

Mark Carruthers explores Northern Irishness.

Northern Ireland is a place, it exists and you can find it on a map. But Northern Irishness is something different altogether. Is there a Northern Irish identity that's widely recognised and can be shared by people whatever their political affiliations might be? Does Northern Irishness exist - and if it does, what precisely is it? Mark Carruthers discusses identity with a range of people who feel strongly about who they are and how they want to identify themselves.

Broke City

Londonderry is consistently at the bottom of the table on measurements like unemployment, incomes and investment. Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad? Is it the long legacy of partition and political discrimination? Or has there been failure of leadership in the city? What can be done to reverse the years of economic decline? And could Brexit provide a catalyst for radical new thinking? BBC News NI's business editor, John Campbell, investigates.

Reporter: John Campbell
Producer: Anna Quigley.

Broke City20180311

Londonderry is consistently at the bottom of the table on measurements like unemployment, incomes and investment. Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad? Is it the long legacy of partition and political discrimination? Or has there been failure of leadership in the city? What can be done to reverse the years of economic decline? And could Brexit provide a catalyst for radical new thinking? BBC News NI's business editor, John Campbell, investigates.

Reporter: John Campbell
Producer: Anna Quigley.

Buds, Blues And Yellows20171001

Kelly Bonner hears the stories about prescription drug addiction.

More people die from taking prescription drugs in Northern Ireland than are killed in car accidents. And more young people are getting hooked on them every year - just the latest in a long line of drugs they take for kicks. Why do they start taking them, and what happens when they want to stop? Kelly Bonner hears the stories of some drug users who speak frankly about the effect their addiction has on them, and she uncovers the devastating impact their deadly habit has on those around them.

Kelly Bonner hears the stories about prescription drug addiction.

More people die from taking prescription drugs in Northern Ireland than are killed in car accidents. And more young people are getting hooked on them every year - just the latest in a long line of drugs they take for kicks. Why do they start taking them, and what happens when they want to stop? Kelly Bonner hears the stories of some drug users who speak frankly about the effect their addiction has on them, and she uncovers the devastating impact their deadly habit has on those around them.

Invisible Belfast20180103

A visitor to Belfast discovers a mysterious note.

Man Mountain

Biceps that peak like mountains. Calves that can withstand the weight of the globe. A chest that can press a lorry in on single rep. Think Samson. Think Hercules. Think Arnold. The quest for muscle is a timeless pursuit, and in the modern era of neighbourhood gyms and protein shakes, the obsession has consumed those who chase it. Presenter, Marty Cullen, has built muscle since he was a teen, completely immersing himself in a world where men want to be mountains. There are sacrifices that need to be made in order to grow: money, time, in some cases even health. Whilst bearing the brunt of some of these sacrifices himself, Marty discovers the extremes that some local men push themselves to in order to become larger than life. It is the feeling of never being good enough that fuels bodybuilders. They endure an endless thirst for perfection. Their sanctuary is the gym, the feeling of their hand warming the cold iron and the release of adrenaline when they lift more than they have ever conceived.

Man Mountain20180211

Marty Cullen discovers the extremes males push their bodies to become larger than life.

Biceps that peak like mountains. Calves that can withstand the weight of the globe. A chest that can press a lorry in on single rep. Think Samson. Think Hercules. Think Arnold. The quest for muscle is a timeless pursuit, and in the modern era of neighbourhood gyms and protein shakes, the obsession has consumed those who chase it. Presenter, Marty Cullen, has built muscle since he was a teen, completely immersing himself in a world where men want to be mountains. There are sacrifices that need to be made in order to grow: money, time, in some cases even health. Whilst bearing the brunt of some of these sacrifices himself, Marty discovers the extremes that some local men push themselves to in order to become larger than life. It is the feeling of never being good enough that fuels bodybuilders. They endure an endless thirst for perfection. Their sanctuary is the gym, the feeling of their hand warming the cold iron and the release of adrenaline when they lift more than they have ever conceived.

My Secret Wig20180128

Brian Kernohan explores the hidden world of the hairpiece.

My Secret Wig20180128

Brian Kernohan explores the hidden world of the hairpiece.

Notes from a Northern Irish Childhood20170910

Marie-Louise Muir dusts down her cello and rediscovers how music shaped her life.

Amidst the violence and bloody conflict of the early 1970s, youth orchestras sprang up across Northern Ireland. Aged seven, Marie-Louise Muir took a bus to orchestra practice every Saturday morning, carrying her cello across a landscape marred by bomb blasts, riots and civil unrest. While the violence raged, she met children from other religious backgrounds for the first time.

She formed friendships and a love of music that would endure long after the sound of gunfire had faded. But life moved on for Marie Louise. Her cello was set aside in her attic where it languished for 25 years. Even her own children have never heard her play. Now Marie-Louise dusts down her cello and allows it to reverberate with memories of a troubled but life-changing period. For Marie-Louise Muir, this is a personal and emotionally charged journey, taking her back to a time when her cello, the orchestra and music provided protection, friendship and hope.

Notes from a Northern Irish Childhood20170914

Marie-Louise Muir dusts down her cello and rediscovers how music shaped her life.

Amidst the violence and bloody conflict of the early 1970s, youth orchestras sprang up across Northern Ireland. Aged seven, Marie-Louise Muir took a bus to orchestra practice every Saturday morning, carrying her cello across a landscape marred by bomb blasts, riots and civil unrest. While the violence raged, she met children from other religious backgrounds for the first time.

She formed friendships and a love of music that would endure long after the sound of gunfire had faded. But life moved on for Marie Louise. Her cello was set aside in her attic where it languished for 25 years. Even her own children have never heard her play. Now Marie-Louise dusts down her cello and allows it to reverberate with memories of a troubled but life-changing period. For Marie-Louise Muir, this is a personal and emotionally charged journey, taking her back to a time when her cello, the orchestra and music provided protection, friendship and hope.

Notes From The Camino, Part 120180222 (RU)

Gerry Kelly travels along the Camino de Santiago to explore why so many make the journey.

Notes From The Camino, Part 120180218
Notes From The Camino, Part 120180218

Gerry Kelly travels along the Camino de Santiago to explore why so many make the journey.

Notes from the Camino, Part 2

Gerry Kelly completes his journey along the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago and beyond, to 'the end of the earth'. From its ancient connections to Dublin, to its popular starting point in Sarria, Spain, Gerry explores why so many people are drawn to walking the famous pilgrim network to the shrine of St James.

Notes from the Camino, Part 2

Gerry Kelly completes his journey along the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago and beyond, to 'the end of the earth'. From its ancient connections to Dublin, to its popular starting point in Sarria, Spain, Gerry explores why so many people are drawn to walking the famous pilgrim network to the shrine of St James.

Notes From The Camino, Part 220180225
Notes From The Camino, Part 220180225

Gerry Kelly completes his journey along the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago and beyond, to 'the end of the earth'. From its ancient connections to Dublin, to its popular starting point in Sarria, Spain, Gerry explores why so many people are drawn to walking the famous pilgrim network to the shrine of St James.

Gerry Kelly completes his journey along the Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela.

Gerry Kelly completes his journey along the final stretch of the Camino de Santiago and beyond, to 'the end of the earth'. From its ancient connections to Dublin, to its popular starting point in Sarria, Spain, Gerry explores why so many people are drawn to walking the famous pilgrim network to the shrine of St James.

On The Buses - From Swatragh to the World20180204

Ballymena man Paul Clegg is at the heart of the world's underground music industry.

Ballymena man Paul Clegg is at the heart of the world's music industry, keeping its life pumping through the veins of Europe via his company Crossland Tour Buses, based in Swatragh. In this feature, Frank Iero, Gogol Bordello and other luminaries from the touring circuit throughout the world, share their experiences of what life is like On the Buses.

On The Buses - From Swatragh To The World20180204

Ballymena man Paul Clegg is at the heart of the world's underground music industry.

Ballymena man Paul Clegg is at the heart of the world's music industry, keeping its life pumping through the veins of Europe via his company Crossland Tour Buses, based in Swatragh. In this feature, Frank Iero, Gogol Bordello and other luminaries from the touring circuit throughout the world, share their experiences of what life is like On the Buses.

Ship, Wreck And Ruin20180308 (RU)

Rick Faragher reports on the shipwrecks that may be at rest in the coastal waters of NI.

Ship, Wreck And Ruin20180304

Rick Faragher reports on the shipwrecks that may be at rest in the coastal waters of NI.

Smugglers' Coast20170917

David Hume uncovers tales of smuggling in the 18th and 19th century.

Historian David Hume explores Antrim and Down's coastline with the sea as his constant companion as he uncovers tales of smuggling in the 18th and 19th century. He investigates why the smuggling of salt, brandy, rum, whiskey and even tea were so prevalent in those times and recounts stories of the notorious local smugglers.

Smugglers' Coast20170921
Springtown Baby20180101

The story of Jane Russell's adoption of a boy from Derry's Springtown camp.

Marie-Louise Muir tells the story of a little boy called Thomas and two women - Hollywood superstar Jane Russell and Hannah McDermott from Derry's Springtown camp - which became an international scandal in the early 1950s, reverberating through the law courts of London and the boulevards of Beverly Hills.

Thalidomide: The Mother Of All Battles20171008

The campaign to bring the German government to account for the thalidomide scandal.

Like thousands of unsuspecting women, Agnes Lattimer was prescribed thalidomide for severe morning sickness. The drug caused her daughter Kim to be born without legs, and with stunted arms and deformed hands and feet. Their first battle was to get Kim a mainstream education, their next was for compensation. Now Kim is 55 and Agnes is 82, but they haven't given up their campaign to bring the German government to account for the pill scandal that damaged a generation.

Karen Atkinson reports.

Thalidomide: The Mother Of All Battles20171012
Thalidomide: The Mother Of All Battles20171012

The campaign to bring the German government to account for the thalidomide scandal.

Like thousands of unsuspecting women, Agnes Lattimer was prescribed thalidomide for severe morning sickness. The drug caused her daughter Kim to be born without legs, and with stunted arms and deformed hands and feet. Their first battle was to get Kim a mainstream education, their next was for compensation. Now Kim is 55 and Agnes is 82, but they haven't given up their campaign to bring the German government to account for the pill scandal that damaged a generation.

Karen Atkinson reports.

The campaign to bring the German government to account for the thalidomide scandal.

Like thousands of unsuspecting women, Agnes Lattimer was prescribed thalidomide for severe morning sickness. The drug caused her daughter Kim to be born without legs, and with stunted arms and deformed hands and feet. Their first battle was to get Kim a mainstream education, their next was for compensation. Now Kim is 55 and Agnes is 82, but they haven't given up their campaign to bring the German government to account for the pill scandal that damaged a generation.

Karen Atkinson reports.

The DUP Deal20170924

Chris Page examines the deal struck by the DUP with the Conservatives in June 2017.

In June 2017 the DUP struck a "confidence and supply" agreement with the Conservatives which guaranteed an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland in return for the party's support in the Commons on some key policy issues. BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Page examines how the deal was done and what its implications may be.

The Dup Deal2017092420170928
The DUP Deal20170928

Chris Page examines the deal struck by the DUP with the Conservatives in June 2017.

In June 2017 the DUP struck a "confidence and supply" agreement with the Conservatives which guaranteed an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland in return for the party's support in the Commons on some key policy issues. BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Page examines how the deal was done and what its implications may be.

The DUP Deal20170928

Chris Page examines the deal struck by the DUP with the Conservatives in June 2017.

In June 2017 the DUP struck a "confidence and supply" agreement with the Conservatives which guaranteed an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland in return for the party's support in the Commons on some key policy issues. BBC Ireland correspondent Chris Page examines how the deal was done and what its implications may be.

The Loudest House on the Street20180102

Cathy Moorehead explores what life is like for deaf people in Ireland.

The Recovery Cafe20180114

In the Recovery Cafe, recovering addicts find strength through the power of music.

The Recovery Cafe in Dromore is a place where recovering addicts find strength through the healing power of music.

This is the story of the cafe as told by the founder Sheila Smyth and the members of the Voice of Recovery Choir.

If you’ve been affected by addiction, help and support is available.
Details of organisations offering information and support with addiction are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 155 947

The Recovery Cafe20180114

In the Recovery Cafe, recovering addicts find strength through the power of music.

The Recovery Cafe in Dromore is a place where recovering addicts find strength through the healing power of music.

This is the story of the cafe as told by the founder Sheila Smyth and the members of the Voice of Recovery Choir.

If you’ve been affected by addiction, help and support is available.
Details of organisations offering information and support with addiction are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline, or you can call for free, at any time to hear recorded information on 08000 155 947

To Whom It May Concern20171231

Proinsias O'Coinn sets out to untangle the secret history of a vintage army jacket.

Ulster's Forgotten Darling2012082720140508 (RU)

Fionola Meredith goes in search of writer-scholar Helen Waddell, once known as 'Ulster's Darling', who sold millions of books in the 1920s and '30s but who died forgotten in 1965.

012012091220140420 (RU)
20140424 (RU)

Professor Geoffrey Beattie learns how Northern Irish 18-year-olds feel about their country's past and future. Is the Good Friday Generation doomed to carry the baggage of the past?

012012091220140424 (RU)
20140420 (RU)

Professor Geoffrey Beattie learns how Northern Irish 18-year-olds feel about their country's past and future. Is the Good Friday Generation doomed to carry the baggage of the past?

Professor Geoffrey Beattie learns how Northern Irish 18-year-olds feel about their country's past and future. Is the Good Friday Generation doomed to carry the baggage of the past?

02Speculating The Emerald Isle2013031520140427 (RU)
20140501 (RU)

Oil speculators are on the scene in the four corners of Ireland. Could an oil bonanza be the answer to the nation's economic problems? BBC Ireland reporter Andy Martin investigates.

Oil speculators are on the scene in the four corners of Ireland. Could an oil bonanza be the answer to the nation's economic problems? BBC Ireland reporter Andy Martin investigates.

Oil speculators are on the scene in the four corners of Ireland. Could an oil bonanza be the answer to the nation's economic problems? BBC Ireland reporter Andy Martin investigates.

03Ulster's Forgotten Darling2012082720140504 (RU)
20140508 (RU)

Fionola Meredith goes in search of writer-scholar Helen Waddell, once known as 'Ulster's Darling', who sold millions of books in the 1920s and '30s but who died forgotten in 1965.

03Ulster's Forgotten Darling2012082720140504 (RU)

Fionola Meredith goes in search of writer-scholar Helen Waddell, once known as 'Ulster's Darling', who sold millions of books in the 1920s and '30s but who died forgotten in 1965.

042011122120140511 (RU)

Twenty years after it stole the show at the Eurovision Song Contest, Ryan Tubridy explores the Riverdance phenomenon, which still plays to full houses around the world.

042011122120140511 (RU)

Twenty years after it stole the show at the Eurovision Song Contest, Ryan Tubridy explores the Riverdance phenomenon, which still plays to full houses around the world.

05Father Of The Big Bang2012060720140518 (RU)
20140522 (RU)

William Crawley tells the story of the Catholic priest who originated the Big Bang theory.

William Crawley tells the story of Georges Lemaitre, the Catholic priest who originated the Big Bang theory.

05Father of the Big Bang2012060720140522 (RU)
20140518 (RU)

William Crawley tells the story of the Catholic priest who originated the Big Bang theory.

William Crawley tells the story of Georges Lemaitre, the Catholic priest who originated the Big Bang theory.

06The New Group2012080520140525 (RU)
20140529 (RU)

Writer and broadcaster Ian Sansom explores Belfast's burgeoning poetry scene.

Writer and broadcaster Ian Sansom explores Belfast's burgeoning poetry scene and asks why the city boasts so many poets.

07Derry To Mostar And The Conquest Of Happiness2013121620140601 (RU)
20140605 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir joins a play as it travels from Londonderry to the Bosnian city Mostar.

Marie-Louise Muir follows a play co-produced in Northern Ireland and Bosnia as it travels from Derry-Londonderry to Mostar, asking what use is art in traumatic situations?

07Derry to Mostar and the Conquest of Happiness2013121620140605 (RU)
20140601 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir joins a play as it travels from Londonderry to the Bosnian city Mostar.

Marie-Louise Muir follows a play co-produced in Northern Ireland and Bosnia as it travels from Derry-Londonderry to Mostar, asking what use is art in traumatic situations?

08Retreat From The Sea2014102620141030 (RU)
20150104 (RU)
20150108 (RU)

Jenny Witt investigates the idea of a 'planned retreat' inland, which some scientists now believe is the best option in the face of rising sea levels around Northern Ireland.

08Retreat from the Sea2014102620150108 (RU)
20150104 (RU)
20141030 (RU)

Jenny Witt investigates the idea of a 'planned retreat' inland, which some scientists now believe is the best option in the face of rising sea levels around Northern Ireland.

Jenny Witt investigates the idea of a 'planned retreat' inland, which some scientists now believe is the best option in the face of rising sea levels around Northern Ireland.

Jenny Witt investigates the idea of a 'planned retreat' inland, which some scientists now believe is the best option in the face of rising sea levels around Northern Ireland.

Jenny Witt investigates the idea of a 'planned retreat' inland, which some scientists now believe is the best option in the face of rising sea levels around Northern Ireland.

09Cold Water California2014110220141106 (RU)

Mark Patterson explores how surfing is shaping Ireland's coastal communities.

Mark Patterson explores how surfing is shaping Ireland's coastal communities north and south of the border.

09Cold Water California2014110220141106 (RU)

Mark Patterson explores how surfing is shaping Ireland's coastal communities.

Mark Patterson explores how surfing is shaping Ireland's coastal communities north and south of the border.

10Dinner At Annaghmakerrig2014060920141109 (RU)
20141113 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir meets Ireland's artists at the former home of Sir Tyrone Guthrie.

Marie-Louise Muir meets Ireland's artists at the former ancestral home of theatre impresario Sir Tyrone Guthrie.

Before his death in 1971, giant of world theatre and pioneer of the open stage, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, bequeathed his ancestral home at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, to the Irish State as a residential workplace and retreat for artists.

Today 'The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig' continues to function as a vital cog within the creative landscape of writers, composers, painters and dancers from Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and beyond. It's a flagship example of cross-border co-operation, dependent on joint funding from Arts Councils on both sides of the Irish border and could be seen as a barometer of the nation's cultural health overall.

Crucially, Guthrie stated in his will that a condition of any residency at Annaghmakerrig would be that guests sit together for dinner each evening in the dining room of this historic house set among the rolling hills of the Irish countryside.

Now arts journalist and broadcaster, Marie-Louise Muir, is joined for 'Dinner At Annaghmakerrig' by Irish composer Neil Martin, Belfast born visual artist Rita Duffy and former Creative Director of Dublin's Abbey theatre, Christopher Fitzsimon. Together, over fine food and against a backdrop of archival recordings of the great man himself, they share their perspectives on Guthrie's gift and legacy and explain what they believe to be the role of the arts and the artist in Irish society today.

Producer: Conor Garrett.

10Dinner at Annaghmakerrig2014060920141113 (RU)
20141109 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir meets Ireland's artists at the former home of Sir Tyrone Guthrie.

Marie-Louise Muir meets Ireland's artists at the former ancestral home of theatre impresario Sir Tyrone Guthrie.

Before his death in 1971, giant of world theatre and pioneer of the open stage, Sir Tyrone Guthrie, bequeathed his ancestral home at Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, to the Irish State as a residential workplace and retreat for artists.

Today 'The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig' continues to function as a vital cog within the creative landscape of writers, composers, painters and dancers from Northern Ireland, the Irish Republic and beyond. It's a flagship example of cross-border co-operation, dependent on joint funding from Arts Councils on both sides of the Irish border and could be seen as a barometer of the nation's cultural health overall.

Crucially, Guthrie stated in his will that a condition of any residency at Annaghmakerrig would be that guests sit together for dinner each evening in the dining room of this historic house set among the rolling hills of the Irish countryside.

Now arts journalist and broadcaster, Marie-Louise Muir, is joined for 'Dinner At Annaghmakerrig' by Irish composer Neil Martin, Belfast born visual artist Rita Duffy and former Creative Director of Dublin's Abbey theatre, Christopher Fitzsimon. Together, over fine food and against a backdrop of archival recordings of the great man himself, they share their perspectives on Guthrie's gift and legacy and explain what they believe to be the role of the arts and the artist in Irish society today.

Producer: Conor Garrett.

11Piers The Plowman Revisited2014081720141116 (RU)
20141120 (RU)

Writer Ian Sansom attempts to adapt for radio William Langland's medieval dream poem.

It's one of the strangest, most complex and frustrating works in Middle English, so when writer Ian Sansom is tasked with coming up with a radio adaptation of William Langland's medieval dream poem 'Piers the Plowman', it presents a bit of a challenge.

His producer's solution? To lock Ian away in a Curfew Tower in the Glens of Antrim and challenge him to come up with his adaptation over the course of a weekend, after which time he'll be expected to put on a performance.

The 14th century poem - part theological allegory, part social satire - may have eluded scholars for centuries but Ian has help at hand. Aside from three poetry students from Queen's University, renowned medievalist Dr Stephen Kelly will be there to guide him on his quest for salvation.

As Ian grapples with the text written in alliterative long lines and framed in a series of dream visions, adaptation expert Brian Sibley will be just a phone call away. Then there's the members of Belfast outfit The Wireless Mystery Theatre who'll be dropping by to bring music and their own distinctive style to Ian's performance.

Who knows, it could turn out to be a dream...or it could be a nightmare.

Producer: Conor Garrett

Sound Design: Jason Martin.

11Piers the Plowman Revisited2014081720141120 (RU)
20141116 (RU)

Writer Ian Sansom attempts to adapt for radio William Langland's medieval dream poem.

It's one of the strangest, most complex and frustrating works in Middle English, so when writer Ian Sansom is tasked with coming up with a radio adaptation of William Langland's medieval dream poem 'Piers the Plowman', it presents a bit of a challenge.

His producer's solution? To lock Ian away in a Curfew Tower in the Glens of Antrim and challenge him to come up with his adaptation over the course of a weekend, after which time he'll be expected to put on a performance.

The 14th century poem - part theological allegory, part social satire - may have eluded scholars for centuries but Ian has help at hand. Aside from three poetry students from Queen's University, renowned medievalist Dr Stephen Kelly will be there to guide him on his quest for salvation.

As Ian grapples with the text written in alliterative long lines and framed in a series of dream visions, adaptation expert Brian Sibley will be just a phone call away. Then there's the members of Belfast outfit The Wireless Mystery Theatre who'll be dropping by to bring music and their own distinctive style to Ian's performance.

Who knows, it could turn out to be a dream...or it could be a nightmare.

Producer: Conor Garrett

Sound Design: Jason Martin.

12Clearing The Air2014033120141123 (RU)
20141127 (RU)

Denis Murray looks at the impact of smoke-free laws around Europe over the last decade.

Ten years ago, Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. On 29 March 2004, the air cleared in Ireland's bars, restaurants and other buildings - and there was hardly any backlash. The pub-loving nation became the model for a global health revolution. In the decade since, countries across the world have passed smoke-free laws of their own. In this programme, the BBC's former Ireland Correspondent Denis Murray looks at the impact of this type of anti-smoking legislation across Europe - and considers the future of tobacco.

Denis's journey begins in Dublin, where he recalls how radical a move the smoking ban was at the time. His old haunt, Mulligan's bar, used to be memorable for its blue, reeking fug. And the success of the ban in Ireland made international news - leading other countries to follow suit.

So Denis travels to two very contrasting cities to compare attitudes to smoking ten years on.

The Czech Republic has the most liberal smoking laws in the European Union. In Prague, going to a bar can feel like stepping back in time - many of them permit smoking.

France, so long synonymous with romantic movies featuring characters speaking to each other through clouds of smoke, has followed Ireland's lead and banned smoking in public places. Paris is a city with a fascinating relationship with tobacco - where the debate is often about philosophy as much as science.

In a journey across three countries, with a cast list of doctors, politicians and businesspeople - with the odd musician and philosopher thrown in - "Clearing the Air" poses and answers many questions about the effect which smoke-free laws are having on health and society.

Producer: Chris Page.

12Clearing the Air2014033120141123 (RU)
20141127 (RU)

Ten years ago, Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. On 29 March 2004, the air cleared in Ireland's bars, restaurants and other buildings - and there was hardly any backlash. The pub-loving nation became the model for a global health revolution. In the decade since, countries across the world have passed smoke-free laws of their own. In this programme, the BBC's former Ireland Correspondent Denis Murray looks at the impact of this type of anti-smoking legislation across Europe - and considers the future of tobacco.

Denis's journey begins in Dublin, where he recalls how radical a move the smoking ban was at the time. His old haunt, Mulligan's bar, used to be memorable for its blue, reeking fug. And the success of the ban in Ireland made international news - leading other countries to follow suit.

So Denis travels to two very contrasting cities to compare attitudes to smoking ten years on.

The Czech Republic has the most liberal smoking laws in the European Union. In Prague, going to a bar can feel like stepping back in time - many of them permit smoking.

France, so long synonymous with romantic movies featuring characters speaking to each other through clouds of smoke, has followed Ireland's lead and banned smoking in public places. Paris is a city with a fascinating relationship with tobacco - where the debate is often about philosophy as much as science.

In a journey across three countries, with a cast list of doctors, politicians and businesspeople - with the odd musician and philosopher thrown in - "Clearing the Air" poses and answers many questions about the effect which smoke-free laws are having on health and society.

Producer: Chris Page.

Denis Murray looks at the impact of smoke-free laws around Europe over the last decade.

13Don't Go Far2014113020141204 (RU)

The story of two young Dublin boys who, in August 1985, took a Dart ride that went several thousand miles beyond their stop.

The story of two young Dublin boys who took a Dart ride that went beyond their stop.

13Don't Go Far2014113020141204 (RU)

The story of two young Dublin boys who, in August 1985, took a Dart ride that went several thousand miles beyond their stop.

The story of two young Dublin boys who took a Dart ride that went beyond their stop.

14Lisdoonvarna: Ireland's Love Capital2012061020141207 (RU)
20141211 (RU)
20170108 (RU)
20170112 (RU)

Alison Finch joins thousands of hopefuls from across the world at the 2012 Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Co Clare.

Alison Finch joins thousands of hopefuls at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.

14Lisdoonvarna: Ireland's Love Capital2012061020170112 (RU)
20170108 (RU)
20141207 (RU)
20141211 (RU)

Alison Finch joins thousands of hopefuls from across the world at the 2012 Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Co Clare.

Alison Finch joins thousands of hopefuls from across the world at the 2012 Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Co Clare.

Alison Finch joins thousands of hopefuls from across the world at the 2012 Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in Co Clare.

Alison Finch joins thousands of hopefuls at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.

15Nowhere To Go2014021620141229 (RU)

Chris Page investigates the issues faced by asylum seekers who arrive in Belfast and how their plight affects and reflects society.

15Nowhere to Go2014021620141229 (RU)

Chris Page investigates the issues faced by asylum seekers who arrive in Belfast and how their plight affects and reflects society.

17Katikati - The Ulster Colony Down Under2014020920150102 (RU)

Mark Thompson recounts the story of the Ulster Scots pioneers who travelled to New Zealand in the 1870s to start a new life.

17Katikati - The Ulster Colony Down Under2014020920150102 (RU)

Mark Thompson recounts the story of the Ulster Scots pioneers who travelled to New Zealand in the 1870s to start a new life.

18Vice Girl Or Victim?2015021520150219 (RU)

Lynne sells sex in Belfast to pay off debts to those who got her into the country. Will new legislation help the girls recruited into this industry? Andy Pag reports.

Andy Pag reports on the story of a Chinese sex worker in Belfast working to pay off debts.

19The Roots Of Rave2015022220150226 (RU)
20150823 (RU)
20150824 (RU)
20160828 (RU)
20160829 (RU)

In the early 1990s dance music changed youth culture forever. In Belfast the biggest raves were at the Ulster Hall. Who was behind them, why did they end and what is their legacy?

John Campbell reports on the legacy of raves at the Ulster Hall in the 1990s.

19The Roots of Rave2015022220150824 (RU)
20150226 (RU)
20160829 (RU)
20160828 (RU)
20150823 (RU)

John Campbell reports on the legacy of raves at the Ulster Hall in the 1990s.

John Campbell reports on the legacy of raves at the Ulster Hall in the 1990s.

In the early 1990s dance music changed youth culture forever. In Belfast the biggest raves were at the Ulster Hall. Who was behind them, why did they end and what is their legacy?

In the early 1990s dance music changed youth culture forever. In Belfast the biggest raves were at the Ulster Hall. Who was behind them, why did they end and what is their legacy?

In the early 1990s dance music changed youth culture forever. In Belfast the biggest raves were at the Ulster Hall. Who was behind them, why did they end and what is their legacy?

In the early 1990s dance music changed youth culture forever. In Belfast the biggest raves were at the Ulster Hall. Who was behind them, why did they end and what is their legacy?

20Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard2015030120150305 (RU)

Chris Capper tells the story of the Ulster Home Guard.

Chris Capper tells the story of the Ulster Home Guard, including why Catholics were deeply suspicious of it and did not join up.

20Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard2015030120150305 (RU)

Chris Capper tells the story of the Ulster Home Guard.

Chris Capper tells the story of the Ulster Home Guard, including why Catholics were deeply suspicious of it and did not join up.

21The Death Of A Dream Team2015030820150312 (RU)
20150830 (RU)
20150831 (RU)

The untold story of Ballyhackamore GAA, east Belfast's Gaelic football club, which survived for just a few seasons in the late 1960s. With Kevin Magee.

Kevin Magee tells the story of Ballyhackamore GAA, east Belfast's Gaelic football team.

21The Death of a Dream Team2015030820150831 (RU)
20150830 (RU)
20150312 (RU)

The untold story of Ballyhackamore GAA, east Belfast's Gaelic football club, which survived for just a few seasons in the late 1960s. With Kevin Magee.

The untold story of Ballyhackamore GAA, east Belfast's Gaelic football club, which survived for just a few seasons in the late 1960s. With Kevin Magee.

The untold story of Ballyhackamore GAA, east Belfast's Gaelic football club, which survived for just a few seasons in the late 1960s. With Kevin Magee.

Kevin Magee tells the story of Ballyhackamore GAA, east Belfast's Gaelic football team.

22Keeping The Faith2015031520150319 (RU)

Elaine McGee asks if allowing priests to marry could help reverse falling numbers.

Declining numbers of Catholics are joining the priesthood. Elaine McGee asks if allowing priests to marry could be a solution.

22Keeping the Faith2015031520150319 (RU)

Elaine McGee asks if allowing priests to marry could help reverse falling numbers.

Declining numbers of Catholics are joining the priesthood. Elaine McGee asks if allowing priests to marry could be a solution.

23The Lady Computer Of Strabane2015032220150326 (RU)

Anne-Marie McAleese goes in search of pioneering astronomer Annie Maunder.

Anne-Marie McAleese goes in search of pioneering astronomer and solar photographer Annie Maunder.

23The Lady Computer of Strabane2015032220150326 (RU)

Anne-Marie McAleese goes in search of pioneering astronomer Annie Maunder.

Anne-Marie McAleese goes in search of pioneering astronomer and solar photographer Annie Maunder.

24Culchie And Proud2015032920150402 (RU)
20161228 (RU)

Exploring the accents, dialects, characteristics and customs that make the world of the Culchie unique.

Exploring the unique world of the Culchie.

24Culchie and Proud2015032920150402 (RU)
20161228 (RU)

Exploring the unique world of the Culchie.

Exploring the accents, dialects, characteristics and customs that make the world of the Culchie unique.

Exploring the accents, dialects, characteristics and customs that make the world of the Culchie unique.

25Craigavon: The New City2015040520150409 (RU)

Historian Eamon Phoenix explores the fifty-year history of Craigavon, meeting some of the key people behind the original plans.

25Craigavon: The New City2015040520150409 (RU)

Historian Eamon Phoenix explores the fifty-year history of Craigavon, meeting some of the key people behind the original plans.

Historian Eamon Phoenix explores the fifty year history of Craigavon, meeting some of the key people behind the original plans.

26A Diamond In The Rough2015041220151230 (RU)
20170105 (RU)

Football fan Rigsy goes on the trail of Belfast footballer Jimmy Hasty, who made European Cup history with Dundalk FC and was League of Ireland top scorer.

26A Diamond in the Rough2015041220170105 (RU)
20151230 (RU)
20150416 (RU)

Football fan Rigsy goes on the trail of Belfast footballer Jimmy Hasty, who made European Cup history with Dundalk FC and was League of Ireland top scorer.

Football fan Rigsy goes on the trail of Belfast footballer Jimmy Hasty, who made European Cup history with Dundalk FC and was League of Ireland top scorer.

Football fan Rigsy goes on the trail of Belfast footballer Jimmy Hasty, who made European Cup history with Dundalk FC and was League of Ireland top scorer.

Football fan Rigsy goes on the trail of Belfast footballer Jimmy Hasty, who made European Cup history with Dundalk FC and was League of Ireland top scorer.

27Churchill's Grave2015041920150423 (RU)

William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's final resting place in Bladon, Oxfordshire, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death in January 1965.

27Churchill's Grave2015041920150423 (RU)

William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's final resting place in Bladon, Oxfordshire, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death in January 1965.

William Crawley travels to Winston Churchill's final resting place in Bladon, Oxfordshire, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his death in January 1965.

28Saved2015042620150430 (RU)

Phillip Gallagher follows traveller and evangelical preacher, John Purcell, as he spreads the gospel, tries to heal the sick and sell a few caravans along the way.

Producer Philip Gallagher follows evangelical preacher John Purcell as he spreads the Gospel and tries to heal the sick.

28Saved2015042620150430 (RU)

Producer Philip Gallagher follows evangelical preacher John Purcell as he spreads the Gospel and tries to heal the sick.

Phillip Gallagher follows traveller and evangelical preacher, John Purcell, as he spreads the gospel, tries to heal the sick and sell a few caravans along the way.

29War Beneath The Waves2015050320150507 (RU)

Jenny Witt tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago, which marked a terrifying new phase of the First World War.

29War Beneath The Waves2015050320150507 (RU)

Jenny Witt tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago, which marked a terrifying new phase of the First World War.

Jenny Witt tells the story of the sinking of the Lusitania 100 years ago, which marked a terrifying new phase of the First World War.

30My Tall Ship Adventure2015083020150903 (RU)

In the Tall Ship Races 2015, Cathy Moorehead set sail on the Sorlandet from Belfast to Alesund in Norway. Gaining 24 hour access to all of the day-to-day goings on, we learn about life on board...

30My Tall Ship Adventure2015083020150903 (RU)

In the Tall Ship Races 2015, Cathy Moorehead set sail on the Sorlandet from Belfast to Alesund in Norway. Gaining 24 hour access to all of the day-to-day goings on, we learn about life on board...

In the Tall Ship Races 2015, Cathy Moorehead set sail on the Sorlandet from Belfast to Alesund in Norway. Gaining 24 hour access to all of the day-to-day goings on, we learn about life on board...

31Derry Taxi Tales2015090620150910 (RU)

Award-winning documentary-maker Rob Mulhern pays a visit to Londonderry, using the city's taxi drivers as his guide.

31Derry Taxi Tales2015090620150910 (RU)

Award-winning documentary-maker Rob Mulhern pays a visit to Londonderry, using the city's taxi drivers as his guide.

Award-winning documentary-maker Rob Mulhern pays a visit to Londonderry, using the city's taxi drivers as his guide.

32Fighting To Stay The Same2015091320150917 (RU)

Andy Martin examines the current state of loyalism in Northern Ireland.

32Fighting to Stay the Same2015091320150917 (RU)

Andy Martin examines the current state of loyalism in Northern Ireland.

Andy Martin examines the current state of loyalism in Northern Ireland.

33Beyond A Reasonable Doubt2015092720151001 (RU)
20160814 (RU)
20160815 (RU)

Kevin Magee investigates the case of an east Belfast man jailed for life in 2007 who for nine years has protested his innocence regarding the brutal murder.

33Beyond a Reasonable Doubt2015092720160815 (RU)
20160814 (RU)
20151001 (RU)

Kevin Magee investigates the case of an east Belfast man jailed for life in 2007 who for nine years has protested his innocence regarding the brutal murder.

Kevin Magee investigates the case of an east Belfast man jailed for life in 2007 who for nine years has protested his innocence regarding the brutal murder.

Kevin Magee investigates the case of an east Belfast man jailed for life in 2007 who for nine years has protested his innocence regarding the brutal murder.

Kevin Magee investigates the case of an east Belfast man jailed for life in 2007 who for nine years has protested his innocence regarding the brutal murder.

33Wild In The Country2015092020150924 (RU)
20160103 (RU)
20160821 (RU)
20160822 (RU)

Julian Fowler investigates the plight of Northern Ireland's endangered creatures and the efforts to protect them in the face of opposition.

33Wild in the Country2015092020160822 (RU)
20160821 (RU)
20160103 (RU)
20150924 (RU)

Julian Fowler investigates the plight of Northern Ireland's endangered creatures and the efforts to protect them in the face of opposition.

Julian Fowler investigates the plight of Northern Ireland's endangered creatures and the efforts to protect them in the face of opposition.

Julian Fowler investigates the plight of Northern Ireland's endangered creatures and the efforts to protect them in the face of opposition.

Julian Fowler investigates the plight of Northern Ireland's endangered creatures and the efforts to protect them in the face of opposition.

Julian Fowler investigates the plight of Northern Ireland's endangered creatures and the efforts to protect them in the face of opposition.

34Orangemen On The Equator2015100420160807 (RU)
20160808 (RU)

Journalist Chris Page journeys to West Africa to meet members of the Ghanaian Orange Order

Founded 220 years ago, the Orange Order is a Protestant organisation which, its members say, stands for civil liberties, fraternity and faith. However in the divided society of Northern Ireland it is rarely out of the news. Many Irish Nationalists and Republicans view it as an anti-Catholic, triumphalist organisation and disputes over some contentious Orange parades have generated headlines around the world.

What is less well known is that in a tropical land three thousand miles away, there are Orange lodges made up of African men and women. Members of the Orange Order in Ghana share the same emblems and follow the same rituals as their brethren in Northern Ireland. While there may not be sectarian conflict in their homeland, the Orangemen on the Equator feel they too are misrepresented and misunderstood.

Journalist Chris Page travels to West Africa to find out how the Orange Order took root there. Comparing the African brand of Orangeism to that found in his native Northern Ireland, he peers into the soul of an organisation which has been characterised by its ability to survive. While members in Ulster say they have been demonised by Irish Nationalists opposed to their Unionism, their brethren in Ghana describe their challenges in the face of prejudice from churches and wider society.

From post-colonial Ghana to post-conflict Northern Ireland, Chris asks what the true essence of this often controversial fraternity really is - and what these two contrasting branches of the Orange Order can learn from each other as they consider their futures.

34Orangemen on the Equator2015100420160808 (RU)
20160807 (RU)

Journalist Chris Page journeys to West Africa to meet members of the Ghanaian Orange Order

Journalist Chris Page journeys to West Africa to meet members of the Ghanaian Orange Order

Founded 220 years ago, the Orange Order is a Protestant organisation which, its members say, stands for civil liberties, fraternity and faith. However in the divided society of Northern Ireland it is rarely out of the news. Many Irish Nationalists and Republicans view it as an anti-Catholic, triumphalist organisation and disputes over some contentious Orange parades have generated headlines around the world.

What is less well known is that in a tropical land three thousand miles away, there are Orange lodges made up of African men and women. Members of the Orange Order in Ghana share the same emblems and follow the same rituals as their brethren in Northern Ireland. While there may not be sectarian conflict in their homeland, the Orangemen on the Equator feel they too are misrepresented and misunderstood.

Journalist Chris Page travels to West Africa to find out how the Orange Order took root there. Comparing the African brand of Orangeism to that found in his native Northern Ireland, he peers into the soul of an organisation which has been characterised by its ability to survive. While members in Ulster say they have been demonised by Irish Nationalists opposed to their Unionism, their brethren in Ghana describe their challenges in the face of prejudice from churches and wider society.

From post-colonial Ghana to post-conflict Northern Ireland, Chris asks what the true essence of this often controversial fraternity really is - and what these two contrasting branches of the Orange Order can learn from each other as they consider their futures.

Founded 220 years ago, the Orange Order is a Protestant organisation which, its members say, stands for civil liberties, fraternity and faith. However in the divided society of Northern Ireland it is rarely out of the news. Many Irish Nationalists and Republicans view it as an anti-Catholic, triumphalist organisation and disputes over some contentious Orange parades have generated headlines around the world.

What is less well known is that in a tropical land three thousand miles away, there are Orange lodges made up of African men and women. Members of the Orange Order in Ghana share the same emblems and follow the same rituals as their brethren in Northern Ireland. While there may not be sectarian conflict in their homeland, the Orangemen on the Equator feel they too are misrepresented and misunderstood.

Journalist Chris Page travels to West Africa to find out how the Orange Order took root there. Comparing the African brand of Orangeism to that found in his native Northern Ireland, he peers into the soul of an organisation which has been characterised by its ability to survive. While members in Ulster say they have been demonised by Irish Nationalists opposed to their Unionism, their brethren in Ghana describe their challenges in the face of prejudice from churches and wider society.

From post-colonial Ghana to post-conflict Northern Ireland, Chris asks what the true essence of this often controversial fraternity really is - and what these two contrasting branches of the Orange Order can learn from each other as they consider their futures.

35Back Down The River2015112220151126 (RU)

Mark Patterson and Boyd McClurg canoe from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic Ocean.

As teenage Mods in 1980s Lurgan, Mark and Boyd were best mates. In their twenties they canoed, hiked and climbed their way round Ireland and beyond, but as life moved on, they slowly grew apart. Now, as they approach their 50th birthdays, they set out on a canoe trip they’ve always wanted to take, from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic ocean along the tranquil waters of the Lower Bann. As they meet fishermen, lock keepers, otters and kingfishers, they reflect on the different paths their lives have taken, and whether or not they’ve found happiness.

Produced by Conor McKay

35Back Down the River2015112220151126 (RU)

Mark Patterson and Boyd McClurg canoe from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic Ocean.

As teenage Mods in 1980s Lurgan, Mark and Boyd were best mates. In their twenties they canoed, hiked and climbed their way round Ireland and beyond, but as life moved on, they slowly grew apart. Now, as they approach their 50th birthdays, they set out on a canoe trip they’ve always wanted to take, from Lough Neagh to the Atlantic ocean along the tranquil waters of the Lower Bann. As they meet fishermen, lock keepers, otters and kingfishers, they reflect on the different paths their lives have taken, and whether or not they’ve found happiness.

Produced by Conor McKay

36Lacrimosa2015112920151203 (RU)

Proinsias O'Coinn tries find a piece of art that can make him cry.

For most of his life, 26-year-old Proinsias O'Coinn, has thought that there's something wrong with him.

Ever since he was a teenager he's been trying to find a song, a film, a poem or any piece of art that could make him cry.

When friends would be moved to tears by a weepy film or a sad song, Proinsias would look on in envy, wishing it could have the same effect on him. You see in his head, being able to cry at a piece of art would allow him to appreciate and engage with it like everyone else.

He's come close on a number of occasions. Like when Jean Grey kills Professor X in X-Men 3 or when listening to the Adele song 'One and Only'. But it's the sheer joy at these moments; that this could be it, this could be the time he's finally able to cry, that stops the tears from coming. It's like the sneeze that comes tantalisingly close but just never happens.

So Proinsias is on a mission to find a piece of art that has the power to make him cry. But as he embarks on this very personal journey, he finds himself facing up to far bigger questions about himself and who he is.

Producer: Conor Garrett.

36Lacrimosa2015112920151203 (RU)
20160505 (RU)

Proinsias O'Coinn tries find a piece of art that can make him cry.

For most of his life, 26-year-old Proinsias O'Coinn, has thought that there's something wrong with him.

Ever since he was a teenager he's been trying to find a song, a film, a poem or any piece of art that could make him cry.

When friends would be moved to tears by a weepy film or a sad song, Proinsias would look on in envy, wishing it could have the same effect on him. You see in his head, being able to cry at a piece of art would allow him to appreciate and engage with it like everyone else.

He's come close on a number of occasions. Like when Jean Grey kills Professor X in X-Men 3 or when listening to the Adele song 'One and Only'. But it's the sheer joy at these moments; that this could be it, this could be the time he's finally able to cry, that stops the tears from coming. It's like the sneeze that comes tantalisingly close but just never happens.

So Proinsias is on a mission to find a piece of art that has the power to make him cry. But as he embarks on this very personal journey, he finds himself facing up to far bigger questions about himself and who he is.

Producer: Conor Garrett.

For most of his life, 26-year-old Proinsias O'Coinn, has thought that there's something wrong with him.

Ever since he was a teenager he's been trying to find a song, a film, a poem or any piece of art that could make him cry.

When friends would be moved to tears by a weepy film or a sad song, Proinsias would look on in envy, wishing it could have the same effect on him. You see in his head, being able to cry at a piece of art would allow him to appreciate and engage with it like everyone else.

He's come close on a number of occasions. Like when Jean Grey kills Professor X in X-Men 3 or when listening to the Adele song 'One and Only'. But it's the sheer joy at these moments; that this could be it, this could be the time he's finally able to cry, that stops the tears from coming. It's like the sneeze that comes tantalisingly close but just never happens.

So Proinsias is on a mission to find a piece of art that has the power to make him cry. But as he embarks on this very personal journey, he finds himself facing up to far bigger questions about himself and who he is.

Producer: Conor Garrett.

38The Loudest House On The Street2015120620161227 (RU)

Cathy Moorehead shares stories from her upbringing and explores what life is like for deaf people in Ireland.

38The Loudest House on the Street2015120620161227 (RU)
20151210 (RU)

Cathy Moorehead shares stories from her upbringing and explores what life is like for deaf people in Ireland.

Cathy Moorehead shares stories from her upbringing and explores what life is like for deaf people in Ireland.

Cathy Moorehead explores what life is like for deaf people in Ireland.

39Ten Pound Pom Mum20151213

Classical guitarist Craig Ogden journeys to Northern Ireland to retrace his mother's childhood before she immigrated to Australia in 1954 as a Ten Pound Pom.

39Ten Pound Pom Mum2015121320151217 (RU)

Classical guitarist Craig Ogden journeys to Northern Ireland to retrace his mother's childhood before she immigrated to Australia in 1954 as a Ten Pound Pom.

Classical guitarist Craig Ogden journeys to Northern Ireland to retrace his mother's childhood before she immigrated to Australia in 1954 as a Ten Pound Pom.

40Tea & Cappuccino2015122020151222 (RU)

Anne Marie McAleese meets the Italian families whose ancestors left the village of Casalattico to build a new life in Northern Ireland.

Anne Marie McAleese meets some of Northern Ireland's Italian families.

Anne Marie McAleese meets the Italian families whose ancestors left the village of Casalattico to build a new life in Northern Ireland.

41Jocelyn and the Radio Star2016020720160211 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir meets Jocelyn Bell Burnell, famous for making one of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the 20th century.

Marie-Louise Muir meets Jocelyn Bell Burnell, famous for making one of the most significant astronomical discoveries of the 20th century.

42Roads Less Travelled2016021420160218 (RU)

Brian Kernohan travels to the Dark Hedges to ask why we make the choices we do in life. He meets Dawn Purvis at a photoshoot and talks to her about her journey from young mum, to politician and on to the public face of the Marie Stopes Clinic. He also explores different paths others have chosen to take with victims campaigner Raymond McCord, Patrick Cregg from the Woodland Trust and people who live and work near the Dark Hedges.

Brian Kernohan talks to Dawn Purvis about her journey through life.

Brian Kernohan talks to Dawn Purvis about her journey from young mum, to politician and on to the public face of the Marie Stopes Clinic.

Brian Kernohan talks to Dawn Purvis about her journey from young mum, to politician and on to the public face of the Marie Stopes Clinic.

43Can You Prove It Was Murder?20160221

Tim McGarry reopens the police files of John Bodkin Adams, the Northern Irish doctor rumoured to have killed hundreds of his patients in the 1950's.

43Can You Prove it was Murder?2016022120160225 (RU)

Tim McGarry reopens the police files of John Bodkin Adams.

Tim McGarry reopens the police files of John Bodkin Adams, the Northern Irish doctor rumoured to have killed hundreds of his patients in the 1950's.

44An Accident Waiting To Happen2016022820160303 (RU)

John Bennett investigates the story of the 1945 Ballymacarrett railway disaster.

John Bennett investigates the story of the 1945 Ballymacarrett railway disaster and learns how a series of errors and poor decisions led to the worst accident on Ireland’s railways since 1889.

44An Accident Waiting to Happen2016022820160303 (RU)

John Bennett investigates the story of the 1945 Ballymacarrett railway disaster.

John Bennett investigates the story of the 1945 Ballymacarrett railway disaster and learns how a series of errors and poor decisions led to the worst accident on Ireland’s railways since 1889.

45Fifty Tails Of Grey2016030620160310 (RU)

A look at red squirrels and the threat they face from the imported grey squirrel.

John Bennett investigates the story of the 1945 Ballymacarrett railway disaster and learns how a series of errors and poor decisions, dating back many years, led to the worst accident on Ireland's railways since 1889.

45Fifty Tails of Grey2016030620160310 (RU)

John Bennett investigates the story of the 1945 Ballymacarrett railway disaster and learns how a series of errors and poor decisions, dating back many years, led to the worst accident on Ireland's railways since 1889.

A look at red squirrels and the threat they face from the imported grey squirrel.

46Water Of Life2016031320161229 (RU)

This is the story of Irish whiskey. In this programme Lynette Fay goes in search of the history of liquid gold and learns the process of whiskey production at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

This is the story of Irish whiskey. In this programme Lynette Fay goes in search of the history of liquid

gold and learns the process of whiskey production at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

46Water of Life2016031320161229 (RU)
20160317 (RU)

This is the story of Irish whiskey. In this programme Lynette Fay goes in search of the history of liquid

gold and learns the process of whiskey production at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

This is the story of Irish whiskey. In this programme Lynette Fay goes in search of the history of liquid gold and learns the process of whiskey production at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

This is the story of Irish whiskey. In this programme Lynette Fay goes in search of the history of liquid gold and learns the process of whiskey production at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

This is the story of Irish whiskey. In this programme Lynette Fay goes in search of the history of liquid gold and learns the process of whiskey production at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

47Springtown Baby20160320

Marie-louise Muir tells the story of a little boy called Thomas and two women - Hollywood superstar Jane Russell and Hannah McDermott from Derry's Springtown camp - which became an international scandal in the early 1950s, reverberating through the law courts of London and the boulevards of Beverly Hills.

47Springtown Baby20160320

Marie-Louise Muir tells the story of a little boy called Thomas and two women - Hollywood superstar Jane Russell and Hannah McDermott from Derry's Springtown camp - which became an international scandal in the early 1950s, reverberating through the law courts of London and the boulevards of Beverly Hills.

48Invisible Belfast2016040320160407 (RU)

When a visitor to Belfast discovers a mysterious note in a copy of Ciaran Carson's novel The Star Factory, she finds herself on a labyrinthine journey through the city and prose.

A visitor to Belfast discovers a mysterious note.

48Invisible Belfast2016040320160407 (RU)

When a visitor to Belfast discovers a mysterious note in a copy of Ciaran Carson's novel The Star Factory, she finds herself on a labyrinthine journey through the city and prose.

A visitor to Belfast discovers a mysterious note.

49Notes From A Northern Irish Childhood2016041020160414 (RU)
20160707 (RU)

Amidst the violence and bloody conflict of the early 1970s, youth orchestras sprang up across Northern Ireland. Aged seven, Marie-Louise Muir took a bus to orchestra practice every Saturday morning, carrying her cello across a landscape marred by bomb blasts, riots and civil unrest. While the violence raged, she met children from other religious backgrounds for the first time.

She formed friendships and a love of music that would endure long after the sound of gunfire had faded. But life moved on for Marie Louise. Her cello was set aside in her attic where it languished for 25 years. Even her own children have never heard her play. Now Marie-Louise dusts down her cello and allows it to reverberate with memories of a troubled but life-changing period. For Marie-Louise Muir, this is a personal and emotionally charged journey, taking her back to a time when her cello, the orchestra and music provided protection, friendship and hope.

Marie-Louise Muir dusts down her cello and rediscovers how music shaped her life.

49Notes from a Northern Irish Childhood2016041020160414 (RU)
20160707 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir dusts down her cello and rediscovers how music shaped her life.

Amidst the violence and bloody conflict of the early 1970s, youth orchestras sprang up across Northern Ireland. Aged seven, Marie-Louise Muir took a bus to orchestra practice every Saturday morning, carrying her cello across a landscape marred by bomb blasts, riots and civil unrest. While the violence raged, she met children from other religious backgrounds for the first time.

She formed friendships and a love of music that would endure long after the sound of gunfire had faded. But life moved on for Marie Louise. Her cello was set aside in her attic where it languished for 25 years. Even her own children have never heard her play. Now Marie-Louise dusts down her cello and allows it to reverberate with memories of a troubled but life-changing period. For Marie-Louise Muir, this is a personal and emotionally charged journey, taking her back to a time when her cello, the orchestra and music provided protection, friendship and hope.

Amidst the violence and bloody conflict of the early 1970s, youth orchestras sprang up across Northern Ireland. Aged seven, Marie-Louise Muir took a bus to orchestra practice every Saturday morning, carrying her cello across a landscape marred by bomb blasts, riots and civil unrest. While the violence raged, she met children from other religious backgrounds for the first time.

She formed friendships and a love of music that would endure long after the sound of gunfire had faded. But life moved on for Marie Louise. Her cello was set aside in her attic where it languished for 25 years. Even her own children have never heard her play. Now Marie-Louise dusts down her cello and allows it to reverberate with memories of a troubled but life-changing period. For Marie-Louise Muir, this is a personal and emotionally charged journey, taking her back to a time when her cello, the orchestra and music provided protection, friendship and hope.

50We Will Arise And Go Now2016042420160428 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir and three Irish poets visit the Lake Isle of Innisfree, in County Sligo.

Marie-Louise Muir and three Irish poets visit the Lake Isle of Innisfree, in County Sligo, a location made famous by WB Yeats' iconic poem.

50We Will Arise and Go Now2016042420160428 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir and three Irish poets visit the Lake Isle of Innisfree, in County Sligo.

Marie-Louise Muir and three Irish poets visit the Lake Isle of Innisfree, in County Sligo, a location made famous by WB Yeats' iconic poem.

51We Will Arise and Go Now20160501

Marie-Louise Muir and three Irish poets visit the Lake Isle of Innisfree, in County Sligo, a location made famous by WB Yeats' iconic poem.

51We Will Arise And Go Now20160501

Marie-Louise Muir and three Irish poets visit the Lake Isle of Innisfree, in County Sligo, a location made famous by WB Yeats' iconic poem.

52Ireland: Looking Beyond the Border20160509

BBC Ireland Correspondent Chris Page examines the state of play between Irish nationalism and unionism 100 years after the Easter Rising - the key event in Republican history.

53A Poundful of Blues2016082820160901 (RU)

Belfast has changed a lot over recent years. People leave and move on, businesses both create and follow public tastes and fashions and the City evolves as each generation makes its mark. The music scene is no exception. Belfast's Maritime Hotel is, quite rightly, celebrated as the labour ward for Rn'B in the early 1960s and a generation later the Harp Bar became synonymous with Punk. What happened during the years in between?

A Poundful of Blues tells the story of one of the most iconic music clubs in Belfast, The Pound.

The Pound was in Townhall Street just opposite Oxford Street Bus Station and it played host to some of the greatest Rock and Blues musicians that Belfast has ever produced. The Saturday afternoon sessions there in the 1970s have become legendary. Declan Forde, then a student teacher from Omagh, was often in the audience and in the documentary he retraces the path to The Pound and tells it's story through interviews with many of the musicians who played there. With the hindsight of forty years both the presenter and the interviewees reflect on the influence The Pound has had on their lives.

Luckily there are some archive recordings and with these as a soundtrack the glory days of The Pound are brought vividly back to life.

BBC Ireland Correspondent Chris Page examines the state of play between Irish nationalism and unionism 100 years after the Easter Rising - the key event in Republican history.

53A Poundful Of Blues2016082820160901 (RU)

Belfast has changed a lot over recent years. People leave and move on, businesses both create and follow public tastes and fashions and the City evolves as each generation makes its mark. The music scene is no exception. Belfast's Maritime Hotel is, quite rightly, celebrated as the labour ward for Rn'B in the early 1960s and a generation later the Harp Bar became synonymous with Punk. What happened during the years in between?

A Poundful of Blues tells the story of one of the most iconic music clubs in Belfast, The Pound.

The Pound was in Townhall Street just opposite Oxford Street Bus Station and it played host to some of the greatest Rock and Blues musicians that Belfast has ever produced. The Saturday afternoon sessions there in the 1970s have become legendary. Declan Forde, then a student teacher from Omagh, was often in the audience and in the documentary he retraces the path to The Pound and tells it's story through interviews with many of the musicians who played there. With the hindsight of forty years both the presenter and the interviewees reflect on the influence The Pound has had on their lives.

Luckily there are some archive recordings and with these as a soundtrack the glory days of The Pound are brought vividly back to life.

BBC Ireland Correspondent Chris Page examines the state of play between Irish nationalism and unionism 100 years after the Easter Rising - the key event in Republican history.

54The Secret Life Of Spiders2016090420160908 (RU)

Bug mad Paul Moore goes in search of the eight-legged arachnids that scuttle around our homes and weave webs in our gardens at this time of year.

Bug-mad Paul Moore goes in search of the eight-legged arachnids that scuttle around our homes and weave webs in our gardens. Along the way he discovers some rare bog dwellers.

54The Secret Life of Spiders2016090420160908 (RU)

Bug-mad Paul Moore goes in search of the eight-legged arachnids that scuttle around our homes and weave webs in our gardens. Along the way he discovers some rare bog dwellers.

Bug mad Paul Moore goes in search of the eight-legged arachnids that scuttle around our homes and weave webs in our gardens at this time of year.

55My Kingdom For A Horse2016091120160915 (RU)

Every thoroughbred racehorse can trace their pedigree back to just three Arab stallions, with the first stallion, the Byerley Turk, actually surviving war at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

So how from such a relatively small gene pool can you distinguish who is going to make a champion racehorse?

Join Hannah Quinn Mulligan on her quest to find the perfect racehorse, where she'll meet Grand National trainers and risk taking punters, not to mention some very, very expensive racehorses.

Hannah Quinn Mulligan traces the history of racehorses, from the Byerley Turk to the present day, meeting trainers, breeders and punters on a quest to find the perfect racehorse.

55My Kingdom for a Horse2016091120160915 (RU)

Hannah Quinn Mulligan traces the history of racehorses, from the Byerley Turk to the present day, meeting trainers, breeders and punters on a quest to find the perfect racehorse.

Every thoroughbred racehorse can trace their pedigree back to just three Arab stallions, with the first stallion, the Byerley Turk, actually surviving war at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

So how from such a relatively small gene pool can you distinguish who is going to make a champion racehorse?

Join Hannah Quinn Mulligan on her quest to find the perfect racehorse, where she'll meet Grand National trainers and risk taking punters, not to mention some very, very expensive racehorses.

56A Very Noble Breed2016091820160922 (RU)

This is the story of Irish red and white setters.

Irish red and white setters were once on the verge of extinction. We look at one man's role in their survival, and explore the current outcross programme using red setters.

56A Very Noble Breed2016091820160922 (RU)

This is the story of Irish red and white setters.

Irish red and white setters were once on the verge of extinction. We look at one man's role in their survival, and explore the current outcross programme using red setters.

57If Truth Be Told2016092520160929 (RU)

Storytelling has been part of life in Ireland for centuries. Could it also play a part in helping Ireland move away from its troubled past towards a brighter future?

Could storytelling help Ireland move away from its troubled past towards the future?

58Brexit Streets: Belfast2016100220161006 (RU)
20161223 (RU)

Theresa May says 'Brexit means Brexit', but how do people in Belfast now feel about the biggest

decision the UK has made in 40 years? Who better to ask than the people who live and work on the city's streets named after European capitals?

Producer: Johnny Caldwell.

How do people in Belfast now feel about the biggest decision the UK has made in 40 years?

Theresa May says 'Brexit means Brexit', but do how people in Belfast now feel about the biggest decision the UK has made in 40 years?

58Brexit Streets: Belfast2016100220161223 (RU)
20161006 (RU)

Theresa May says 'Brexit means Brexit', but how do people in Belfast now feel about the biggest

decision the UK has made in 40 years? Who better to ask than the people who live and work on the city's streets named after European capitals?

Producer: Johnny Caldwell.

Theresa May says 'Brexit means Brexit', but do how people in Belfast now feel about the biggest decision the UK has made in 40 years?

Theresa May says 'Brexit means Brexit', but do how people in Belfast now feel about the biggest decision the UK has made in 40 years?

How do people in Belfast now feel about the biggest decision the UK has made in 40 years?

59Transgender Teens - Born In The Wrong Body2016100920161013 (RU)
20170309 (RU)

The transgender debate isn't confined to the US, it's coming to classrooms across Northern Ireland. This documentary reveals that in the last two years 134 young people under the age of 18 have sought help for gender identity issues. Robbie Meredith investigates.

In recent years, popular culture and the media has put transgender issues in the spotlight more than ever before. But what is the reality for young people in Northern Ireland facing gender identity dysphoria? With more children, teenagers and their families coming forward to seek help and support, Radio Ulster investigates the difficulties and the positives of transitioning from one gender to another.

59Transgender Teens - Born in the Wrong Body2016100920170309 (RU)
20161013 (RU)

The transgender debate isn't confined to the US, it's coming to classrooms across Northern Ireland. This documentary reveals that in the last two years 134 young people under the age of 18 have sought help for gender identity issues. Robbie Meredith investigates.

In recent years, popular culture and the media has put transgender issues in the spotlight more than ever before. But what is the reality for young people in Northern Ireland facing gender identity dysphoria? With more children, teenagers and their families coming forward to seek help and support, Radio Ulster investigates the difficulties and the positives of transitioning from one gender to another.

In recent years, popular culture and the media has put transgender issues in the spotlight more than ever before. But what is the reality for young people in Northern Ireland facing gender identity dysphoria? With more children, teenagers and their families coming forward to seek help and support, Radio Ulster investigates the difficulties and the positives of transitioning from one gender to another.

60Losing The Battle2016101620161020 (RU)

Kevin Sharkey speaks to military veterans suffering with PTSD after returning from war.

The conflict in Afghanistan against the Taliban was a bloody war. Hundreds of soldiers were killed and thousands injured. Kevin Sharkey discovers that many soldiers have struggled with mental health problems since returning home to Northern Ireland. He speaks to veterans suffering with PTSD and how it has led many to try and take their own lives.

60Losing the Battle2016101620161020 (RU)

The conflict in Afghanistan against the Taliban was a bloody war. Hundreds of soldiers were killed and thousands injured. Kevin Sharkey discovers that many soldiers have struggled with mental health problems since returning home to Northern Ireland. He speaks to veterans suffering with PTSD and how it has led many to try and take their own lives.

Kevin Sharkey speaks to military veterans suffering with PTSD after returning from war.

61Introducing Love Letters From The Front20161023

As the epic Radio Ulster series reaches a close, Maggie Cronin presents another chance to hear in full the compelling true WW1 love story of English soldier Eric Appleby, and his Irish sweetheart Phyllis Kelly.

61Introducing Love Letters from the Front2016102320161027 (RU)

The compelling true love story of English soldier Eric Appleby and his Irish sweetheart.

As the epic Radio Ulster series reaches a close, Maggie Cronin presents another chance to hear in full the compelling true WW1 love story of English soldier Eric Appleby, and his Irish sweetheart Phyllis Kelly.

62The Graveyard Shift2016103020161103 (RU)

Historian Dr David Hume examines the history of grave robbery.

There was a time when the dead in our cemeteries did not rest in peace and the demand for bodies for medical research resulted in grave robbers starting a new grisly industry - the resurrection of the dead.

Historian Dr David Hume investigates this dreadful upsurge in the exhuming of the dead by the ruthless resurrection men. There was robbery, violence and murder on The Graveyard Shift.

62The Graveyard Shift2016103020161103 (RU)

There was a time when the dead in our cemeteries did not rest in peace and the demand for bodies for medical research resulted in grave robbers starting a new grisly industry - the resurrection of the dead.

Historian Dr David Hume investigates this dreadful upsurge in the exhuming of the dead by the ruthless resurrection men. There was robbery, violence and murder on The Graveyard Shift.

Historian Dr David Hume examines the history of grave robbery.

63Ian Sansom And The Little People2017011520170119 (RU)
20180401 (RU)
20180405 (RU)

Leprechauns, sprites, imps and elves - Ian Sansom is searching for the diminutive other.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

63Ian Sansom and the Little People2017011520180405 (RU)

Leprechauns, sprites, imps and elves - Ian Sansom is searching for the diminutive other.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

64Songs For The Dead2017012220170126 (RU)

Marie-Louise Muir unpicks the mystery of keening for the dead in Ireland.

65Exonerated2017012920170202 (RU)

John Toal meets two former death-row inmates at the retreat they have set up in rural Ireland for victims of wrongful conviction.

John Toal meets former death-row inmates Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle at the retreat they have set up in rural Ireland to offer restorative treatment to other victims of wrongful conviction in order to help them back to a normal life.

Peter Pringle was sentenced to be hanged in Ireland in 1980. Sonia 'Sunny' Jacobs was sentenced to the electric chair in the United States in 1976. Sunny was accused of killing two police officers at a highway service area in Florida. Peter was accused of killing two police officers in rural Ireland during a botched bank robbery. Both had their sentences commuted to life and were later exonerated of their crimes. Peter and Sunny spent over 15 years each in prison for crimes they didn't commit.

After their release, life in the outside world was tough. They struggled to re-integrate into society. Practical things like crossing roads, opening doors or even being touched joined a long list of everyday challenges. Neither could escape the feeling that they had re-joined a society that had moved on without them.

In 1998 Peter heard Sunny give a talk about her death-row experience. Traumatised by her story and shocked by how similar their experiences were, Peter offered to drive Sunny to her next speaking engagement and their relationship grew from there.

Now married, Peter and Sunny run the Sunny Centre in rural Connemara, a retreat for people from around the world who have been wrongfully convicted and who are trying to retrace a path back into normal life.

For this programme, John Toal travels to the depths of the Irish countryside to hear Sunny and Peter's story. He hears how a combination of yoga, meditation, healthy food and the freedom to share their experiences with people who have been through similar trauma can assist those exonerated of dreadful crimes on their path back to normality...and whether or not an exoneree can ever truly feel free again.

Producer: Jennifer Goggin.

66To Whom It May Concern2017020520170209 (RU)

Proinsias O'Coinn sets out to untangle the secret history of a vintage army jacket with a mysterious letter in the pocket.

67Split the Sap2017021220170216 (RU)

Marty Cullen has grown up within the Armagh sport of bullets since he could walk. It is a world full of burly men, headstrong champions and unhappy wives. The yarns and tales of this pastime inspires him to pen a song bearing the dirt, grit and spit of a sport that sparks iron and tar.

Bullets is a traditional Irish sport played primarily in the counties Armagh and Cork. The game is formally known as 'road bowls' and involves two competitors hurling a 28-ounce metal cannon ball or 'bullet' down a country road. Whoever crosses the finish line in the least amount of shots wins the match, or 'score' as it's called locally. The Armagh style involves a mighty jump and a swift under arm jerk to propel the bullet forwards. The cork men 'hynch' the bullet, this involves a full rotation of the arm over the head.

Marty comes from a devoted family of bullet throwers, they make up one of the stronghold bullet throwing families in Armagh. He has won one of the highest honours in the game, an All-Ireland title. Now that he has grown and became a vibrant member of the traditional singing scene, Marty wants to write a song for the men he spent his childhood following along the roads.

Producer: Marty Cullen

Final Recording: 'Big Bridie the Bowler'

Vocals: Eileen McKee, Marty Cullen.

Flute: Marty Meehan

Guitar: Paul Meehan.

Marty Cullen has grown up within the Armagh sport of bullets since he could walk. It is a world full of burly men, headstrong champions and unhappy wives. The yarns and tales of this pastime inspires him to pen a song bearing the dirt, grit and spit of a sport that sparks iron and tar.

Bullets is a traditional Irish sport played primarily in the counties Armagh and Cork. The game is formally known as 'road bowls' and involves two competitors hurling a 28-ounce metal cannon ball or 'bullet' down a country road. Whoever crosses the finish line in the least amount of shots wins the match, or 'score' as it's called locally. The Armagh style involves a mighty jump and a swift under arm jerk to propel the bullet forwards. The cork men 'hynch' the bullet, this involves a full rotation of the arm over the head.

Marty comes from a devoted family of bullet throwers, they make up one of the stronghold bullet throwing families in Armagh. He has won one of the highest honours in the game, an All-Ireland title. Now that he has grown and became a vibrant member of the traditional singing scene, Marty wants to write a song for the men he spent his childhood following along the roads.

Producer: Marty Cullen

Final Recording: 'Big Bridie the Bowler'

Vocals: Eileen McKee, Marty Cullen.

Flute: Marty Meehan

Guitar: Paul Meehan.

68A Week in the Life of My Granny2017021920170223 (RU)

At 18 Catherine Quinn, left Ireland and emigrated to London where she married and brought up her family. However, she always had one eye fixed on home, and after nearly three decades working in London she invested in a farm and retired back home to Ireland.

Now 75, she has taken active retirement to a new level, running the 'Tory Hill Herefords' a herd of pedigree cattle by herself and keeping horses, hens and geese. Her grand-daughter Hannah spends one of the most important week's of the year with her, as Catherine prepares for her annual cattle sale and TB herd test.

Producer: Hannah Quinn-Mulligan

A 75 year old woman running her own farm has taken active retirement to a new level.

69Crystal, Clay And Cloth - The Artisans Of East Tyrone2017022620170302 (RU)

In Christmas 2015 Jimmy Devlin was shown a DVD of his uncle hand-making clay pipes and chimneys in 'Kelly's Yard', Coalisland. Unaware of what this job as a labourer entailed, it sparked a journey to find out more about his work and the craft and skills of others employed in the industries of crystal, clay and cloth in late 20th-century east Tyrone. With expertise honed over decades, the artistry was evident in produce shipped all over the world.

69Crystal, Clay and Cloth - The Artisans of East Tyrone2017022620170302 (RU)

In Christmas 2015 Jimmy Devlin was shown a DVD of his uncle hand-making clay pipes and chimneys in 'Kelly's Yard', Coalisland. Unaware of what this job as a labourer entailed, it sparked a journey to find out more about his work and the craft and skills of others employed in the industries of crystal, clay and cloth in late 20th-century east Tyrone. With expertise honed over decades, the artistry was evident in produce shipped all over the world.

In Christmas 2015 Jimmy Devlin was shown a DVD of his uncle hand-making clay pipes and chimneys in 'Kelly's Yard', Coalisland. Unaware of what this job as a labourer entailed, it sparked a journey to find out more about his work and the craft and skills of others employed in the industries of crystal, clay and cloth in late 20th-century east Tyrone. With expertise honed over decades, the artistry was evident in produce shipped all over the world.

70All Children Together: The Story Of Lagan College2017031220180330 (RU)

A look back at the hard-fought campaign to establish NI's first integrated school.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

1981 was the year of the hunger strikes, widespread rioting and tense Anglo-Irish relations. Yet against this backdrop of deep division, 28 Catholic and Protestant students walked through the doors of Northern Ireland's first integrated school.

'All Children Together: The Story of Lagan College' reunites past pupils, parents and teachers to talk about the early days of an education experiment many expected to fail. Reporter Karen Atkinson looks back at the hard-fought campaign to establish the school, the opposition it faced and how Lagan College sowed the seeds for the growth of integrated education in Northern Ireland.

70All Children Together: The Story of Lagan College2017031220170316 (RU)

A look back at the hard-fought campaign to establish NI's first integrated school.

1981 was the year of the hunger strikes, widespread rioting and tense Anglo-Irish relations. Yet against this backdrop of deep division, 28 Catholic and Protestant students walked through the doors of Northern Ireland's first integrated school.

'All Children Together: The Story of Lagan College' reunites past pupils, parents and teachers to talk about the early days of an education experiment many expected to fail. Reporter Karen Atkinson looks back at the hard-fought campaign to establish the school, the opposition it faced and how Lagan College sowed the seeds for the growth of integrated education in Northern Ireland.

71The Icemen Cometh2017031920170323 (RU)

When President Bill Clinton namechecked the Belfast Giants during a speech at the Odyssey Arena

in December 2000, it gave Northern Ireland's newest sport the kind of publicity other teams could only dream of. In a city still divided by politics and religion, the Giants sought to redefine the parameters of sport with their 'no anthem, no emblems' policy and promoting tolerance and unity amongst its fan base. In The Icemen Cometh, reporter Nigel Ringland looks back at the team's highs and lows over the last 17 years and its transition from sporting novelty to sporting giant.

Reporter Nigel Ringland looks back at the highs and lows of the Belfast Giants.

72The Unforgettable Gig: When U2 Rocked The Kings Hall2017032620170330 (RU)

The story of U2's 1987 concert in Belfast to promote the release of The Joshua Tree.

June 24th 1987 was no ordinary day. Not if you were one of the thousands of U2 fans that streamed into Belfast's Kings Hall clutching tickets for a concert billed as one of the biggest and best the city would ever see. The release of the band's iconic album, The Joshua Tree, set Bono, Larry, Adam and the Edge on the path to super-stardom and, for one night, they brought their brand of rock n' roll soul to Northern Ireland. Thirty years on, Stories in Sound takes fans back to the Kings Hall to relive the songs, the spectacle of a leather waistcoat-wearing Bono on stage and asks why U2's commentary on the political situation here has endured for decades.

73Keep On Running20170429

Writer and runner Freya McClements investigates why she and thousands of other people in Northern Ireland love to run. From the older runner winning Irish titles well into his 70s to the self-confessed running fanatic whose sport has taken him to the tops of mountains, and the newcomers pulling on their running shoes for the first time. She investigates why so many of us have taken up running, and how it has transformed our lives.

73Keep On Running20170429

Writer and runner Freya McClements investigates why she and thousands of other people in Northern Ireland love to run. From the older runner winning Irish titles well into his 70s to the self-confessed running fanatic whose sport has taken him to the tops of mountains, and the newcomers pulling on their running shoes for the first time. She investigates why so many of us have taken up running, and how it has transformed our lives.

77Thalidomide: The Mother of All Battles2017100820180403 (RU)

The campaign to bring the German government to account for the thalidomide scandal.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Like thousands of unsuspecting women, Agnes Lattimer was prescribed thalidomide for severe morning sickness. The drug caused her daughter Kim to be born without legs, and with stunted arms and deformed hands and feet. Their first battle was to get Kim a mainstream education, their next was for compensation. Now Kim is 55 and Agnes is 82, but they haven't given up their campaign to bring the German government to account for the pill scandal that damaged a generation.

Karen Atkinson reports.

77Thalidomide: The Mother Of All Battles2017100820180403 (RU)

The campaign to bring the German government to account for the thalidomide scandal.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Like thousands of unsuspecting women, Agnes Lattimer was prescribed thalidomide for severe morning sickness. The drug caused her daughter Kim to be born without legs, and with stunted arms and deformed hands and feet. Their first battle was to get Kim a mainstream education, their next was for compensation. Now Kim is 55 and Agnes is 82, but they haven't given up their campaign to bring the German government to account for the pill scandal that damaged a generation.

Karen Atkinson reports.

85Ship, Wreck and Ruin20180304

Rick Faragher reports on the shipwrecks that may be at rest in the coastal waters of NI.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

85Ship, Wreck and Ruin2018030420180308 (RU)

Rick Faragher reports on the shipwrecks that may be at rest in the coastal waters of NI.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

86Broke City20180311

Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad?

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

86Broke City2018031120180315 (RU)

Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad?

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Londonderry is consistently at the bottom of the table on measurements like unemployment, incomes and investment. Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad? Is it the long legacy of partition and political discrimination? Or has there been failure of leadership in the city? What can be done to reverse the years of economic decline? And could Brexit provide a catalyst for radical new thinking? BBC News NI's business editor, John Campbell, investigates.

Reporter: John Campbell
Producer: Anna Quigley.

86Broke City20180311

Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad?

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Londonderry is consistently at the bottom of the table on measurements like unemployment, incomes and investment. Why has the economic performance of Northern Ireland's second city been so bad? Is it the long legacy of partition and political discrimination? Or has there been failure of leadership in the city? What can be done to reverse the years of economic decline? And could Brexit provide a catalyst for radical new thinking? BBC News NI's business editor, John Campbell, investigates.

Reporter: John Campbell
Producer: Anna Quigley.

86Picture Perfect Life20180318

Laura Trueman reports on the real impact of living with 24/7 social media.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

A constant stream of flattering pictures, videos of nights out, and location check-ins - all posted to more than a thousand Facebook friends, likes on Instagram and scores of Snapchat followers. But behind a popular and happy digital profile, many young people are living a lie, camouflaging loneliness, despair and anxiety. Laura Trueman reports on the real impact of living with 24/7 social media.

Producer: Mary Kelly.

86Picture Perfect Life20180318

Laura Trueman reports on the real impact of living with 24/7 social media.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Many young people are living a lie on social media ; They’re posting flattering pictures, videos of nights out and location check ins - all in a bid to win approval from friends on facebook, Instagram and snapchat. But what is the impact of camouflaging reality behind this façade? Laura Trueman reports on the downside of living 24/7 online.

Producer: Mary Kelly.

86Picture Perfect Life2018031820180322 (RU)

Laura Trueman reports on the real impact of living with 24/7 social media.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Many young people are living a lie on social media ; They’re posting flattering pictures, videos of nights out and location check ins - all in a bid to win approval from friends on facebook, Instagram and snapchat. But what is the impact of camouflaging reality behind this façade? Laura Trueman reports on the downside of living 24/7 online.

Producer: Mary Kelly.

88Being Ellen20180408

The story of Ellen Murray, a leading light in Northern Ireland's transgender community.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

89Notes From The Camino20180402

Gerry Kelly travels along the Camino de Santiago to explore why so many make the journey.

Radio Ulster brings together radio documentaries from UK and Irish broadcasters

Gerry Kelly journeys along the final 100km of the Camino de Santiago. From its ancient connections to Dublin, to its popular starting point in Sarria, Spain, Gerry explores why so many people are drawn to walking the famous pilgrim network to the shrine of St James and beyond, to 'the end of the earth.'.