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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.

Speculating the Emerald Isle20130315

Ulster's Forgotten Darling20120827

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?

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 Isle20130315

03Ulster's Forgotten Darling20120827

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 Bang20120607

05Father of the Big Bang20120607

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

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

08Retreat from the Sea20141026

08Retreat from the Sea20141026

10Dinner at Annaghmakerrig2014060920141113 (RU)

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

10Dinner at Annaghmakerrig2014060920141109 (RU)

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 Revisited2014081720141120 (RU)

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

11Piers the Plowman Revisited2014081720141116 (RU)

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.

13Don't Go Far20141130

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

13Don't Go Far20141130

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

14Lisdoonvarna: Ireland's Love Capital20120610

14Lisdoonvarna: Ireland's Love Capital20120610

15Nowhere to Go20140216

17Katikati - The Ulster Colony Down Under20140209

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.

20Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard20150301

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

Chris Capper tells the story of the Ulster Home Guard.

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

Chris Capper tells the story of the Ulster Home Guard.

20Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard20150301

20Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard20150301

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 Guard20150301

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

26A Diamond in the Rough20150412

26A Diamond in the Rough2015041220151230 (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 Rough2015041220151230 (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.

27Churchill's Grave20150419

28Saved20150426

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.

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.

29War Beneath The Waves20150503

30My Tall Ship Adventure20150830

31Derry Taxi Tales20150906

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.

33Beyond a Reasonable Doubt20150927

33Beyond a Reasonable Doubt20150927

33Beyond a Reasonable Doubt20150927

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 Doubt20150927

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 Country20150920

33Wild in the Country20150920

33Wild in the Country2015092020150924 (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 Country2015092020150924 (RU)

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

45Fifty Tails of Grey20160306

45Fifty Tails of Grey20160306

45Fifty Tails of Grey20160306

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 Grey20160306

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.

46Water of Life20160313

46Water of Life20160313

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.

48Invisible Belfast20160403

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.

48Invisible Belfast2016040320160407 (RU)

A visitor to Belfast discovers a mysterious note.

48Invisible Belfast20160403

50We Will Arise and Go Now2016042420160428 (RU)

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

50We Will Arise and Go Now20160424

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 Now20160424