Imagining Ulster: Episode 1

Imagining Ulster: Episode 1

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Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, Houses of Parliament, The Clandeboye Estate, The Somme, Ulster Hall





59min 36sec







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William Crawley explores some of the social, cultural and political influences that have shaped aspects of identity in Northern Ireland. He looks at how Ulster has been a meeting place between different traditions and the impact of its close connections with Scotland. He is the navigator on this epic 400 year journey to understand the complexities of the past and how they might help us to think differently about the present. He is joined by a cast of historians, writers and commentators - all of them with something important to say about the people and events that have made this place we call home. Episode one takes William from Scotland to the Somme. Moving from the 17th century into the 19th he looks at the emergence of a distinctive Ulster identity. Against a backdrop of conflict and political uncertainty, he charts how the story of the 36th Ulster division's sacrifice becomes an integral part of Northern Ireland's own foundation story.


Presenter - William Crawley

Archive - British Pathe, AP/British Library of Ireland, Linen Hall Library

Thanks to - Stephen Douds, Rev Robert Tosh, John Killen, Mark Thompson, Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society, Rachel Phelan, William Blair, National Museums NI, The Royal Irish Academy, The Duty Keeper of Records, PRONI, The Somme Association

Executive Producer for BBC NI - Deirdre Devlin

Executive Producers for Below the Radar - Michael Fanning/Trevor Birney

Director - Brendan Byrne

Series Producer - Fiona Keane



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