Super 8 Stories: The Kernaghan Family Christmas





1960s, 1970s


21 December 2003 (first transmission)


03min 17sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Bill Kernaghan, Doubleband Films

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Bill Kernaghan and his son, Mike, share their memories of Chistmas during the 1970s with scenes of children playing in the snow and waking up to open their presents. This clip appeared in Series 1, Programme 4 of Super 8 Stories.


Bill Kernaghan was working in sales management in the 1960s when he bought a Konica Standard 8mm camera to record the birth of his first child when living in Otley in England. Bill was a member of the Mercury Movies camera club in Esholt, Yorkshire before taking up residency in Northern Ireland and is still very much involved in his hobby, having kept up with modern video technology as a member of the North Down Movie Makers. Bill has digital transfers of his 8mm films and still occasionally watches them “when prompted by the grandchildren”. Bill’s feelings towards his recorded memories can be summed up by “nostalgic pleasure and the sense of achievement in producing something worth watching with the occasional recording of history, albeit unwittingly!”

Shot List

Kids playing outside in the snow. Kids waking up on Christmas morning and emptying stockings. Opening presents in the living room. Children playing in the snow again.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - Sion Kerr, Gregg Bailey; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Graphic - Alan Perry; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Johnathan Fetherstone; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editors - Greg Darby, Henry Wood; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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