Irish Culture takes centre stage

Cillian Murphy

This St. Patrick’s Day, we take a moment to acknowledge that Irish culture takes centre stage in multiple creative genres. Whether it’s Cillian Murphy’s Best Actor win for OPPENHEIMER at the Oscars, Paul Mescal’s upcoming career-changing role in GLADIATOR, Paul Lynch’s Booker Prize winning novel PROPHET SONG or Belfast band Kneecap, who recently premiered their first movie at the Sundance Film Festival – Ireland’s reputation as a storytelling powerhouse is without doubt.

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NTA 2023 Honours List

Northern Ireland

A number of big names in the Northern Irish film and TV industry have been recognised for this year’s National Television Awards. The NTAs are the most prominent ceremony for the industry in which the results are voted on by the general public, and are often branded as ‘television’s biggest night of the year’. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by presenter Joel Dommett and will take place at the O2 in London on Tuesday, September 5 2023.

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The Troubles

ONCE UPON A TIME IN NORTHERN IRELAND is a new five-part documentary about the Troubles that combines personal accounts with archive footage to tell the stories of people and communities dealing with violence and conflict on a daily basis. Series director James Bluemel said his experience directing the Bafta and Emmy award-winning ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRAQ inspired him to take on the task of telling the story of a conflict closer to home. Now streaming on BBC iPlayer.

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DALGLIESH returns Apr 27


The second series of detective drama DALGLIESH, filmed in Northern Ireland, is set to appear on our screens later this month. The show, based on P.D. James Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries tales, is set in mid-1970’s England and follows Inspector Adam Dalgliesh, a detective and widower, as he strives to solve unusual murders. Season 2 returns to Channel 5 for a second series on April 27 at 9pm.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves

Filmed largely in Northern Ireland, the new Hollywood sci-fi movie showcases the destination’s superstar attractions. Blessed with enchanting forests and dramatic coastlines, Northern Ireland has provided a backdrop for countless glossy films and fantasy TV shows. The latest big-screen epic to make the most of the superb scenery is DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: HONOUR AMONG THIEVES, now in UK cinemas. Based on the cult role-playing game, first launched in 1974, it’s an action-packed story of a quest to retrieve a lost relic, encountering a host of terrifying creatures along the way.

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As we approach the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement, you’ll find little on television that says as much about a changing Northern Ireland as BLUE LIGHTS. A new drama written by two local lads, ex-journalists Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn, this BBC One show focuses on a trio of new recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the peace-era force that in 2001 succeeded the militarized Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). BLUE LIGHTS is now available on BBC One via the link below.

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N.I-based horror for Halloween

Looking for home-grown horror for Halloween? Both grassroots and international talent are finally embracing the rich opportunities afforded by making films in Northern Ireland. Such films may not be to everybody’s taste, but if you can bear to watch from behind your cushion, be sure to check out these tales of terror right on your Northern Irish doorstep.

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N.I TV show locations revealed

There are many TV series set or filmed here in Northern Ireland. From DERRY GIRLS, LINE OF DUTY, BLOODLANDS and more, you will definitely have seen a few. You’ll often recognise where a few scenes have been set when watching, and wondered about others. Here are some filming locations of the most popular TV series filmed in NI.

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