TV and Radio
Consult the Expert when it Comes to Programme Making
With an intimate knowledge of Northern Ireland, and in particular the life and work of Seamus Heaney, the area around South Derry and the Sperrin Mountains, Fergal Kearney, our company director, has been a regular contributor to television, radio and print journalism over many years. Here is a summary of his TV and Radio work in recent years.
Recent Broadcast Work
BBC Radio 4
Fergal worked with the production team on the scheduling and talent support in this broadcast as well as appearing on the programme. Recording of the broadcast took place at The Poetry House event on 28th August 2016 in and around Bellaghy and County Derry. This edition focused on Seamus Heaney’s links with the area and how the countryside and people of his native Bellaghy influenced his lifelong work. Producer Helen Lennard. Listen Here.
BBC Radio 4
Complete logistical and talent support to the production team for their programme marking 50 years since Seamus Heaney published his first collection, Death of a Naturalist. Featuring interviews from Heaney’s childhood home of Bellaghy, and archive recordings of the poet reading his work. Poems include Digging, Mid Term Break and Blackberry Picking. Producer Sally Heaven.
BBC One Northern Ireland
This series exploring life in, on and around three of Northern Ireland’s major rivers included the River Bann. I worked with the production team and director/presenter Darryl Grimason on the programme, featuring the Eel Fishery at Toome, the Lough Neagh Weir and the poetry of Seamus Heaney’s ‘Lough Neagh Sequence’. The programme was first broadcast in October 2014 and repeated in June 2015 and January 2016. Producer John Deering.
BBC 2 Northern Ireland
Full logistical and talent support for BBC2 NI Irish Language Magazine, I Lár an Aonaigh in August 2016. The programme visited some of the places in the area that were important to Seamus Heaney in his life and works and interviewed local gaelic speakers who knew the poet. Yet to be broadcast. Producer Mairéad Ní Thréinir
Other BBC Northern Ireland Broadcasts
Fergal’s relationship with BBC Northern Ireland goes back to the early 1990s when he contributed regularly to radio features on the various events and festivals which he organised in and around Magherafelt. These were all live studio broadcasts which included the shows ‘Frankly Anne Marie’ (BBC Radio Foyle), ‘Arts Extra’ and ‘Your Place and Mine’.
He was also a guest reader of Seamus Heaney poetry on BBC Radio Ulster’s Honorarium for the poet on the occasion of his 70th Birthday in 2009.
He has also had guest spots on Q Radio Network on the The Poetry House event which he organises each August
Work with Fergal
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