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Assume Nothing Podcast

English, Old Time Radio, 1 season, 110 episodes, 1 day, 12 hours, 53 minutes
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Events previously accepted as factual, are re-interrogated. The teams assume nothing as they dig out old records and create fresh leads to find out what really happened.
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Episode 1: A History of Control

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.
3/16/202423 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 3: Living with Control

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.
3/16/202424 minutes, 42 seconds
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Episode 7: Planning.

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.
3/16/202424 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 2: Lovebombing

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe.
3/16/202422 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 6: A Change in Thinking

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.
3/16/202417 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 4: Trigger

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.
3/16/202424 minutes
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Episode 8: Homicide

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.Presenter Amybeth McNulty Producer Sarah McGlinchey Executive Editor Andy Martin A BBC NI production
3/16/202422 minutes, 36 seconds
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Episode 5: Escalation

Presented by actor Amybeth McNulty (Anne with an E, Stranger Things) this eight-part series investigates why women continue to be murdered and what could be done to prevent it. Professor Jane Monckton Smith guides us through the ‘homicide timeline’; the pattern of behaviour she has identified in domestic homicides that, if spotted early enough, could help vulnerable and at-risk women keep themselves safe. From the multi award-winning team behind Assume Nothing: Rape Trial, the series examines eight real-life cases of murder, and asks whether recognising a pattern of behaviour could save lives.
3/16/202422 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 4: To Catch a Ghost

A dramatized memoir of a Special Branch Officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The award-winning drama returns for a new series. Starring Jonathan Harden. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 4: To Catch a Ghost When a source provides intelligence about a mysterious new explosives expert, James is soon under pressure from London to find him fast. Meanwhile, another informer finds himself in grave danger when he is detailed to deliver a bomb and James decides on an unconventional plan – however, things go badly wrong. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer - Michael Patrick Charlie - Desmond Eastwood Sean - Patrick Fitzsymons Garda SB - Faolan Morgan A BBC Northern Ireland Production
11/25/202329 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 3: A Game of Risk

A dramatised memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The award-winning drama returns for a new series. Starring Jonathan Harden. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 3: A Game of Risk When a wounded man is brought into police custody, James sees a chance to gain a new source – but first he must take his life in his hands to win the man’s trust. Meanwhile, another source overhears plans for an imminent attack on the army – and a clandestine meeting between James and Garda Special Branch could have deadly consequences Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Vincent – Caolan Byrne Paul – Paul Mallon Garda Special Branch / Patrick - Faolan Morgan A BBC Northern Ireland Production
11/25/202328 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 2: Of Bombs & Bank Robberies

A dramatized memoir of a Special Branch Officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The award-winning drama returns for a new series. Starring Jonathan Harden. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 2: Of Bombs & Bank Robberies A source finds himself under intense scrutiny when he is detailed to collect a package from a ship docked at Drogheda harbour. Another informer tips James off about a plan to detonate a large car bomb in Newry, but soon finds himself involved in a bank robbery that goes badly wrong. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Martin / Paul - Desmond Eastwood Frank - Patrick Fitzsymons Larry - Paul Mallon Piet / Deccy John D Ruddy Davy / Johnny Marty Maguire A BBC Northern Ireland Production
11/25/202325 minutes
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Episode 1: Leaks and Lies

A dramatized memoir of a Special Branch Officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. The award-winning drama returns for a new series. Starring Jonathan Harden. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 1: Leaks and Lies A tip-off from a source leads to the seizure of two bombs, but a leak to a newspaper soon puts his life in danger. As James battles internal politics within Special Branch, a new line of intelligence gathering provides an opportunity to trick a suspect into crossing the border. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Charlie – Desmond Eastwood Lester – Faolan Morgan MI5 officer / Assistant Chief Constable – Patrick Fitzsymons Jimmy / Army Technical Officer – John D Ruddy Roberta / Mrs Mullan / – Maggie Cronin. A BBC Northern Ireland Production
11/25/202330 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 8 – The Final Dig

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. Brian and the team return to the site one last time as the digger hones in on a narrow patch of land. They are joined by a local man who remembers the old house well, can he pinpoint the precise location of the hearthstone, where the murderer claims he buried Thomas’ body? Brian also begins to piece together all the historical evidence he has uncovered to build a final picture of what might have happened on the night of the murder. Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Thomas Johnston – John D Ruddy Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202320 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 7 – Sins of the Father

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. While awaiting a decision from the forensic experts on whether to continue the dig, Brian discovers the murderer’s father, known as Big Samuel, had a violent past – linked to an ongoing feud about land and tenants’ rights. Meanwhile, Kirsten makes a startling discovery about the murderer’s final resting place Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202315 minutes, 12 seconds
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Episode 6 – What Lies Beneath

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. Having found an old floor that appears burnt and sounds hollow when tapped, the team watch on anxiously as the digger rolls into place and prepares to break through. Meanwhile Brian examines an old newspaper notice apparently written by the murderer. It appears some farm land he is renting is up for sale. In the newspaper notice, he warns any potential buyers that they must lease it to him or he will take action. Was the murderous quarrel with his victim about land? Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Thomas Johnston – John D Ruddy Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202313 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 5 – The Dig

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. Brian and his team of experts decide to bring a digger on site, but there is still confusion about where the ‘Big house’ actually stood. However, as they dig deeper they uncover something strange. During a visit to the Seminary where the alleged murderer and victim went to argicultural college together, Brian finds himself wondering about their relationship and the secret ‘matter relating to ourselves two’ that the murderer wrote about in his confession. Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Thomas Johnston – John D Ruddy Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202313 minutes, 40 seconds
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Episode 4 – The Search

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. The specialist team clear the site of undergrowth and beginning scanning with radar to try and find any evidence below ground – but the ground itself proves problematic. Meanwhile Brian meets the landowner’s sister who has found old family records that shed light on the life of the alleged killer – and Brian tries to work out how fake letters were sent from America to the family of the victim after his death. Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Thomas Johnston – John D Ruddy Mrs Johnston - Maggie Cronin Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202315 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 3 – I Killed Him There

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. Before making a decision on whether to ask the farmer for permission to dig, Brian tries to find out more about the family who lived in the house at the time of the murder and re-examines the contents of the confession letter for any further clues. He also seeks expert advice from a renowned geologist who has been involved in a number of searches for historical remains – described as the ‘Indiana Jones’ of his profession. Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Thomas Johnston – John D Ruddy Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202312 minutes, 1 second
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Episode 2: The House

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. Using a map drawn from memory, Brian and his mum set out to find the house she visited as a child – known as Drumkeen big house. But first they need to ask a local farmer for permission to search his land. Meanwhile, Brian uncovers stories of brutal acts of violence in the years following the famine when Ireland was described as ‘one of the most dangerous places on earth’ - and he begins to imagine what might happened on the night of the alleged murder. Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan John Trussan – John D Ruddy Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202315 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 1: The Letter

Brian Kernohan decides to find out if a letter, held by his family for generations, really does reveal the location of a murder victim’s remains in rural Ireland. “I Robert James Crawford do avow that Thomas Johnson was slain by me in a fair fight” So begins a mysterious murder confession, apparently written in 1860 – just after the worst years of the Irish Famine. The writer claims to have murdered his friend during a quarrel and then buried the body under the hearthstone of his father’s kitchen in Drumkeen, County Monaghan – but is the confession real? “He drew his knife and I drew mine he would have fled but I followed him into the hall and killed him there” As Brian sets out to try and find the alleged burial site he also digs through the history books to find out more about the murderer and his victim – and he finds his imagination drifting. Who were these men and what could have happened to lead to such a brutal murder? Cast: Robert James Crawford – Faolan Morgan Thomas Johnston – John D Ruddy Written and presented by Brian Kernohan Produced by Brian Kernohan and Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/7/202313 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode Two - Can't Beat A Confession

Shortly after the murder, police arrest multiple suspects who worked in the hotel. A confession is made in the presence of law enforcement and a lawyer, but events soon lead the investigation into turmoil. Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202314 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode Seven - Guardians Of The Law

The jury return and the verdict is in - but the outcome shocks the courtroom. Unnerving questions are asked about the very core of the legal process. Did certain tactics by legal teams negatively impact the outcome of the trial? Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202316 minutes, 6 seconds
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Episode Four - Tales Of Torture

The investigation is rocked by a claim that could alter the entire outcome of the case. ‘They tortured me, they beat me, they held my head under water.’ Exactly what happened behind closed doors when suspects were being questioned? Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202317 minutes, 20 seconds
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Episode Six - Asking The Accused

Over a year since Michaela’s murder, the trial finally begins and the family travel back to the island. In dramatic fashion, a key member of the legal team exits the case never to return. Allison and Darragh finally track down one the accused. Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202326 minutes, 29 seconds
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Episode Eight - Suicide

Someone at the heart of the case is found dead and future prosecutions are called into doubt. A new name takes centre stage. Who had access to the master keycards and what was their role in Michaela’s death? There are serious claims of attempted bribery. Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production If you are suffering distress or despair, details of help and support are available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/actionline/
4/29/202314 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode Three - A Botched Investigation

Serious allegations of failures within the investigation are made and the police come under intense scrutiny. Did the officers looking into Michaela’s murder miss vital evidence and let an apparent confession derail them from looking for other suspects? Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202312 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode Five - Schwarzenegger QC

Does the headline grabbing barrister labelled ‘flamboyant’ by some of the press really live up to his reputation? We delve into the story of Ravi Rutnah and his influence on one of the biggest trials in Mauritian legal history. Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202314 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode One - Paradise

Days after their dream wedding, John and Michaela McAreavey arrive on the beautiful island of Mauritius, unaware of the horror that awaits them. As John sits by the poolside waiting for Michaela to return, he begins to realise something is wrong. Investigative journalists Darragh MacIntyre and Allison Morris travel to the island to explore the case. Presented by Allison Morris & Darragh MacIntyre Produced by Vinny Hurrell & Raphaelle O'Loan Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
4/29/202312 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 4: Tragedy

In the summer of 1969, weeks before the Troubles would ignite, children playing in the rubble of a demolition site struck gold! While searching for treasure hundreds, maybe thousands of gold sovereigns, hidden and forgotten years before, tumbled to the ground from a chimney stack. More than 50 years later, author Glenn Patterson visits the Lower Shankill Road to find out who the coins belonged to. Why were they hidden? And where are they now? Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Sound by Bill Maul Producer Sarah McGlinchey Executive Editor Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production for Radio 4
4/1/202313 minutes, 37 seconds
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Episode 3: Whose Gold?

In the summer of 1969, weeks before the Troubles would ignite, children playing in the rubble of a demolition site struck gold! While searching for treasure hundreds, maybe thousands of gold sovereigns, hidden and forgotten years before, tumbled to the ground from a chimney stack. More than 50 years later, author Glenn Patterson visits the Lower Shankill Road to find out who the coins belonged to. Why were they hidden? And where are they now? Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Sound by Bill Maul Producer Sarah McGlinchey Executive Editor Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production for Radio 4
4/1/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 2: The Rush

In the summer of 1969, weeks before the Troubles would ignite, children playing in the rubble of a demolition site struck gold! While searching for treasure hundreds, maybe thousands of gold sovereigns, hidden and forgotten years before, tumbled to the ground from a chimney stack. More than 50 years later, author Glenn Patterson visits the Lower Shankill Road to find out who the coins belonged to. Why were they hidden? And where are they now? Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Sound by Bill Maul Producer Sarah McGlinchey Executive Editor Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production for Radio 4
4/1/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 1: The Find

In the summer of 1969, weeks before the Troubles would ignite, children playing in the rubble of a demolition site struck gold! While searching for treasure hundreds, maybe thousands of gold sovereigns, hidden and forgotten years before, tumbled to the ground from a chimney stack. More than 50 years later, author Glenn Patterson visits the Lower Shankill Road to find out who the coins belonged to. Why were they hidden? And where are they now? Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Sound by Bill Maul Producer Sarah McGlinchey Executive Editor Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production for Radio 4
4/1/202313 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 5: (Long, long) After the Gold Rush

In the summer of 1969, weeks before the Troubles would ignite, children playing in the rubble of a demolition site struck gold! While searching for treasure hundreds, maybe thousands of gold sovereigns, hidden and forgotten years before, tumbled to the ground from a chimney stack. More than 50 years later, author Glenn Patterson visits the Lower Shankill Road to find out who the coins belonged to. Why were they hidden? And where are they now? Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Sound by Bill Maul Producer Sarah McGlinchey Executive Editor Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production for Radio 4
4/1/202313 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 5: Suspect in the house?

Questions are raised about the circumstances surrounding how some potential witnesses were interviewed. Who else was present and why? A family friend brings a shocking claim, and we hear from former solicitor Ernie Waterworth. The investigation takes sharp change in direction. Produced and presented by Vinny Hurrell. Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
1/7/202315 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 4: A Murder Investigation

At Ryan’s funeral it is announced the police have opened a murder investigation into his death. The PSNI share information on some key aspects of the case – but will the police change their tactics? We discover the driver of the train has an unsettling flashback that has a bearing on the case. Produced and presented by Vinny Hurrell. Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
1/7/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 6: End of the Line?

A new twist brings a devastating blow for Ryan Quinn’s family. Was someone burning clothes on the street late at night? We hear of the ongoing impact of Ryan’s death on his family and friends, and we travel to Portrush to the scene of his death where we make a surprise discovery. Where is the investigation now? Produced and presented by Vinny Hurrell. Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
1/7/202327 minutes, 23 seconds
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Episode 1: The Train

Heavy winds and rain batter the seaside town of Portrush in January 2009. A fourteen-year-old boy’s night out has gone badly wrong. He lies on the railway tracks in front of an oncoming train. Less than two miles away, his father becomes aware his son is in danger and starts running to the tracks on the other side of town. It soon becomes clear, what happened that night and afterwards – is not as it first appears. Produced and presented by Vinny Hurrell. Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
1/7/202321 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 3: Attacked?

We know how Ryan died and that he allegedly ran from a nearby bar and got trapped on the tracks. But why? Serious allegations emerge about what happened before Ryan found himself in the path of an oncoming train. What will a witness from inside the bar reveal? And after a year of communication, will the PSNI finally agree to speak? Produced and presented by Vinny Hurrell. Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
1/7/202317 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 2: The Call

We retrace Ryan Quinn’s movements that day. Exactly where had he been and what brought him to the tracks? A breath-taking phone call strikes fear into the heart of a concerned father. Produced and presented by Vinny Hurrell. Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
1/7/202319 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 1: The Silver Sisterhood

Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems. The mistresses and ‘girls’ appear to believe that they live not only in a different century, but in an entirely different world. They are The Silver Sisterhood, a deeply religious group of women who worship a feminine God. They wear Victorian clothing, reject modernity and live by candlelight – but mysteriously they also begin to release a series of strange computer games apparently based on their unique school and unusual beliefs. Their strange way of life soon gives rise to rumour and speculation, but is any of it true - or is their alternative lifestyle simply fuelling suspicion? Who are these women, what are they doing in Burtonport - and what is really going behind the doors of St Brides? Produced and presented by Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/22/202217 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 3: A Flash in the Dark

Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems. Conor travels to Burtonport to find out what locals remember about the Silver Sisterhood. He hears strange tales of women running through the street at midnight wearing clogs, reports of a ‘padded room’ - and the retired postmaster recalls a dispute involving another group who lived in the house before the Silver Sisterhood arrived - a cult known as ‘The Screamers’. A local woman reveals why she had a unique reason to visit the house, an experience she has never forgotten – and Conor decides to make contact with the enigmatic former headmistress of St Brides, but she is known for being elusive. Will she respond? Produced and presented by Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/22/202219 minutes, 47 seconds
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Episode 5: The Maid

Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems. The headmistress discusses the philosophy behind the Silver Sisterhood’s computer games and explores their complicated relationship with physical discipline – which they feel was misunderstood by the outside world. A young student finds a strange book in her local bookshop and decides to visit the Silver Sisters in Donegal. Produced and presented by Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/22/202222 minutes, 56 seconds
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Episode 4: The Headmistress

Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems. Patrick in Burtonport recalls visiting the house to photograph images of the Silver Sisterhood’s new computer game, The Secret of St Brides - but he is surprised by what he finds inside. Conor finally makes contact with the mysterious headmistress of St Brides School and she agrees to talk about her time in Burtonport – what can she reveal about the Silver Sisters time in the house? Produced and presented by Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/22/202220 minutes, 43 seconds
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Episode 2: The Flickering Candle

Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems. A BBC crew attends the opening ceremony for the school, hosted by an enigmatic headmistress who appears to change her name regularly – but what is the real purpose of St Brides? A newspaper journalist visits the house and recalls a strange evening full of unexpected surprises, what can she reveal? Meanwhile, Conor tracks down a former resident of the house who helps him piece together more parts of puzzle – but is she prepared to tell her own story? Produced and presented by Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/22/202216 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 6: The Maze

Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems. As the maid starts her new life at Brides, she finds the work physically demanding but spiritually rewarding. However, when a much-loved house keeper leaves the community, the maid soon becomes unhappy and decides to leave – but events take a dark turn. After a court case and a dispute over ownership of the house, the Silver Sisterhood leave Burtonport – where do they go, and what happens to the mysterious headmistress? Produced and presented by Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
10/22/202223 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 6: The Final Throw

Laura McDaid is trying to fulfil a last request to her friend, Irish journalist Martin Barry to track down his birth mother and pass on a message. Martin died at the Dignitas Clinic in Zurich 17 years ago. Laura visits Bessborough to see for herself where Martin was born. His adoption file feels like the last chance she has to find her, will it provide the information that she needs?
8/20/202225 minutes, 54 seconds
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Episode 5: Bleeding from the Ears

Laura McDaid is searching for the birth mother of a close friend who died 17 years ago at Dignitas. She revisits a story Martin worked on 20 years ago - and speaks to his source for that story. Might it hold some clues?
8/20/202225 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 4: The Celebrity

Laura McDaid is searching for the birth mother of a close friend who died 17 years ago at Dignitas. As concerns surface that his birth mother may have already told him she didn't want to meet, Laura explores what rejection can feel like with another Bessborough survivor. Could a DNA link to a UK celebrity be on the cards?
8/20/202225 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 3: The Prodigal Son

Laura McDaid held her ex's hand as he died at the Dignitas Clinic. Seventeen years later, she begins a search to fulfil his last request: to find his birth mother and pass on a message. As the search intensifies, Laura speaks to a Bessborough survivor who tells her that she suspects records were deliberately falsified at the institution. As Laura makes contact with a woman she think's could be Martin's mother, a chance phone call could change everything.
8/20/202225 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 2: Absolutely Terrified

BBC reporter Laura McDaid held Martin Barry's hand as he died at the Dignitas Clinic. 17 years later, she begins a search to fulfil his last request: to find his birth mother and pass on a message. To move forward with the search, Laura first needs to explain why it's taken her 17 years to have the strength to search for Martin's mother. She takes Kerry back to the aftermath of Martin's death, and how it was handled by the press at the time. Will the records provide her with any further information?
8/20/202226 minutes, 3 seconds
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Episode 1: A Nightmare About to Dawn

Irish journalist Martin Barry was only 30 years old when he died at the Dignitas Clinic in Zurich, accompanied by his ex girlfriend Laura McDaid. The night before he died, he asked Laura to fulfil his last request: to track down his birth mother and pass on a message. Martin had been born in a mother and baby home in Co. Cork in Ireland. He'd never met his birth mother. Twenty years later, along with her producer Kerry Jamison, Laura embarks on a search that will take her from the top of this island to the bottom and across the Irish sea, to fulfil the promise she made to Martin.
8/20/202225 minutes, 38 seconds
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Episode 8: The Enemy Within

Dramatised memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both handler and source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 8: The Enemy Within James is shocked to discover his home phone has been tapped by British Intelligence, and grows even more disillusioned when he is ordered to hand over one of his best sources to London in the aftermath of the Old Bailey Bombing of 1973. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Tommy – J D Ruddy Wife – Megan Armitage Source – Marty Maguire A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
5/21/202232 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 7: Blurred Lines

A dramatized memoir of a Special Branch Officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 7: Blurred lines James is worried that too many agencies have become involved in intelligence gathering, and shares his thoughts on allegations of collusion between the security forces and loyalist paramilitaries. Captain Robert Nairac assists James by helping a new IRA Officer Commanding have a change of heart, but Nairac’s risk-taking is placing him in ever increasing danger. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Robert Nairac – Patrick Fitzsymons PIRA Officer Commanding – Michael Patrick A BBC Northern Ireland Production
5/21/202231 minutes, 10 seconds
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Episode 6: The Irish Englishman

Dramatised memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both handler and source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 6: The Irish Englishman When James and the Military Intelligence officer meet a source in a Dublin department store, he tells them PIRA chief of staff Seán Mac Stíofáin will address an IRA meeting that same evening. They attend and gather valuable intelligence, but the Military Intelligence officer makes a mistake, placing them both in peril. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Source – J D Ruddy Military Intelligence Officer – Paul Mallon A BBC Northern Ireland Production
5/21/202231 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 5: The Quartermaster

A dramatised memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 5: The Quartermaster James is working late at Newry Police Station when a shot is fired. Amid the confusion, a crucial IRA suspect is arrested – but how did he get there? Captain Robert Nairac invites James to join him on a trip, but James is shocked when he discovers their destination. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Source – JD Ruddy Robert Nairac – Patrick Fitzsymons Newry Police officer/phone police officer – Michael Patrick A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
5/21/202226 minutes, 41 seconds
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Episode 4: Internment day

A dramatized memoir of a Special Branch Officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 4: Internment day James recalls the chaos of the 9th August 1971, when hundreds of men were arrested by the Army after the introduction of internment. Meanwhile, an informer operating close to the border provides valuable intelligence on changes within an IRA unit, giving James an unusual opportunity – but the Provisionals soon grow suspicious, leading to unforeseen consequences. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Prisoner – Faolan Morgan Lieutenant – Paul Mallon Source – Marty Maguire Wife – Megan Armitage A BBC Northern Ireland Production
5/21/202234 minutes, 31 seconds
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Episode 3: Dangerous Liaisons

A dramatized memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 3: Dangerous Liaisons Frustrated by the lack of cooperation between governments north and south, James decides to take matters into his own hands and makes a dangerous trip across the border. Meanwhile, he develops a friendship with Captain Robert Nairac and is soon liasing with the SAS – but this leads to serious friction between the two jurisdictions when Gardaí grow suspicious of an intelligence operation. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Garda Special Branch officer – Faolan Morgan Captain Robert Nairac – Patrick Fitzsymons Source – Marty Maguire Wife – Megan Armitage A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
5/21/202227 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 2: The Interrogation

A dramatised memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both Handler and Source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 2: The Interrogation A key informer continues to provide invaluable intelligence and helps James escape a murder attempt in Newry – but the informer isn’t so lucky. When an IRA headcount leads to his abduction and interrogation, the source’s life hangs in the balance. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Source – Marty Maguire Wife – Megan Armitage Military Intelligence Officer – Paul Mallon A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
5/21/202234 minutes, 34 seconds
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Episode 1: The First Good Source

Dramatised memoir of a Special Branch officer operating at the outset of the Northern Ireland Troubles. James (not his real name) runs a network of informers and sources operating along the border area of South Down and South Armagh during the worst years of violence. For both handler and source, it’s a matter of life and death. Some names, dates and details have been changed to protect the living. Episode 1: The First Good Source James sees an opportunity when a young IRA volunteer is arrested on a burglary charge. Working together, they are soon disrupting IRA activity – but it’s a high stakes game, and the informer’s life is soon in grave danger. Cast: James – Jonathan Harden Interviewer – Michael Patrick Source – Marty Maguire Military Intelligence Officer – Paul Mallon Army Radio Voice – Marty Maguire A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
5/21/202228 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 1: A Knock on the Door

One priceless art collection, stolen twice - by two very different criminals. The Heiress & The General examines the lead up to both robberies, the aftermath and the hunt for the missing art – two paintings remain missing to this day. Episode 1: A Knock at the door Wicklow, 1974. A mysterious woman arrives at Russborough House speaking French. She claims her car has broken down. 45 minutes later, the biggest art heist in history is over. Who is behind the robbery - and what connects it to a hijacked helicopter used in a failed IRA bomb attack just three months earlier? The Heiress & The General features documentary interviews alongside dramatised scenes written by Claire McGowan. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir. Cast: Rose Dugdale – Séainín Brennan James Horrigan – Paul Mallon Man 1 – Michael Patrick Man 2 – Jonathan Harden Sir Alfred Beit – Niall Cusack Lady Clementine Beit – Maggie Cronin Hotel Receptionist – Maeve Bradley Helicopter Pilot – Paul Mallon Producer: Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production.
2/19/202213 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 2: The Heiress

One priceless art collection, stolen twice - by two very different criminals. The Heiress & The General examines the lead up to both robberies, the aftermath and the hunt for the missing art – two paintings remain missing to this day. Episode 2: The Heiress As a police hunt for the paintings and the thieves intensifies across the country, a ransom note arrives on the desk of the director the National Gallery in Dublin. Clues point to an unlikely key suspect, a millionaire heiress who is already on the run from police. The search soon narrows to a remote area of West Cork. The Heiress & The General features documentary interviews alongside dramatised scenes written by Claire McGowan. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir. Cast: Rose Dugdale – Séainín Brennan James White – Paul Mallon Secretary – Maggie Cronin Detective – JD Ruddy Social Services Officer – Maeve Bradley Garda O’Leary – JD Ruddy Con Hayes – Pat Mooney Garda Creedon – Marty Maguire Producer: Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
2/19/202214 minutes, 13 seconds
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Episode 6: Tango One

One priceless art collection, two of the most daring robberies in art heist history - carried out by two very different criminals. The Heiress and The General examines the lead up to the robberies, the aftermath and the hunt for the missing art – two priceless paintings remain missing to this day. Episode 6: Tango One In his desperation to get rid of the stolen art, Cahill takes drastic and dangerous action. His dealings with Loyalist paramilitaries in Ulster reawaken an old and very bitter feud with the IRA. Meanwhile, another international police operation spins a delicate web to entrap Cahill and his gang – leading to a final showdown at Antwerp airport. The Heiress and The General features documentary interviews alongside dramatised scenes written by Claire McGowan. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir Martin Cahill – Lloyd Cooney Shavo – Laurence Kinlan Niall – Emmet Kirwan Charley Hill – Marty Maguire Belgian Police – Jean-Paul Van Der Velde Producer: Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
2/19/202216 minutes, 53 seconds
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Episode 5: The Hunt

One priceless art collection, two of the most daring robberies in art heist history - carried out by two very different criminals. The Heiress and The General examines the lead up to the robberies, the aftermath and the hunt for the missing art – two priceless paintings remain missing to this day. Episode 5: The Hunt Martin Cahill continues his feud with the Garda but is unaware that an elaborate sting operation is already being planned, involving multiple police forces from around the world – will he take the bait? Meanwhile The General sends his lieutenant to a high-stakes meeting with an American gangster – but all is not as it seems. The Heiress and The General features documentary interviews alongside dramatised scenes written by Claire McGowan. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir Martin Cahill – Lloyd Cooney TV Reporter – Faolan Morgan Garda 1 – Emmett Kirwan Charley Hill – Marty Maguire Tommy – Faolan Morgan Shavo – Laurence Kinlan Berman / FBI agent – Patrick Fitzsymons Dispatcher – Patrick Fitzsymons Undercover Agent – Jean-Paul Van Der Velde Producer: Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
2/19/202215 minutes, 25 seconds
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Episode 4: The General

One priceless art collection, two of the most daring robberies in art heist history - carried out by two very different criminals. The Heiress & The General examines the lead up to the robberies, the aftermath and the hunt for the missing art – two priceless paintings remain missing to this day. Episode 4: The General May 1986. Under cover of darkness, thieves break into Russborough House. They steal 19 paintings and escape unnoticed. When the alarm is raised, police initially suspect Republican paramilitaries, but intelligence soon points to a notorious Dublin gangster – Martin Cahill, aka The General. The Heiress & The General features documentary interviews alongside dramatised scenes written by Claire McGowan. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir Cast: Martin Cahill – Lloyd Cooney Shavo – Laurence Kinlan Garda 1 – Faolan Morgan IRA Man – Jonathan Harden Tour Guide – Pat Mooney Niall – Emmet Kirwan Garda 2 – Faolan Morgan Producer: Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
2/19/202215 minutes, 33 seconds
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Episode 3: Alone on the Pier

One priceless art collection, stolen twice - by two very different criminals. The Heiress & The General examines the lead up to both robberies, the aftermath and the hunt for the missing art – two paintings remain missing to this day. Episode 3: Alone on the Pier Police think they’ve found their chief suspect but as they wait for back-up, the suspect leaves and travels to the southern tip of Ireland, where she stands alone on a remote pier. When she returns, the police are waiting. A search of the cottage rented by the suspect under a false name provides a major break-through. The Heiress & The General features documentary interviews alongside dramatised scenes written by Claire McGowan. Presented by Marie-Louise Muir Cast: Rose Dugdale - Séainín Brennan Con Hayes – Pat Mooney Garda O’Leary – JD Ruddy Garda Creedon – Marty Maguire Garda 1 – Michael Patrick Judge – Niall Cusack Eddie – Paul Mallon Marion – Maeve Bradley Tiede Herrema - Jean-Paul Van Der Velde Producer: Conor McKay Executive Editor: Andy Martin A BBC Northern Ireland Production
2/19/202213 minutes, 59 seconds
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Episode 3: Cigars with Fidel

Living the American dream, Chuck makes a life altering decision that has a knock on effect across the world. Looking for new opportunities, Chuck meets with world leaders like Fidel Castro, and behind the scenes, plays a role in peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Roma Downey pieces together the story of this man, as the truth unravels on how he went from being a billionaire to broke - as told by the people in his life, from close family members to Microsoft Tycoon Bill Gates. Presenter: Roma Downey Producer: Cathy Moorehead Exec Editor: Andy Martin
1/15/202226 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 1: Clandestine Encounters

In a tiny apartment in San Francisco, lives an apparently ordinary, elderly man, with only the shirt on his back, a cheap plastic watch and one pair of shoes. Few know who he is, or what he was. This is the story of the backroom broker, who, through brown envelopes and the handover of billions, may just have changed the course of history. Some say he was recruited at a young age by the secret service, others tell a very different tale. His activities were shrouded in secrecy and wrapped in a fortune. Roma Downey tries to piece together the story of this man - as told by the people in his life from close family members to those who met him in clandestine encounters. Presenter: Roma Downey Producer: Cathy Moorehead Exec Editor: Andy Martin
1/15/202225 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 2: Money Making Machine

Chuck's global money-making machine seemed unstoppable but what was the source? And how did it disappear? We enter into a world of savvy intelligence, tax free havens & a yearning to reconnect with ancestral ties in Ireland - all shrouded in secrecy and wrapped in a fortune. Roma Downey tries to piece together the story of this mysterious man across continents and airport terminals. Presenter: Roma Downey Producer: Cathy Moorehead Exec Editor: Andy Martin
1/15/202226 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 3: Burned or Buried

Across three dramatic episodes, Ophelia Byrne follows a line on the map into the world of the Irish Boundary Commission – set up in 1924 to finalise the shape of the Irish border. It takes her into an improbable world of high statecraft, split communities, broken promises and many thousands of lives changed forever. Through original testimonies, secret letters and classified police reports, Ophelia tries to uncover what really happened up to the moment in 1925 when proposals for the new, final border line in Ireland hit crisis point. Then, both the British and Irish governments were prepared to take drastic action to have the Commission’s report ‘burned or buried’. Why? And what does it mean now? Episode Three: Burned or Buried With both the British and Irish governments in crisis, the final shape of the border in Ireland is agreed at speed and not in the way that's been anticipated. At the stroke of a pen, the fate and future national identity of thousands of lives is decided upon as the frontier is fixed. In the wake of Brexit, the Northern Ireland Protocol and with increasing calls for a referendum on Irish reunification, Ophelia realises the story of the Irish Boundary Commission could matter more now than ever before. Presenter: Ophelia Byrne Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne Exec Editor: Andy Martin
11/27/202125 minutes, 35 seconds
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Episode 1: Drawing the Line

Across three serialised episodes, Ophelia Byrne follows a line on the map into the world of the Irish Boundary Commission – set up in 1924 to finalise the shape of the Irish border. It takes her into an improbable world of high statecraft, split communities, broken promises and many thousands of lives changed forever. Through original testimonies, secret letters and classified police reports, Ophelia tries to uncover what really happened up to the moment in 1925 when proposals for the new, final border line in Ireland hit crisis point. Then, both the British and Irish governments were prepared to take drastic action to have the Commission’s report ‘burned or buried’. Why? And what does it all mean now? Episode One: Drawing the Line When Ophelia travels from Northern Ireland to visit her parents in Galway, her mum tells her she’s worried about the potential for violence over the future of the border in Ireland. Tracing descendants of those who testified to the Irish Boundary Commission almost a century ago, Ophelia discovers what was at stake for those who back then made their case to be included on one side of the frontier or the other. But a search through previously classified government correspondence reveals one of the Commissioners may not have been playing by the rules. Presenter: Ophelia Byrne Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne Exec Editor: Andy Martin
11/27/202126 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 2: Secrecy's Veil

Across three serialised episodes, Ophelia Byrne follows a line on the map into the world of the Irish Boundary Commission – set up in 1924 to finalise the shape of the Irish border. It takes her into an improbable world of high statecraft, split communities, broken promises and many thousands of lives changed forever. Through original testimonies, secret letters and classified police reports, Ophelia tries to uncover what really happened up to the moment in 1925 when proposals for the new, final border line in Ireland hit crisis point. Then, both the British and Irish governments were prepared to take drastic action to have the Commission’s report ‘burned or buried’. Why? And what does it all mean now? Episode Two: Secrecy's Veil Ophelia finds out what happened next to some of the border communities which testified to the Irish Boundary Commission. As she hears stories of blocked roads and political tensions, a chance discovery in the archives makes Ophelia begin to question the entire Boundary Commission process. Presenter: Ophelia Byrne Producers: Conor Garrett & Ophelia Byrne Exec Editor: Andy Martin
11/27/202125 minutes, 39 seconds
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Episode 9: Acceptance

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. A former complainant and a former defendant tell us about trying to move on after their verdicts. And the longer lasting effects of going through a rape and sexual assault trial. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 44 seconds
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Episode 8: Asking For It

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. A father says he was shocked by the reaction to his young daughter's claims of sexual abuse. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 50 seconds
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Episode 7: Attack

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. Everyone's talking - and tweeting - about this trial. There are thousands of published opinions on who's right and who's wrong. Is that really fair? January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 55 seconds
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Episode 6: Anger

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. Another woman tells us what it's like to be questioned about sex allegations in court. Victim Support's new research suggests severe problems with the cross examination stage. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 57 seconds
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Episode 5: Advocate

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. If you're the alleged victim, you don't get a lawyer. A rape victim tells us what it's like to be scooped into a trial without anyone to give you legal advice. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 48 seconds
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Episode 4: Anonymous

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. Cameras follow the defendants as they walk into court. Everyone’s talking about them. Another defendant tells us what it was like to be in the public eye as a suspected rapist. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 52 seconds
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Episode 3: Audience

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. The trial is about to start and the public gallery is packed. An alleged rape victim in another case recounts preparing to speak in front of an audience January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 46 seconds
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Episode 2: Anxiety

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. There's a long wait for the trial to begin. Other accusers and the accused tell us why waiting for a trial can be so agonising. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes, 19 seconds
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Episode 1: Accused

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. Two famous rugby players are in the news after being questioned by police about an alleged rape. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20219 minutes
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Rape Trial: Before You Begin

A rape trial that changes everything, for the acquitted, the woman and the legal system. When two rugby players go on trial for rape, there will be dramatic consequences for years to come. January 2018. An Irish rugby international and his young team mate are on trial, accused of raping a woman at a house party. Outside the court house, there are queues of people trying to get in. Inside, scuffles break out to get the best seats in the packed public gallery. On Twitter, thousands are following the trial and sharing their opinions on who they think is telling the truth. After nine weeks, the two men are acquitted. Although the jury's not guilty verdict was unanimous, the public's verdict is not. Crowds gather on the streets of Belfast and Dublin, waving banners saying 'I Believe Her' whilst others say justice has been done. There are criticisms of how both sides were treated over social media. There are loud calls for change. A former high court judge is immediately commissioned to review the criminal justice system for sex offences in Northern Ireland. While Sir John Gillen does not comment on any specific trial, what he recommends astonishes politicians, lawyers and campaigners alike. When his proposals are taken up, Northern Ireland will find itself at the forefront of radical reform in the way rape trials are heard in the future. Written and produced by Sarah Mole Commissioning and Executive Editor: Andy Martin
11/1/20213 minutes, 54 seconds
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Eps 3/3: We need to talk about TalkTalk

Stolen Data, Scams, Fines and Arrests: How the TalkTalk case was resolved and how it changed the discourse around cybercrime in the UK.
9/25/202126 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eps 1/3: Data Kidnap

One of the UK’s most high profile cyber-attacks: Some think it’s the work of cyber jihadis, but the truth is much closer to home. The story of how teenage clicks crippled a communications giant.
9/25/202126 minutes, 30 seconds
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Eps 2/3: Teenage Clicks

Who had the know-how and the inclination to take down TalkTalk? We get a glimpse inside the mind of a hacker as the story of one of the UK’s most high-profile cases takes an unlikely turn.
9/25/202126 minutes, 30 seconds
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Episode 5: The Hand of God

A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama. Episode 5: The Hand of God Neville finally has his day in court facing the man he believes is responsible for the disappearance of his house, but as he waits to hear the outcome of his case Neville finds himself on the wrong side of the law. The House that Vanished features documentary interviews with key people involved in Neville’s astonishing story alongside dramatised scenes written by Jan Carson. Presented by Siobhán McSweeney. Cast: Neville Presho … Tony Flynn Patrick Doohan … Seán T. Ó Meallaigh Justice Murphy … Mark Lambert Prosecution barrister … Faolán Morgan Defence barrister … Michael Patrick Psychiatrist … Patrick Fitzsymons Garda officer ... Niall Cusack Reporter ... Megan Armitage Hotel owner .... Lalor Roddy Written by Jan Carson Produced by Conor McKay and Michael Shannon Executive Editor: Andy Martin
8/21/202126 minutes, 28 seconds
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Episode 2: The Real King of Tory

A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama. Episode 2: The Real King of Tory Neville sets off on a journey around Ireland in search of clues, but the shock of discovering his house has vanished begins to affect his health. Feeling like he’s trapped in a nightmare, Neville recalls the peace and tranquility he first found on Tory – and a film he made years before seems to offer a strange prophecy about what may have happened to his house. The House that Vanished features documentary interviews with key people involved in Neville’s astonishing story alongside dramatised scenes written by Jan Carson. Presented by Siobhán McSweeney Cast: Neville ... Tony Flynn Fiona ... Fo Cullen Patrick Doohan ... Seán T. Ó Meallaigh Council worker ... Carol Moore Guard ... Faolán Morgan Sean ... Michael Patrick Tourism Woman ... Megan Armitage Engineer ... Desmond Eastwood Written by Jan Carson Produced by Conor McKay and Michael Shannon Executive editor: Andy Martin
8/21/202126 minutes, 26 seconds
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Episode 4: The Holy Clay

A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama. Episode 4: The Holy Clay It seems Neville can’t stay away from the island that haunts his every waking moment. A chance encounter on the ferry to Tory offers a new opportunity for justice and Neville finally finds a solicitor willing to listen to his story, but the strain of so many years spent searching for answers puts huge pressure on his marriage. The House that Vanished features documentary interviews with key people involved in Neville’s astonishing story alongside dramatised scenes written by Jan Carson. Presented by Siobhán McSweeney Cast: Neville ... Tony Flynn Fiona ... Fo Cullen Anton ... Ian Beattie Gillespie ... Patrick Fitzsymons Clerk ... Desmond Eastwood Justice Murphy ... Mark Lambert O’Dualachain ... Faolán Morgan O’Tuaithail ... Michael Patrick John McGinty ... Seamus O’Hara Written by Jan Carson Produced by Conor McKay and Michael Shannon Executive editor: Andy Martin
8/21/202126 minutes, 32 seconds
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Episode 3: Balor's Fort

A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama. Episode 3: Balor's Fort Neville tracks down a contractor who offers him new information about events leading up to the disappearance of his house, but Neville’s obsessive search for answers comes at a heavy price. Neville decides to forgive those he believes have wronged him, leading to a long, dark night of the soul at Balor’s Fort on Tory island. The House that Vanished features documentary interviews with key people involved in Neville’s astonishing story alongside dramatised scenes written by Jan Carson. Presented by Siobhán McSweeney Cast: Neville ... Tony Flynn Fiona ... Fo Cullen Patrick Doohan ... Seán T. Ó Meallaigh John McGinty ... Seamus O’Hara Doctor ... Ian Beattie Written by Jan Carson Produced by Conor McKay and Michael Shannon Executive editor: Andy Martin
8/21/202126 minutes, 17 seconds
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Episode 1: The Vanishing

A compelling five-part mystery based on the true story of one man’s search for justice on a remote Irish island, blending documentary and drama. Episode 1: The Vanishing. When Neville Presho returns to Tory Island after many years overseas, he gets the shock of his life – his house has vanished. All that remains is a bathtub, lying upside down on the shore. Neville first came to the remote Irish island in the 1970s and made a documentary about the islanders' traditional way of life, their culture and language. Neville felt warmly welcomed – now, he faces a wall of silence. Some talk mysteriously of a whirlwind and a strange glow in the night sky, others say Neville would be better off not asking. No one will tell him what happened, not even the island’s King. Neville sets out on a search for justice, but his quest will come at great personal cost. The House that Vanished features documentary interviews with key people involved in Neville’s astonishing story alongside dramatised scenes written by Jan Carson. Presented by Siobhán McSweeney. Cast: Neville ... Tony Flynn Fiona ... Fo Cullen Mary Meehan ... Carol Moore Patrick Doohan ... Seán T. Ó Meallaigh Patsy Dan ... Mark Lambert Father O’Neill ... Niall Cusack Man 1 ... Lalor Roddy Woman ... Megan Armitage Man 2 ... Desmond Eastwood Film Crew ... Michael Patrick Written by Jan Carson Produced by Conor McKay and Michael Shannon Executive Editor: Andy Martin
8/21/202126 minutes, 27 seconds
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Episode 10: This Country

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Ten: This Country So where did all the money go? And what went with it? Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202112 minutes, 51 seconds
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Episode 9: Testimony

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Nine: Testimony When Glenn attends the trial of the only person charged in direct connection with the raid, he's struck by what he hears in court and what he sees on TV that night Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Music: Phil Kieran Actors: Louise Parker, Thomas Finnegan & Conor O'Donnell Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 8 seconds
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Episode 8: See No Evil

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Eight: See No Evil Weeks after the robbery a man is murdered outside a packed Belfast bar but no witnesses are coming forward. Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 5 seconds
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Episode 7: Burning Embers

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Seven: Burning Embers Irish police follow a money laundering trail to County Cork, where someone is going to extreme lengths to get the cash off their hands. Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 11 seconds
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Episode 6: The Mastermind

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Six: The Mastermind As news breaks of the robbery, along with a swirl of accusations and counter accusations, one politician uses parliamentary privilege to name the individual he believes was responsible for its meticulous planning. Written and presented by Glenn Patterson Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202112 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 5: Cash by the Trolley Load

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Five: Cash by the Trolley Load A white van reverses up a narrow side street beside the bank, until its tailgate comes level with the bullion bay doors... Presenter: Glenn Patterson Actors: Louise Parker, Conor O'Donnell & Thomas Finnegan Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 21 seconds
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Episode 4: The Drop

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Four: The Drop Chris leaves the bank with a bag over his shoulder... Presenter: Glenn Patterson Actors: Louise Parker, Conor O'Donnell & Thomas Finnegan Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 4 seconds
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Episode 3: Progressing Matters

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Three: Progressing Matters As Kevin and Chris make their way down to the basement cash-centre safe, the masked men holding Kyran McMullan hostage ask if she'd like some light refreshments... Presenter: Glenn Patterson Actors: Louise Parker, Conor O'Donnell & Thomas Finnegan Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 18 seconds
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Episode 2: Killing Time

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode Two: Killing Time After a year of so called 'tiger kidnappings' all over Northern Ireland, negotiations continue to try to restore the Stormont power-sharing government, as Northern Bank employees Chris Ward and Kevin McMullan prepare to start the most extraordinary working shift of their lives... Presenter: Glenn Patterson Actors: Louise Parker, Conor O'Donnell & Thomas Finnegan Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202111 minutes, 45 seconds
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Episode 1: Unexpected Visitors

It was the biggest bank robbery in British and Irish history. Days before Christmas 2004, gangs of armed men take over the homes of two Northern Bank officials in Belfast and County Down. With family members held hostage, the officials are instructed to remove cash from the vaults of Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast city-centre and load it into the back of a van - not once, but twice - before the van disappears into the night, along with more than £26.5 million in new and used notes. With the finger of blame pointed at the IRA, the raid makes headlines around the world and sends shock-waves through an already faltering Northern Ireland peace process. Through dramatized court testimonies, new interviews and archive, Glenn Patterson takes us into the unfolding story of a meticulously planned heist and its chaotic aftermath. Military precision giving way to soap powder boxes stuffed with cash. The bickering of politicians against the silence of the man said to be the robbery’s mastermind. There are even rumours that proceeds from the robbery are to be used as a pension fund for IRA members as it prepares to disarm and disband. Glenn Patterson has unfinished business with the Northern Bank Job. In fact, he thinks all of Northern Ireland does. Episode One: Unexpected Visitors Northern Bank employee Chris Ward is watching TV with his dad when there's a knock at the door. Kevin McMullan is at home with his wife Kyran when Police come to tell them there's been a road traffic accident. But all is not as it seems... Presenter: Glenn Patterson Actors: Louise Parker, Conor O'Donnell & Thomas Finnegan Music: Phil Kieran Executive Editor: Andy Martin Producer: Conor Garrett A BBC Northern Ireland production
6/5/202113 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Boy in the Burning Car - Episode 3

18 year old Caoimhin Cassidy Crossan from Creggan in Derry died when the stolen car he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost and went on fire in June 2019. Police say he wasn’t dead when the car started burning, and they think he wasn’t alone. How did Caoimhin end up here and why was he left inside? Una Kelly attempts to find out. To understand the path leading up to his tragic death, we hear from those closest to Caoimhin, revealing the story of a much loved yet troubled young man. The events of that terrible night have left his family struggling with many unanswered questions, and murder opens as a line of inquiry as police attempt to uncover the truth.
1/30/202126 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Boy in the Burning Car - Episode 2

Eighteen-year-old Caoimhin Cassidy Crossan from Creggan in Derry died when the stolen car he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost and went on fire in June 2019. Police say he wasn’t dead when the car started burning, and they think he wasn’t alone. How did Caoimhin end up here and why was he left inside? Una Kelly attempts to find out. To understand the path leading up to his tragic death, we hear from those closest to Caoimhin, revealing the story of a much loved yet troubled young man. The events of that terrible night have left his family struggling with many unanswered questions, and murder opens as a line of inquiry as police attempt to uncover the truth.
1/16/202126 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Boy in the Burning Car - Episode 1

Eighteen-year-old Caoimhin Cassidy Crossan from Creggan in Derry died when the stolen car he was travelling in crashed into a lamppost and went on fire in June 2019. Police say he wasn’t dead when the car started burning, and they think he wasn’t alone. How did Caoimhin end up here and why was he left inside? Una Kelly attempts to find out. To understand the path leading up to his tragic death, we hear from those closest to Caoimhin, revealing the story of a much loved yet troubled young man. The events of that terrible night have left his family struggling with many unanswered questions, and murder opens as a line of inquiry as police attempt to uncover the truth.
1/16/202126 minutes, 57 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 7

April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
1/9/202126 minutes, 40 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 6

April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
12/19/202028 minutes, 39 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 5

April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
12/4/202026 minutes, 36 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 1

April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
11/14/202026 minutes, 30 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 4

April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
11/14/202026 minutes, 38 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 3

3/6 April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
11/14/202026 minutes, 40 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Episode 2

2/6 April 1933. Belfast Gaol. Prisoner 1192, Harold Courtney, is executed for the brutal murder of Minnie Reid. Or was he? Did the right man hang? Digging deep, journalist Gordon Adair attempts to find out*, because locally, he’s heard a strange tale. Of plots, threats, deceit and cover-up. It’s a trail that takes the investigation across the globe – and of people who, 90 years on, still believe this is a case that shouldn’t be talked about. Was there a miscarriage of justice? Was justice not done for the young Minnie Reid? And how much of this tale is true? To unravel it takes Gordon back almost a century, and from rural Northern Ireland to urban melting-pot Australia. Tracking down witnesses like the children who found Minnie’s body in a lonely Armagh lane, and uncovering secret records, maps and letters not seen since 1933, Gordon also consults police, pathology, and capital punishment experts. The results surprise him. Shining a light on a ‘lost decade’ in Northern Ireland, they uncover a shadowy taboo history that’s rarely explored. Assume Nothing, BBC Northern Ireland’s new podcast strand goes to air before this increasingly unpredictable investigation is concluded. PRONI documents in the series featured by kind permission of the Deputy Keeper of the Records, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. (PRONI)
11/14/202026 minutes, 40 seconds
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Did the Right Man Hang? Introduction

1933: Harold Courtney is convicted of murdering a young woman, assumed to be pregnant with his child. He is hanged and buried in the grounds of Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol. Nearly 90 years later, journalist Gordon Adair investigates a story he was told as a young reporter, about a conspiracy. Turning up files that have been closed for decades he asks, did the right man hang?
11/13/20201 minute, 52 seconds