Lesser Spotted Ulster returns to UTV

Published Friday, 04 July 2014
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A new series of Lesser Spotted Ulster will return to UTV next Friday.

Over 20 episodes, host Joe Mahon will discover a whole range of new fascinating stories, remarkable people and stunning vistas across the country, many of them from places that he had never set foot in before.

Joe said: "The team and I are back on the road with renewed energy and undimmed enthusiasm and I can honestly say that this series feels as fresh and newly-minted as the very first series we did, when Vinny Cunningham, our cameraman, was in short trousers.

"After almost 18 years, maybe we're just finally getting the hang of it?"

In the first programme, Joe visits Malin Head in County Donegal, where the stunning scenery offers breath-taking landscapes for visiting tourists and such an easily visible spot has proved crucial for both tactical and communications purposes over the centuries.

Joe discovers historic links with World War II when Allied pilots would use the beaches of Malin Head as map-reference points. This has been a vital spot for shipping communications down through the centuries, as evidenced by the Ballyhillin signalling tower built during the Napoleonic wars.

Joe is on the hunt for signals from transmitters implanted in some of the numerous basking shark populations in these waters by a team of experts anxious to conserve and study these endangered creatures.

The presenter also chats to one of the builders engaged in the heart-stopping task of building a pathway around the cliffs at Malin Head, which has been designed to make it safer for the public to take in the sights and catch a glimpse of the basking sharks.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said: "Lesser Spotted Ulster is UTV's longest running series, now in its 15th series Joe has demonstrated time and time again that the various places he explores in his own unique way and the people he talks to continue to delight our audience.

"Lesser Spotted Ulster is one of our most watched regional programmes and I am delighted to see Joe and his team return on Friday nights for viewers."

Lesser Spotted Ulster returns to UTV on Friday 11 July at 8pm.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Vicky in Antrim wrote (66 days ago):
I love LSU, have recorded and watched every programme with my husband. Just one thing please stop that music when Joe is talking, its very hard sometimes to hear what Joe is saying! Other than that great show, so for 2015 shows lower the music you dont need it through the programme.
Deirdre Murphy in Belfast, Cavehill Rd. wrote (167 days ago):
I was furious at the absolute lack of content regarding tonight's show on the waterworks lesser spotted is right in this case as the fishing took up most of the show. My father who is eighty six and my brother could have put an hours worth of information into a show on the waterworks from the names of the rivers that flow into the waterworks,to the history going back many years, not to mention the old boat house and the model sailing boats the lake, the private membership and having a key to the gate. present day information on friends of the waterworks, the enormous popularity of the park run. the allotment "Grow" and community events organised by friends of the waterworks, its not all about the fish or the weed that was introduced into the water and is now a menace they cant get rid off. So come on now if your making a programme about the Water works do it right!
Martin in Belfast wrote (209 days ago):
Brilliant news I have just set my reminder for it's the best show on tv I have really missed it Joe is a fantastic presenter.
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