New series of Hidden Heritage

Published Wednesday, 20 January 2010
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Brian Black and Flub, his canine companion, renew their quest to open up some more of the untold chapters in the history of Northern Ireland's beautiful land in a new series of Hidden Heritage.

The theme of this series of four programmes is 'water' and in the first programme Brian Black looks at rivers and streams with fascinating finds from the Bann and Erne rivers.

Brian also explores the local efforts to conserve the industrial archaeology on the Newry Canal.

"The heritage of our land is so captivating and as I delve deeper into the history I uncover really fascinating finds," said Brian.

"We also take to the air with a spectacular review of some our most impressive coastal buildings - the lighthouses, past and present, which have guarded our coasts for centuries."

Michael Wilson, Managing Director UTV Television said: "This is the fourth series of Hidden Heritage, it is one of our most popular programmes on UTV regularly attracting an impressive audience of more than 150,000 viewers and this series promises to be even more spectacular."

This new series also focuses on sights, sounds and beliefs. Brian is introduced to some fantastic musical instruments which have been recovered from lakes to hear them sound exactly as they would have sounded in the ancient past.

Brian visits Drumquin, near Omagh, uncovering ancient trackways across the bog, before travelling to Co Fermanagh to see some stunning tombs belonging to settlements around Lough McNean, a hermit's cell and church at Killesher in the Claddagh Glen.

Brian also looks at the coastal settlements through the ages with a typical Viking example at Kilclief, County Down.

While in Strangford Lough, Brian accompanies a group of amateur archaeologists engaged in a demanding survey on Chapel Island.

Then it's over to the smugglers of Rathlin Island to find out about their skills in avoiding the dreaded revenue men.

The Blockhouse Island in the mouth of Carlingford Lough is another stop for Brian to say farewell to a site that there's now little hope of saving.

Hidden Heritage is supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

John McMillen, Chief Executive said: "We are proud to be associated with Hidden Heritage which helps illustrate the value of our natural and built environment, garner support for the investment made in it and inspire viewers to get out and explore our wonderful environment for themselves."

Hidden Heritage screens on UTV on Mondays at 8pm.

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