Kemp defends putting NI in Extreme World

Published Tuesday, 04 February 2014
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Ross Kemp has defended the inclusion of Northern Ireland in his Extreme World series - which is more used to issues like child soldiers in the Congo - ahead of the Belfast-based episode airing.

Kemp defends putting NI in Extreme World
Ross Kemp filming in Belfast during Twelfth riots. (© Presseye)

The documentary maker was filming in north Belfast last summer, 15 years on from the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, to look at sectarian tensions still blighting the peace process.

Kemp witnessed Twelfth of July parades, stand-offs and riots, and spoke to those involved from both sides of the divide.

Eyebrows had been raised by the former EastEnders star's presence though, given the nature of his documentary series on "extreme" locations around the globe.

But he insists that the show is not about drawing comparisons between very different situations.

"Some people say: 'Oh, why are you including a place in the United Kingdom in Extreme World? It doesn't compare, say, to the Congo.' And of course it doesn't," Kemp told UTV's Sarah Travers.

But for a couple of minutes during that riot, it was quite extreme.

Ross Kemp

Kemp explains that the Extreme World title actually provides quite a broad umbrella under which to operate, allowing him to shift from the Congo to Belfast to Las Vegas to look at various issues.

"It doesn't necessarily mean Belfast is an extreme place," he added.

"Extreme things happen there occasionally - as they do in London, as they do in Paris, as they do in Baghdad. It can also mean extreme views or extreme actions that only happen for a second."

But filming in Northern Ireland was definitely an experience for Kemp and he admits he was hit with a few missiles, even from the relative safety of behind police lines.

"Very much behind the police lines!" he joked.

"There were some extreme actions and the police had to act accordingly - I have to say, I thought they did a brilliant job."

The Belfast-based episode of Ross Kemp: Extreme World airs on Tuesday night on Sky 1 at 9pm - catch his full interview with Sarah Travers on The Magazine on UTV on Friday 14 February at 8pm.

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Comments Comments
doirecormac in Derry wrote (357 days ago):
Driving through Derry was like driving through the South of France. And then there was belfast ...... Bonfires, riots, tattered flags, violent thugs. Derry's city of application, successful. Belfast's city of culture application, failure. Forget about your flegs and marches and come to Derry for a great time.
he is right in comber wrote (358 days ago):
his show was right in what it stated, no wonder the world laughs at us.
desdodes in lower ormo wrote (359 days ago):
A total whitewash of a show. It tried to make it look like the CNR were the ones threatening too create any trouble. Only talking to a lone dissident spokesman. Where was all the waffle from Winkie Irwhine, Billy the kid hutchinson, Captain Mannering Chittick and comrades. Although the subtitles for the Shankill versions of Ulster Scots was classic to watch.
Martin in Carrick wrote (359 days ago):
Watch the first programme in this series and you will see what EXTERME is, it makes what's happening is Northern Ireland seem pretty pathetic and meaningless.
alan in belfast wrote (359 days ago):
I have to say that all the hard work people are doing to promote this city and this guy shows the worst. Why does he not do a follow up and show the real belfast people the ones trying to get on with their lives.
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