Published Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Ross Kemp filming in Belfast during Twelfth riots. (© Presseye)
Eyebrows were raised when the former EastEnders 'hardman' turned up in Belfast last summer to film parades, stand-offs, and riots over the Twelfth of July period.
His documentaries have previously examined issues like deadly drug cartels in Mexico's so-called 'murder capital', child soldiers and sexual violence in the Congo, and witch-hunting in East Africa.
But for the third series, one episode will focus on sectarian tensions still plighting the peace process in Northern Ireland.
During his time in Belfast, Kemp filmed at an Eleventh Night bonfire off the Shankill Road and along a parade route in the Ardoyne area.
He walked with the feeder parade past the shopfronts before joining the main parade to Barnett's Demesne, passing another flashpoint at the Catholic St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street.
The documentary team were filming as serious violence flared and police came under attack.
Baton rounds and water cannon had to be used to try to restore order, as dozens of officers were injured and missiles including petrol bombs, bricks, heavy masonry and fireworks were thrown.
Police were also attacked by people wielding ceremonial swords.
DUP deputy leader and MP Nigel Dodds was among those injured, ending up in hospital after being hit in the head with a brick.
As part of Kemp's investigation into the divisions regarding parading in Northern Ireland, he spoke to senior police officers, including PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott, and to both bandsmen taking part in loyalist parades and nationalist residents holding protests.
As well as Belfast, the third series looks at a number of other volatile situations around the world.
It kicks off with a look at sex-trafficking in India, before heading to Rio and a city trying to clean up a crack-cocaine epidemic ahead of hosting the World Cup.
In Papua New Guinea, Kemp finds himself held at gunpoint by hijackers, while the trailer shows him being hit by missiles during a riot in Northern Ireland.
The third series of Ross Kemp: Extreme World starts on Sky 1 on Tuesday 21 January, with the Northern Ireland episode due to air on Tuesday 4 February.
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