Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries show

Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries

Summary: Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With almost 1,000 documentaries on offer it has the largest archive of documentaries available anywhere. The productions are radio stories about real life and contain productions dating as far back as 1954. A wealth of life, ideas, experiences, events and perspectives is on offer - but most importantly - stories. Download the Documentary on One iphone app from the App store.

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 East Germany Today | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:43:53

This 1985 documentary provides an insight into the former East German state, hearing from families and their opinions on a wide range of topics from housing and transport needs to holidays, education, entertainment and religion. The programme was first broadcast in May 1985, compiled and presented by Brendan O’Heithir and produced by Micheal Holmes.

 The Reindeer Santa Left Behind | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:43:58

Over the course of last Christmas Eve, an incredible series of events took place on a remote farm in Co. Wexford involving Santa Claus, his reindeers and the Mulready family. Recorded over the last year, we piece together this extraordinary story where Blitzen, one of Santa’s reindeers got badly injured and needed to be nursed back to health (2016)

 DocArchive (1977): Buskers, Ballads and Brown Pence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:43:59

An examination of the art of busking. Dick Warner speaks to musicians on the streets of Dublin about the life of a busker. They describe the highs and lows of the job, including travelling around the country and abroad, the attitudes of shopkeepers and the general public. Featuring plenty of music recorded on the streets. (First Broadcast 1977)

 Mayo Boy Vietnam Hero | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:40:07

Patrick 'Bob' Gallagher emigrated to the United States from County Mayo in Ireland in 1962. He fought in the Vietnam war and for his bravery was awarded the prestigious Navy Cross medal. Just weeks later, the 23 year old Marine Corporal was killed in combat. A campaign has started to have a US navy ship named in his honour. (2016)

 DocArchive (1983): Birth of a Pill – Testing New Drugs on Human Beings | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:44:16

An investigation into the ICP, a firm in America and Ireland that tests new drugs on volunteer healthy humans, before being used on people with diseases. Doctors, Professors of medicine, pharmacologists, nurses, workers and volunteers for drug testing are included in an exploration of the processes and reasons for testing these new drugs. The protocols of the drug trials are explained and there’s a visit to the laboratory. (First Broadcast 1983)

 A Backwards Glance at The Ballroom of Romance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:39:38

Irish writer William Trevor passed away on Nov 20th 2016. To mark his passing we revisit his most well known short story, which was later adapted into a TV film, and which led to teenage obsession that just won't go away. Éamon Little and Eugene O'Brien explore the iconic TV film that coined the phrase 'Will you come into the field, Bridie?’ (2016)

 DocArchive (1990): I’ll See You Later | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:39:30

The story of Christine and Dominic Meenagh; a visually impaired couple. Their son Declan is also visually impaired. They go through their daily routines and the history of their health and disability. Christine works as a telephonist and Dominick is a house husband. Featuring the positives and difficulties of their lives. (First Broadcast 1990)

 Kicking The Bucket | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:39:47

We Irish think we handle death better than most. But two Limerick women, Sinéad and Katie, don’t necessarily agree. They want to explore death in a humorous, yet deadly serious way. By holding a series of workshops, they invite people to share their hopes, fears and experiences of death, which they do, just not in the way you'd expect... (2016)

 DocArchive (1978): Oh What A Lot of Spongers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:42:24

A look at the struggles for men and women on social welfare. Unfairly called ‘spongers’, these unemployed people talk about what it is like to be ‘on the dole’. Qualified teachers and tradesmen reveal the complexities of the welfare system and the difficulties they have in trying to find work. Irish emigrants to the U.K. talk about having to work abroad while leaving family at home. (First Broadcast 1978)

 Anatomy of an Irish Serial Killer | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:40:49

Between 1953 and 1983, Kieran Patrick Kelly from Rathdowney, Co. Laois, preyed on vagrants on the London Common and across the London Underground Tube. In fact, he didn't just prey, he murdered. The question is how many? It’s said he could have murdered up to 31 people. Could this be true? Robert Mulhern attempts to unravel this curious tale (2016)

 Sin-é: Jeff Buckley's Irish Odyssey | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:41:19

In the mid 1990s, Jeff Buckley was set to become as big as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen,. But he died tragically aged just 30. With over 4 million record sales to his name, Jeff remains a huge musical figure. Ahead of what would have been his 50th birthday (Nov 17th 2016) Steve Cummins explores Jeff’s largely unknown connections to Ireland.(2016)

 Then There Was Light | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:38:56

On Nov 5th 1946, the ESB erected the first pole of rural electrification. This was the beginning of a promise to bring electricity to every home in Ireland. 70yrs after this momentous change in modern Ireland, we piece together the story of rural electrification, including tales of fear and hope and love and loss as the nation illuminated. (2016)

 No Time To Lose | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:40:50

Katie Cooke is from Dublin. At age 9 she developed epilepsy and suffers about 15 seizures every day. Since leaving hospital at 17 in a wheelchair, she has used running to help her recovery and deal with her illness. She now runs marathons. Despite long-term stays in hospital and frequent seizures, Katie wants to live as normal a life as possible. (First Broadcast 2016)

 Help The Hallowe'en Party | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:50:26

The Documentary On One team selects extracts and short documentaries from their online archive to mark the spookiest night of the year. From being buried alive to making your own coffin. Bodysnatchers who are snatched by death and horror movies that are a scream to watch. (2016)

 DocArchive (1986): New Irish in America | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:45:09

In the 1980s, many young Irish people emigrated to America due to unemployment. Paddy O’Gorman speaks to emigrants in New York, who have travelled to find work and many of them are in the country illegally. There are difficulties in finding work and accommodation, but many of the people love their new home. (First Broadcast 1986)


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