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.
Almost 20 years on from the Good Friday agreement, the Colombian government has made peace with the FARC rebels. Veterans of the Northern Irish peace process are helping to make sure Colombia’s journey to peace stays on course. Luke Holland travels to South America where he encounters Former FARC rebels, victims and others making the peace. (2017)
Veteran Limerick politician, Stevie Coughlan, and his wife, Peggy recall episodes from his long and colourful career; the Blueshirts and the 1932 election, standing as a Clann na Poblachta candidate in 1954, Noel Browne and the Mother and Child Scheme, divisions within the Labour Party, and becoming the Mayor of his beloved Limerick City. (1990)
After 4yrs in an Egyptian prison, Ibrahim Halawa, a 22yr old Irish student, was acquitted of all charges against him in Sept 2017. We revisit the documentary we made on Ibrahim’s story in June 2016 with Peter Greste, the acclaimed journalist, who shared a cell with Ibrahim and who had never previously spoken out about this controversial case.
In 1962, a teenage singer called Little Eva was plucked from obscurity and shot to stardom with her number one smash hit, "The Locomotion". She enjoyed relative success with her next single but struggled to re-create the popularity of her original hit. After the dizzy heights of fame, how did Eva adjust to life out of the spotlight?
When a group of people arrived on Achill Island in May, 1951 nobody foresaw that only two of them would leave alive. The film they had arrived to make – “Shark Island” - would end in tragedy. Actor Claire Mullen was in that film and returns to Achill to finally try to achieve closure on what was one of the worst film accidents in history.
A look at the life and works of essayist William Hazlitt, the 18th century English writer best known for his humanist essays. Willett spent much of his childhood in Ireland. In particular we look at his most celebrated essay, 'The Fight' (2003)
Spy stories typically start on dimly lit streets in Eastern Europe, not in Dublin suburbia. But this isn’t your typical spy story. An Irish KGB ring, deadly poisonings, arms deals - Irish people have been involved, knowingly or unknowingly, in the deeply secret world of Russian spying. Enter the shadowy realm of Ireland and Russian espionage (2017)
This documentary looks at the effect that unemployment in the 1980s had on the people of Arklow, especially women. With most of the men were unemployed, women in Arklow started to look for opportunities outside the home and joined mostly female led courses to prepare them for future opportunities. (1981)
More than ten thousand deaths a year in Ireland are reported to the Coroner's office. Two thousand of those will proceed to an inquest hearing .Ruairi McKenna follows the work of two coroners, in Kerry and Mayo and meets the people they serve, hearing stories form people who are looking to establish their loved ones' cause of death. (2017)
Three wishes in the life of John Bradburne. A mystic, pilgrim, and poet he joined the war in 1939 looking for adventure but instead, he found religion. He converted to Catholicism and began his pilgrim across the world. His last journey was to a leper colony in Zimbabwe where he fell victim to its civil war. Did he get his last wish? (1981)
Eric Dorman O'Gowan was an Irish general in the British Army who fought in WW1 and outfoxed the Germans during WW2, yet was sacked by a British Prime Minister. He later became an advisor for the I.R.A, turning his back on the British. Delve into the unorthodox life of one of Ireland's most remarkable mavericks, known as ‘The Brigadier’ (2017).
Irish tenor and actor, Colm Wilkinson, best known for originating the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in the West End and Broadway talks about his life in musical theatre and preparing to leave this iconic character behind as he moves on to new productions. (1987)
60 years ago, Mick Mallon left his home in Ireland, eventually settling in remote arctic Canada. Fascinated by language, Mick began to learn Inuktitut, the native language of the Inuit Eskimo. But not only did he learn to speak one of the most difficult languages in the world, he created a way to teach it - and save it from extinction. (2017)
A day on the beat with Irish American detectives from the NYPD Homicide Squad who police the streets of Harlem. By the late 1970s, violent crime was a daily part of life in New York City, and the police had to deal with gruesome murder scenes and criminals who were armed and dangerous. (1978)
Hidden in the hills of the Sperrin Mountains in south Derry is a tiny GAA club with a massive reputation. This year they were going for a hat trick of sporting achievements with their hurling, camogie and football teams all set for All Ireland Club Finals. But, this incredible success story goes way beyond sporting field. (2017)