BBC Northern Ireland is to broadcast a series of specially commissioned programmes to showcase some of the best loved local artists, and delve inside what drives them.
The Season Of Arts collection, which will start to be made available via the Northern Ireland category on BBC iPlayer from January 22nd, aims to provide some escapism, celebrate the best of local talent and share music, performances and stories.
Among the new content to feature in the season will be profiles on musician Neil Hannon, poet Medbh McGuickan and visual artist Rita Duffy, a documentary on the rise of romantic novelists and a new film on the clash between Oscar Wilde and Edward Carson, authored by Wilde’s grandson, Merlin Holland.
The season will also give audiences the chance to watch previously broadcast documentaries and programmes featuring artists such as Seamus Heaney and Snow Patrol.
Eddie Doyle, Head of Content Commissioning, BBC NI, said: “We recognise the value and importance of the arts and have always been keen supporters and partners of the sector here in Northern Ireland. We wanted to provide our audiences with some new content and help to bring the arts to them during this challenging time, while also providing another chance to see some acclaimed arts programmes we have broadcast in the past.”