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Tim McGarry’s Ulster Scots Journey on BBC One NI



Date Posted: December 9, 2013

Wednesday 11th December BBC One Northern Ireland, 10.35pm

Stand-up comic and writer Tim McGarry embarks on a two-part journey for BBC Northern Ireland to discover more about his Ulster Scots identity.

Produced and directed by The Hole in the Wall Gang, Tim McGarry’s Ulster Scots Journey traces the links between Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland with plenty of laughs along the way.

In true McGarry style, the self-confessed sceptic questions if there’s any Ulster Scots blood in him? He also asks if Ulster Scots is truly a language.

Tim is surprised with some of his findings as he traces his family roots and weaves his way through the history of Ulster.

He said: “I had great fun working on these programmes, meeting lots of interesting people and finding out some history I knew nothing about. And I am happy that I am at least a wee bit Ulster Scot which is just as well really otherwise the programme would have been ruined. I’ve been known to take the hand out of the Ulster Scots language but as viewers will see one true speaker puts me right.”

Among the well-known landmarks visited by Tim during his journey are Carrickfergus and its castle, Bangor Abbey and Dunluce Castle.

The series offers a unique focus on what sets Northern Ireland apart from other places with plenty of fascinating historical facts, frequently used recognisable words and information to change perceptions of even the most sceptical.

Tim McGarry’s Ulster Scots Journey, a two part series is due to begin on Wednesday, December 11 on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.35pm.

The series was made for BBC Northern Ireland by the Hole in the Wall Gang Ltd with assistance from Northern Ireland Screen’s Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.

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