Fergal Kearney on Antiques Road Trip
In July 2015 I received a call out of the blue from STV (Scottish Television) who produce the Antiques Road Trip for the BBC. The soft Scottish burr of the production assistant told me my name had been given by DoENI as something of a specialist on Seamus Heaney and the history of Bellaghy (eh?) and that they would like me to appear on the ‘break out’ segment of their forthcoming series, to be filmed in Northern Ireland.
OK I thought, this is nothing new to me? So in August of 2015 I set about hosting the production people at STV on a rendezvous of South Derry, placing us among the landmarks of our wonderful late friend Seamus Heaney.
A day of familiarisation turned into a further day of filming, reduced to a segment of 4 minutes in the eventual show broadcast on Network BBC2 on Tuesday 5th January 2016. To put this in context, a 2 minute segment in Game of Thrones in Toome Canal during September 2014 (S5) took 3 weeks! But there it was this evening in all its HD glory, with all my favourite views of our beloved Parish on show to around 4.9 million UK viewers.
If you want to enjoy the entire show you can view it at Antiques Road Trip here and if you want to skip to ‘moi’ on the telly, I’m the gobshite at minute 12 or so in the production.
I’ve had good feedback so far on my piece to camera and, on an umbilical gazing re-watch, I have to say with my eyes closed that I sounded OK? Hope you agree!
My New Year Resolution on viewing the show is to become a Size 10 (in lady-speak) by Easter. Did you see the size of thon man on the BBC? Jeeeez! But I do love giving the ould place a boost and putting us on the map for all the good reasons!