With National Library of Ireland (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Storm Front in Mayo: The Story of the D-Day Forecast (2019 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

6.0
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The incredible story of Ireland's unknown but critical role in WWII and how in the summer of 1944 the timing of the D Day landings came to hinge on readings taken by a 21 year old girl in a... See full summary »

Director: Gerry Gregg | Stars: Eva Sweeney, Colin Wright, Mike Johnson, John Downes

Votes: 8

2. Dracula's Bram Stoker (2003 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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A chronicle of the life of Bram Stoker, author of the classic novel Dracula.

Director: Sinead O'Brien | Stars: Noel Dobbs, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Roy Foster, Christopher Frayling

Votes: 29

3. In Search of Ancient Ireland (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 162 min | Documentary, History

7.9
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A history of fabled Erin comes alive through stunning imagery, original music and timeless stories in this vivid portrait of the island nation's remarkable past and enduring impact on ... See full summary »

Director: Leo Eaton | Stars: Michael Baillie, Edel Bhreathnach, Friar Christopher Dillon, Charles Doherty

Votes: 38

4. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: Michael Collins (1996)

52 min | Documentary

7.8
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This program analyzes the great rebel leader Michael Collins and his commitment to a free Ireland, the truth and the facts behind the myth in the light of Neil Jordan's (at the time) ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Knox | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Neil Jordan, Tim Pat Coogan, Michael Collins

Votes: 10

5. Time Team (1994–2014)
Episode: Dungannon, Northern Ireland (2008)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary, History

8.1
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A former military compound is between reverting back to a council open space. From illustrations there was a castle here. But where? The adjacent communication mast does not help geophys, nor does military grade concrete covering.

Director: Michael Douglas | Stars: Tony Robinson, Mick Aston, Phil Harding, Stewart Ainsworth

Votes: 8

6. Time Team (1994–2014)
Episode: Dover Castle: A Time Team Special (2009)

Not Rated | Documentary, History

8.2
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Director: Brendan Hughes | Stars: Tony Robinson, Robert Bartlett, Steven Brindle, Anne Duggan

Votes: 9

7. The Normans (2010– )
Episode: Conquest (2010)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

7.8
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William the Conqueror's Westminster coronation accidentally turned into bloodshed, prophetic of the grim way Norman rule was imposed on the reluctant Anglo-Saxon subjects. Any resistance ... See full summary »

Director: Fatima Salaria | Star: Robert Bartlett

Votes: 19

8. Hell on Wheels (2011–2016)
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Western

8.0
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A former confederate soldier journeys to the transcontinental railroad to seek vengeance.

Director: David Von Ancken | Stars: Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Common, Dominique McElligott

Votes: 1,082

9. Tony Robinson's Gods & Monsters (2011–2012)
Episode: Evil Spirits (2011)

TV-14 | 47 min | History

7.8
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Tony Robinson explores our ancestors' beliefs in a world full of demons that could enter your body and take control of it, and of invisible spirits that would steal humans.

Director: Matthew Wortman | Stars: Tony Robinson, Juliette Wood, Marion Gibson, Thomas Freeman

Votes: 5

10. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Bray to Dublin (2012)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Currie | Star: Michael Portillo

11. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Enfield to Drogheda (2012)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Currie | Stars: Michael Portillo, Dean O'Neill

12. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Ballymoney to Londonderry (2012)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Currie | Star: Michael Portillo

13. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Belfast to Whitehead (2012)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Currie | Star: Michael Portillo

14. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Dundalk to Portadown (2012)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Currie | Star: Michael Portillo

15. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Killarney to Cobh (2013)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Richardson | Star: Michael Portillo

16. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Charleville to Waterford (2013)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Richardson | Star: Michael Portillo

17. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Newbridge to Roscrea (2013)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Richardson | Star: Michael Portillo

18. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Kilkenny to Athy (2013)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Richardson | Star: Michael Portillo

19. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Athlone to Galway (2013)

Documentary

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Director: Tom Richardson | Star: Michael Portillo

20. Time Team (1994–2014)
Episode: Dundrum, County Down (2013)

Not Rated | 47 min | Documentary, History

8.3
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Tony and the team look for the remains of a renegade knight's Norman castle in one of Northern Ireland's most picturesque spots.

Director: Siân Price | Stars: Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, Stewart Ainsworth, Francis Pryor

Votes: 13

21. Great Canal Journeys (2014– )
Episode: Shannon Erne Waterway (2015)

47 min | Documentary

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Timothy West and Prunella Scales head to Ireland and the Shannon Erne Waterway, where they try some folk singing, Irish dancing, and visit the ruins of Crom Castle.

Director: Mike Taylor | Stars: Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Frank McCabe, Jack Lynch

22. Secrets of Great British Castles (2015– )
Episode: Carrickfergus Castle (2015)

TV-PG | Documentary, History

7.5
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Dan Jones explores the history of Carrickfergus Castle in Co Antrim, one of the most ancient castles in Northern Ireland and a stronghold key to understanding the tempestuous relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Sweeney | Stars: Dan Jones, Madeleine McAllister, Gillian Kenny, Conor Marren

Votes: 44

23. Tales of Irish Castles (2014)
Episode: The Normans Are Coming (2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

7.0
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In the 12th century, the political situation made Ireland ripe for Norman conquest and the beginning of castle-building in Dublin and beyond.

Director: Sarah Share | Stars: Simon Delaney, Alan Hayden, Ned Kelly, Pat Liddy

Votes: 7

24. Tales of Irish Castles (2014)
Episode: Don't Mess with a Knight (2014)

TV-PG | 41 min | Documentary

6.5
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As Norman influence spread in Ireland in the 13th and 14th centuries, powerful knights sparked a castle-building boom in Kilkenny and beyond.

Director: Sarah Share | Stars: Simon Delaney, Gillian Kenny, Lar Joye, Ned Kelly

Votes: 6

25. Tales of Irish Castles (2014)
Episode: The Fightback (2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary

6.7
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As documented in Leap and elsewhere, castle design soon changed when the Irish fought back against the Anglo-Normans in the 15th and 16the centuries.

Director: Sarah Share | Stars: Simon Delaney, Lar Joye, Kieran O'Conor, Ned Kelly

Votes: 6

26. Tales of Irish Castles (2014)
Episode: A Century of Turmoil (2014)

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary

6.8
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In the 17th century, strategically important castles at Limerick, Birr and elsewhere played critical roles in a hundred years of bloody wars.

Director: Sarah Share | Stars: Simon Delaney, Ned Kelly, Pádraig Lenihan, Matthew Potter

Votes: 6

27. Tales of Irish Castles (2014)
Episode: A Taste for Gothic (2014)

TV-14 | 44 min | Documentary

6.8
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With the advent of the cannon in the 18th and 19th centuries, castles such as Tullynally morphed from military strongholds into lordly family homes.

Director: Sarah Share | Stars: Simon Delaney, George Cunningham, Terence Dooley, Melanie Phillips

Votes: 5

28. Tales of Irish Castles (2014)
Episode: End of Empire (2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Documentary

6.6
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As political and social unrest swept Ireland in the 20th century, debt-ridden castles fell into disrepair and into the hands of the nouveau riche.

Director: Sarah Share | Stars: Simon Delaney, Jane Ohlmeyer, Robert O'Byrne, Terence Dooley

Votes: 5

29. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Greystones to Dublin (2017)

29 min | Documentary

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Michael discovers one of Ireland's greatest treasures at Trinity College, Dublin. He learns how Victorian royalty were used to ease tensions between Britain and Ireland and how, and why, the nation was put on the map.

Director: Joseph Cunningham | Star: Michael Portillo

30. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Wexford to Wicklow (2017)

29 min | Documentary

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Michael Portillo begins a journey across Ireland. He takes to the seas in a 100-year-old lifeboat and discovers an American naval hero. He ends this leg riding in a horse-drawn, barrel-topped caravan.

Director: Joseph Cunningham | Star: Michael Portillo

31. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Navan to Mullingar (2017)

29 min | Documentary

8.4
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Michael learns about modern archaeology in County Meath and uncovers a controversial Victorian dig at the sacred Hill of Tara. He investigates leaping salmon and discovers an electrifying breakthrough.

Director: Joseph Cunningham | Star: Michael Portillo

Votes: 5

32. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Dromod to Sligo (2017)

29 min | Documentary

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Michael learns how the Irish landscape inspired W.B. Yeats. In Dromod, he makes an Irish staple - a potato pancake, known as boxty. At the home of the father of Irish fiddling, Michael attempts to master a traditional Irish dance.

Director: Joseph Cunningham | Star: Michael Portillo

33. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Ballina to Westport (2017)

29 min | Documentary

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On the last leg of his long journey from Wexford to Westport, Michael takes a seaweed bath, learns of a double tragedy at Clew Bay and begins a pilgrimage to the summit of Ireland's holy mountain, Croagh Patrick.

Director: Joseph Cunningham | Star: Michael Portillo

34. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )
Episode: Emma Willis (2017)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Presenter Emma Willis grew up in Birmingham and loves the city and her fellow Brummies. She wants to find out how deep her roots are there.

Director: Rosie Schellenberg | Stars: Emma Willis, Phil Davis, Carl Chinn

Votes: 27

35. Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby (2017– )
Episode: Ashford Castle, Ireland (2018)

60 min | Documentary

7.5
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Giles and Monica hop over to the Republic of Ireland to learn about the troubled history of this 800-year-old castle turned luxury hotel, its ties with the local community and activities laid on for guests.

Director: Sam Roubicek | Stars: Giles Coren, Monica Galetti

Votes: 16

36. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )
Episode: Boy George (2018)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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Singer Boy George traces his Irish roots.

Director: David Vincent | Stars: Boy George, Phil Davis

Votes: 36

37. Great British Railway Journeys (2010– )
Episode: Newry to Portadown (2019)

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Director: George Boyle | Star: Michael Portillo


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