Ireland with Simon Reeve

Ireland with Simon Reeve explores the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a new two-part series for BBC Two.

  • Duration 30 mins
  • Updated Monday 26th October 2015
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under TV
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The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland form one of the most beautiful islands in the world: a place steeped in history, culture and belief, but one with a complex and troubled past.

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The first episode of Ireland with Simon Reeve airs on BBC TWO on Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 8pm. Full broadcast details and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk.

Miss our live Twitter Q&A with Simon Reeve? You can now read the highlights on Storify as he answered your questions about the programme and his experiences in Ireland.

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Episode 2

Simon at Giant's Causeway Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC In episode two, Simon’s journey begins at the spectacular Giant’s Causeway - a place of myth and legend – before travelling to nearby Rathlin Island where a small island community are experimenting with an enterprising form of underwater food production: Kelp Farming.  

Simon encounters tourists from all over the world at The Dark Hedges in Co. Antrim - one of the many locations in Northern Ireland that feature in the hit TV drama Game Of Thrones.

Arriving in Belfast for the Twelfth of July weekend he finds out why the traditional celebrations – with huge bonfires and marching bands - mean so much to some while being so unwelcome to others.

Driving out of Belfast, Simon crosses the border into the Republic of Ireland and follows the one of Ireland’s great coastal routes. In Drogheda he discovers evidence that Oliver Cromwell may NOT have been responsible for the atrocities he has been accused of for centuries. He arrives in Dublin for the commemorations of the Easter 1916 uprising that lead to Irish independence – and gains an insight from a descendant of one of the rebels.

Simon also attends the Gaze film festival celebrating the referendum that saw Ireland vote overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage.

He rounds off his travels by getting up close with the monkeys at a remarkable sanctuary for rescued animals - many of which have survived years of laboratory testing - in the Wicklow mountains. 

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Episode 1 Ireland with Simon Reeve explores the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a new two-part series for BBC Two. Read more
Episode 2 Ireland with Simon Reeve explores the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in a new two-part series for BBC Two. Read more