It was particularly great to see the filming done in my home town of Carrickfergus, but also to see all the locations filmed in Geneva to tell Calvin's story. I weirdly filmed at every single one of those same locations for a similar series I made on the history of the Scottish Kirk for BBC Scotland almost a decade ago ("The Sword and the Cross"), with most sequences saying virtually the same thing.
It's a very highly recommended watch on the iPlayer, but unfortunately accessible only if you live in the UK (I genuinely don't know if the iPlayer is accessible in the Republic of Ireland, or if this series will be shown there). The episode can be watched online for the next 17 days at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qt8s3/An_Independent_People_Taking_Root/
A seriously big well done to BBC Northern Ireland. For years I have struggled with the identity question about whether I am Irish or Scottish, and have happily now settled with the conclusion that I am a mixture of both, with neither half of my origins laying superiority to the other. It's good to see programming that equally now has the confidence to explore the same background.
Looking forward now to the United Irishmen next week (something I was never taught about at school, I should add). How things might have been different today if we'd pulled THAT one off...!
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