IrelandBroadcasters across Europe the United States and Australasia have picked up RTÉ1’s documentary about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
Produced by Coco Television, 1916 has now been acquired by the BBC for BBC Four, SBS Australia, TF1 Histoire France, TVE Spain and DR Denmark.

The three-part series, written and produced by historian Briona Nic Dhiarmada and narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Neeson, has also been licensed by 120 PBS stations in the US, as well as Irish airline Aer Lingus.

The series examines the Dublin rebellion that led to the establishment of an independent Irish state and, indirectly, the breakup of the British Empire.
It also sets rising in the context of the anti-colonial movement that followed the First World War, and explores the role played by the US and the Irish-American community.

Edel Edwards, head of RTÉ international programme sales, said: “The demand for 1916, not just from the US and the UK but from around the world, underlines the global significance of the Easter Rising and its enduring legacy.

“As its centenary approaches, it’s a timely moment to look back on the turbulent events that changed not only the relationship between Britain, Ireland and the US, but the world’s relationship with colonial rule.”
1916 was created by Nic Dhairmada for the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

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