- The Chronicles of Erne starts Monday 24 February on BBC One Northern Ireland at 7.30pm
Filmed over a year, The Chronicles of Erne is a new 4 part series made by Waddell Media for BBC Northern Ireland. It charts the passing of the seasons through the eyes of the people who live and work on Lough Erne in county Fermanagh, capturing the stunning scenery and tranquillity of its waterways.
David Cumming, Executive Producer, Waddell Media said: “Lough Erne has been a centre for human activity for thousands of years and now attracts around 350,000 visitors annually. With more than 150 islands and 500 square kilometres of water the Erne provides a sanctuary to the people who live around its shores and to some of Europe’s most endangered wildlife species.
“Over the next four weeks, viewers will be treated to spectacular aerial shots of the waterways and the myriad of islands and time-lapse filming getting up-close to the wildlife often hidden from view. The Chronicles of Erne follows our critically acclaimed series on the Mournes as once again we follow the people who have a special relationship with the Erne and tell their stories as they take us to the hidden gems on the lakes, the nooks and crannies where the big boats can’t get to, revealing treasures and untold tales.
“We use a variety of techniques including drones and time-lapse photography to bring familiar landscapes and secret corners of the Erne to life in a spectacular fashion. The landscape and weather is as much a part of the programme as the people we follow and their relationship with their natural surroundings is the overall theme of the series. The series is about the Erne but it’s also about the human condition and our place in the world, it offers an escape from the never ending churn of global politics and a glimpse into a lifestyle where saving, preserving and taking time to enjoy the environment takes centre stage. “
Armagh actor Colin Morgan, star of The Fall, Humans and Merlin, narrates the four episodes and takes viewers on a journey through a different season each week, starting with Spring.
Veronica Cunningham, Series Producer, Waddell Media says: “Today’s tribe of river people highlight the sanctuary and spirituality of the Lakes as the series reflects on how simply being on the Erne, taking time to take in its beauty can provide solace and have a beneficial impact on mental health. A focus on small details brings the viewer into an appreciation of living for the moment and celebrating the wonders of the world around them.
“We meet some amazing people in this series. There’s retired school teacher Pat Lunny who is found on the lough most days enjoying the tranquillity of nature; Amy Burns of RSPB NI for whom the Erne is her office; two retired engineers, Robert and Mike, search the lough’s depths for unexplained objects on the seabed and young nature writer, Dara, explains how the area has such a positive effect on him and his health while Dublin-born painter Lorna Smyth is about to begin a year-long project capturing a year on Lough Erne. For others the Erne has brought them together – a local community group, Row The Erne, built a traditional Currach – a ‘floating community centre’ as it has been described. It’s wonderful to tell their stories and show the beauty of the Erne in this new series.”
Richard Weller, Series Director, Waddell Media says: “What we have tried to do with the series is give people the space to relax and absorb the beauty of the Erne. In this hectic world, it’s important for our mental health to sometimes take time to appreciate what’s around us. The people we follow in the series do this and we really hope their passion inspires the viewer to do the same.”
The series was written, filmed and directed by Richard Weller for Waddell Media with Series Producer Veronica Cunningham, Executive Producers David Cumming and Mike Connolly, Director Sarah Breen, Editors Paul McFarlane and Brendan McCarthy.