Mind the Gap Films are
currently shooting a new BAI funded entertainment series for RTÉ1 which sees 3
celebrity chefs recreate historical banquets in 6 of the ‘big houses’ around
the country. We are also working on a new 4 part series for TV3 with a working
title of “T.D. in my House”. The programme gives households surviving on social
welfare the opportunity to host their local T.D. so that each can walk a mile
in the other’s shoes.
We have produced 3
comedy-history documentaries with hugely popular comedian Neil Delamere. In
2011 our 2 part IFTA award winning series “The Only Viking in the Village” saw
Neil go in search of our Viking ancestors. In 2013 he returned to tackle the
fact and fiction surrounding our patron saint in “There’s Something About
Patrick”, which went on to win a Celtic Media award. We have just completed
post-production on a four-part BAI funded comedic exploration of four Irish
heroes of yore – Cúchulain, Fionn MacCumhaill, Red Hugh O’Donnell and Grace
O’Malley. “Holding Out For A Hero” airs on RTÉ2 in December 2014.
In 2014 Mind the Gap Films
completed 2 new RTÉ1 documentaries. In the “The Bee” children from all over
Ireland competed in the Eason Nationwide Spelling Bee competition. The result is an inspirational film that
captures the next generation of young Irish people and their determination to
make their schools and families proud. Six-part lifestyle series “Domestic
Divas” saw presenters Aisli Madden & Cat Lawlor help Celtic Tiger cubs with
their domestic dilemmas. From the social butterfly who has no time to cook or
clean his flat, to the single mother who needs help to make her son’s 1st
birthday extra special, the Domestic Divas offer simple tips and tricks to
transform even the most domestically challenged.
“Glaoch an Cheoil” is an 8 part
series that aired on TG4 in Winter 2013. This long form observational
documentary paired unused musical instruments with people who had always wanted
to learn how to play. We followed the journeys of these new musicians which
culminated in a special concert for the President in Áras an Uachtaráin.
In 2012 Mind the Gap Films produced
gripping historical documentary “Glaoch ón Tríú Reich” for TG4. The film saw
German linguist and fluent Irish speaker Dr. Arndt Wigger explore the Irish
language radio broadcasts made from Berlin to Ireland during World War Two. He
specifically wanted to investigate the role played by his former mentor Hans
Hartmann who was head of this radio service to Ireland. This lead Arndt on a
revealing and sometimes painful journey through Conamara, Donegal and Berlin to
try to at last determine whether or not Hartmann was a Nazi.
In 2012 we produced 9 part
young people’s series “Pump Up My Dance” for RTÉ. The series gave young dancers
the chance to have a masterclass with renowned choreographers in nine different
dance styles – Hip Hop, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary,
Breakdance, Irish, Tap and Latin.
July 2011 saw our observational
documentary Comically Challenged air on BBC NI. It dealt with the the
relationship between comedy and disability and featured the internationally
renowned comedians Adam Hills and Tanya Lee Davis. The show was a mix of Obs doc and
Kids archaeology adventure game
show Ireland Dig It! launched the young people’s schedule on RTÉ in September
2010 and was heavily repeated. The show
was filmed on location using multi-camera OB in the Craggaunowen Heritage Park
and in museums across Ireland.
Our show Hallelujah Broadway
pays homage to the music of Broadway for PBS and RTE. The show was filmed in Prague in Feb 2010 in front of a live
audience, in a baroque church in the centre of the Old Town of Prague. The team of 80 included professionals from
the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. We brought in the acclaimed UK director Tony
Gregory and top DOP from the UK, Paul Jarvis.
The show aired to great acclaim on 60% of the PBS stations across the
USA. The RTÉ version of the show was
broadcast on Easter Sunday 2010.
Our light entertainment show
Celebrity Jigs and Reels had two series filmed in Ardmore studios and two New
Year’s Specials. The shows were
broadcast live on RTE with ratings of 33% to 38%. The final New Year’s programme was filmed in
RTE in front of a live audience and rang in the New Year 2008 with a 44%
In January 2010 we completed a
series for TV3 called Modern Ireland as well as a long form obs-doc for RTÉ
called “Music Changes Lives”.Music Changes Lives won a Radharc Award in 2010
and later that year won the European Journalist of the Year award for Ireland.
Our acclaimed documentary "John O'Conor's Beethoven Bootcamp" on
world renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor’s masterclass was shown at the Dublin
Documentary Film Festival and on RTE in February 2009. Our observational documentary An Bhfuil Cead
Agam, following 10 adults at a summer Gaeltacht course trying to revive their
school Irish, was broadcast for Seachtain na Gaeilge on RTE1 in March
Our RTE Entertainment documentary "Christie Hennessy
Messenger Boy" (RTE/Universal Music) scored a phenomenal 34% share
first time out and 32% on the repeat.
Our format It’s My Show for
the 9 to 13 year age-group was a ratings winner for RTE in 2007 and 2008. Two series of the show were filmed in the RTE
In 2009 we produced An Bhfuil Cead Agam for Seachtain na Gaeilge on RTÉ. The series saw adults spend a week
in the Gaeltacht, living under the same strict rules as the teenagers, to try
to improve their Irish.
In 2006 we filmed the series
Irish Tenors and Friends in Ardmore
studios in front of a live audience. Andrew Lloyd Webber was one of many
international guests who came to Dublin
for the series. The show was pre-recorded
and broadcast in the summer of 2006.
In 2005, Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde a 90 minute special filmed in association with Art for Amnesty for RTE,
PBS, BBC and SBS won a nomination for the Golden Rose of Lucerne.
Mind the Gap Films have
produced 18 series of “Hands On” the magazine programme for the Deaf community
in Ireland. Over the years the programme has dealt with issues surrounding
cochlear implants, access to work and the history of Deaf schools in Ireland as
well as the activities of Deaf sports clubs, cooking items, talent shows and