RTÉ’s 1916 Insurrection re-aired 50 years later

RTÉ’s 1916 Insurrection re-aired 50 years later

RTÉ’s landmark 1916 drama Insurrection is set to be broadcast for the first time since its original airing in 1966.

The eight-part drama, which starred Anna Manahan, Jim Norton, Ronnie Walsh and Kathleen Watkins will be shown on consecutive nights beginning on RTÉ One from Friday, March 18.

Originally produced and broadcast as part of the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion, Insurrection was shot and conceived in the style of a special TV News report depicting the events of the Rising as they unfolded day by day.

The series was shown on eight consecutive nights on Telefís Éireann in April 1966 and was written by playwright and author Hugh Leonard and featured the late Ray McAnally in the role of the studio presenter.

RTÉ’s 1916 Insurrection re-aired 50 years later

The channel said that the ‘drama was a hugely ambitious project and was the biggest drama ever undertaken by Telefís Éireann at a time when the television station was still in its infancy’ having launched only four years previously.

Brid Dooley, Head of RTÉ Archives said, “We are delighted to bring this beautifully restored programme to audiences 50 years after it was first created. Our restoration project for Insurrection which was completed in 2007 involved painstaking picture and audio restoration work by RTÉ’s expert archives conservation staff and Windmill Lane post production studios.”

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