LONDONDERRY broadcaster Joe Mahon says a brand new TV show entitled Lesser Spotted Culture will focus on “the indigenous culture of Derry~Londonderry” during UK City of Culture 2013.
Mr Mahon will present the first of twelve monthly programmes on Tuesday, January 22.
Michael Wilson, UTV’s Managing Director of Television said: “This new, year-long series, Lesser Spotted Culture represents an investment of more than £1 million by UTV, in terms of programming and resources.”
In the first one-hour programme, presenter Joe Mahon takes viewers on an autobiographical tour of a part of the walled city that means a lot to him personally.
He also samples some of the musical talent nurtured by the city’s choirs, learns about the Music Promise and meets in person some of the characters who played a role in the different phases of the city’s history.
UTV has commissioned local company Westway Films to produce this new series, highlighting the wide-ranging programme of artistic activities taking place in the city and
Mr Mahon said: “As someone who was, ‘born, bred and buttered’ here, I’ll be as anxious as any native that things go well and that the year is a great success.
“But I’ll also be keen to ensure that part of the lasting legacy 2013 leaves behind is a greater knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the history and native culture that’s been here all the while.
“As the name suggests, we’ll be retaining quite a lot of the tone, the approach and the format of Lesser Spotted Ulster. While I will of course be very keen to attend some of the great events and activities that the Culture Company has planned – including the Turner Prize, Field Day Theatre productions, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil and other major highlights, I’m equally interested in what I would describe as, ‘the indigenous culture of Derry~Londonderry’.”
Lesser Spotted Culture: Tuesday 22 January at 8pm on UTV.