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This Easter marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the rebellion that eventually led to Irish Independence, and possibly hastened the end of the British Empire.  During Easter week that year rebels took over the centre of Dublin and against overwhelming odds held out for six days until they were brutally suppressed.


This major historical event features on a number of GSCE and A level syllabuses, and over the coming week there are a number of programmes which would provide great resource material for this subject.

From the BBC:

“Marking 100 years since the Easter Rising the BBC is broadcasting a range of programming on TV, radio and online this spring, looking back at the events of 1916 that saw the attempted rebellion against British rule in the midst of World War One”


Brendan O’Carroll: My Family At War  BBC2  now available on iplayer

In this deeply personal film, writer and comedian Brendan O’Carroll (Mrs Brown’s Boys) tells the story of the Irish Easter Rising, Three of those rebels were Brendan O’Carroll’s uncles.


1916 The Irish Rebellion  BBC4, 28th March 10pm

Liam Neeson narrates a documenatary using archive footage and contributions from academics to examine the events and evaluate their significance in world history.


Easter 1916: “The Enemy Files” BBC2, 1 April 7pm

This documentary, presented by Michael Portillo, explores the rebellion from the Brtish point of view at the time using cabinet papers, private correspondence and military reports.


There is also a great selection of material from Radio including:


1916: A Letter From Ireland   Radio 4, 27 March 1.30pm

In Ireland, a huge project is underway to try and understand what was happening to the country at the time. Letters from private collections have been sourced from all corners of the island of Ireland, shedding fresh light on the Ireland of 100 years ago. In this programme, Fintan O’Toole looks at some of those letters which reveal a country beyond the politics, divisions and rebellions of the Easter Rising.


The Women Who Staged the Rising  BBC Radio Ulster, 28 March 6pm

Marie-Louise Muir examines the role of theatre in politicising the largely forgotten Irish women who fought in the 1916 Easter Rising  (available later on radio player)


The Easter Rising 1916  BBC World Service,  27 March 5am

Heather Jones reassesses the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland: six days of armed struggle that changed Irish and British history.


BBC World Service: Click  Originally broadcast on 9 March 2016 now available at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03l3kl1

“ Anglo-Irish history is being taken on by the powers of virtual reality spatial storytelling. At its heart is a remarkable eye-witness account from the centre of the Easter Rising, as those on both sides of the Irish Sea mark the rebellion’s 100th anniversary. Click talks to the VR producer, Catherine Allen on the eve of the launch of Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel.”


For further information have a look at the BBC press release on Easter Rising Broadcasts