Skibb actor goes back to the day he was born

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Posted on: 3rd November, 2014

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Contributor: West Cork People

Skibbereen native and actor Don Wycherley will feature in ‘An lá a Rugadh mé’ on TG4 on Tuesday, November 4 at 8pm. Produced by Clonakilty native Mary Kingston Graham of Adare Productions, ‘An lá a Rugadh mé’ is a ten-part series of entertaining half-hour programmes, combining nostalgia, national and International news and popular culture.

Each episode is a subjective social documentary, which chronicles a guest presenter, as they sift through the Irish newspapers, radio and television archive from the day they were born.

Born in 1967, by following the lead of a small article in the paper, Don Wycherley uncovers a beautiful archive of photos from the time, as he follows a story of ‘Jim Pringle’ the photographer. How did a beautiful couple end up cutting their wedding cake with an orangutan? Watch the episode to find out.

“My father is a historian so I inherited a love of history from him,” says Mary Kingston. “I’m also a big fan of ‘Reeling in the Years’, so taking some favourite Irish people on a journey to the past made a great programme.”

Each episode begins with a visit to the national library to meet Harry McGee of the Irish Times. He meets each celebrity presenter in the spectacular reading room and has prepared the newspapers for them to browse through. Harry guides the featured celeb through the events on their birth date and asks them to choose three stories to follow up on. It will be up to the guest presenter to decide which three stories they like best. It might be those that made headlines on that day, or the smaller news stories that catches their attention. The stories can be a complete mix of heavy news items that have resonance today or lighter items that speak more about the culture, fashion or trends of the day.

Having picked three stories, the presenter embarks on an investigative road trip to meet the people or their direct descendants directly involved in the three chosen stories. Interspersed throughout the programme are archive packages reminding the viewer of the big news events of that year.

At the culmination of the journey, the presenter returns to Harry and reveals what they have discovered and what they feel the three stories say about the time in Irish history. They will chat about the implications, ramifications and impact each of the stories has had on modern day Ireland.

Cork singer John Spillane featured this week and a repeat will show on Sunday, November 2 at 7.30pm.

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