Joe Mahon makes a welcome return to UTV

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Joe Mahon returns to UTV screens this summer with three new Northern Ireland-based series which are sure to delight his loyal fans.

Starting on July 23, to mark the 200th anniversary of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ulster Giants celebrates Northern Ireland’s rich civil engineering heritage, with Joe travelling all over Northern Ireland looking at the inspiring stories behind our examples of civil engineering, both outstanding individuals and the gigantic structures they created.

Shown over eight episodes, viewers will see Joe visit feats of engineering in beautiful locations, and interview experts who’ll talk about their design and construction.

Following these eight episodes will be Lough Neagh, again another eight part series, which see Joe take to the largest freshwater lake in the UK and Ireland travelling around its many bays and inlets, visiting its islands and tributaries and calling in to some of the towns and villages that hug its shoreline, all the while highlighting the multiplicity of diverse features that combine to make this lough a truly unique and beautiful natural asset – its wildlife habitats, its history and archaeology and, above all, the rich cultural heritage of the people who continue to work on the lough and live on its shores, encapsulating the passion and affinity these people have with their environment.

Also starting August 28 is a four-part series called City of Song, which takes a behind the scenes look at last year’s City of Derry International Choral Festival.

Filmed over three months, it features artistic director Donal Doherty and his team of hard working volunteers who put together the hugely ambitious programme of musical competitions, performances and gala concerts that made this fledgling choral festival a resounding success.

Choirs from Norway, Estonia, Poland and Denmark, to name a few, took part in the competition covering a range of musical styles. The four programmes come together to showcase the rich musical heritage of the city.

Joe said of the new series: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed pulling these three very different series together for UTV. Making these programmes was a hugely enjoyable learning experience and the beauty about learning something new is the idea that you can then share it with the viewers.”

Terry Brennan, Head of News and Programmes, added: “In the 20 plus years that Joe has been bringing programmes to our homes, he has enthralled and delighted the viewers with his unique style, outstanding locations, amazing characters, and delightful stories, and with these three new series that trend will continue.

“We are absolutely thrilled at UTV that Joe has uncovered yet more amazing stories about Northern Ireland’s heritage.”

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