“…anywhere but in Northern ireland…”

In the Sunday Times, the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission (NIFTC) has attacked the BBC Northern Ireland Drama Department for its long-running and continuing refusal to produce its dramas in Northern Ireland.

This practice jars with the approach other regional BBC drama departments follow. The growth in film productions use of Northern Ireland dents any claims of a lack of local capacity to handle major productions.

  • willis

    Well if you want context

  • David Michael

    They can’t get the staff, you know. All gone to England 🙂

  • dodrade

    I often wondered about this myself. Wasn’t Glasgow Kiss made by BBC Northern Ireland? I thought it was some kind of BBC accounting trick.

    I can understand the difficulty, people are sick of troubles dramas and irish whimsy, yet how do you connect to the rest of the country. How about a richard curtis style romantic comedy set in Belfast?

  • David Michael

    I don’t believe it’s the material that’s the problem, dodrade. My understanding is that the latest batch of Murphy’s Law is shot entirely in Dublin with an all-singing, all-riverdancing Irish crew.

    Like I say, it might be the lack of technicians. All the good peeps seem to have followed the money.

  • missfitz

    Well, I know my son is hoping to get into acting as a career and he wouldnt even dream of applying to Queens. He is in the latter stages of his RADA auditions and there is no question of looking for advancement here. He is fully accepting that if he wants steady work, he will be moving to London for the long haul.

  • David Michael

    Missy, if he wants steady work in acting he’ll have to ensure he’s invited to the right parties and joins the right crowd.

    Why do you think the same faces keep appearing on TV while thousands of excellent actors are forever resting?

  • missfitz

    Aye David, we’ve had good and kind advice from one of Northern Irelands successful exports. In fact, this man told us that the people at his wedding were the same ones that were at his formal, so many years before, plus all of the people he met on the way.

    Son did well at RADA so far, they seemed quite nice and encouraging, so we shall just wait and see

  • David Michael

    I wish him luck. I know I sound cynical about such things, but if he’s really good then peeps will notice him. Oh, and a Johnny Depp jawline is also a good investment.

  • missfitz

    Its really funny you should say that, Johnny Depp is the one person people keep referring to about him.

    I want a Vera Wang gown for the Oscars

  • Belfast Gonzo


    There’s one going for a song here, though I think the song is ‘Money, money, money…’

    You’ll have to be quick – by 5pm to be precise!


  • missfitz

    Thank you kindly, I was tempted.

    Twas not the money that stopped me,

    Nor the fact the child is not in RADA yet

    The dress is size 6.

    Missfitz is what could kindly be called traditionally built, and has not been a size 6 this past 40 years

  • David Michael

    Missy, so your son got himself a JD jaw! How much did it set him back? I was offered one in Mexico for £4,500 🙂

  • missfitz

    Much like his mothers voluptuous figure, his jaw is natural.

  • David Michael

    Of course it is. Just winding you up.

    That said, no doubt the latest move by young actors has not escaped your notice. They don’t wait until everything is crestfallen before getting surgery. They have it all done and THEN start auditioning.

    I know it’s a natural progression from having one’s teeth capped etc, but don’t you also find there’s a eerie sameness about young actors, esp Americans? Maybe the pool of surgeons is too small, I dunno.

  • Cap’n Morgan

    Steady work and acting rarely go together as 90%+ are “resting” (read unemployed) at any given time.

  • willis

    Well you can’t say that the beeb is stifling debate on this one.

    Tuesday’s Arts Extra (7 day limited replay) hosted a discussion (approx 12 mins in)
    between Richard Williams, Chief Exec of NIFTC and
    Patrick Spence BBCNI Head of Drama and NIFTC board member.
    The silences are possibly more eloquent than the words, but Richard Williams does not miss and hit the wall.