We are currently producing a documentary for Channel 4 - keep an eye on the Website for more information. 

Big Mountain Productions' Latest Shows

Opry an Iúir S.2


Big Mountain Productions are delighted to announce, in conjunction with TG4, BBC NI and An Ciste Craoltóireachta Gaeilge the second season of Opry an Iúir.

Daniel, Lynette and Marc

Following on from the phenomenal success of the first season in Newry's Town Hall the second season of Opry an Iúir is returned this year bigger and better than before.

 Our season one hosts, Marc Roberts and Lynette Faye, were joined by the King of Country music - Daniel O'Donnell. Daniel has, of course, himself recently celebrated a fantastic 30 years in the music industry with a special show in Derry's Millennium Forum.

This series sees our hosts meet and greet some of the biggest stars in country music here in Ireland and abroad.   

All our country acts had a great time, as did the hosts and crew and they would all like to extend their thanks, along with us here at Big Mountain Productions to the fantastic audiences we had each night.

Recorded from the 12th-14th of June it is due to air later in the summer. 
 Keep checking in here with us and we'll let you know when you can catch this fantastic new series on TV.


The Big House

The Big House is Big Mountain's hit TV3 series. It is currently on TV3 with the last episode airing next Monday. But don't despair if you have missed the series to date you can catch up on TV3's 3Player

Shot in the fabulous Strokestown Park House the series explores the history of The Big House through the lives of those who worked there. 

The Big House in Ireland was an important institution, it was the factory of the day offering employment to those who lived and worked there, for many this was an important part of their lives that allowed them to get a glimpse of a world occupied by a different class.  

Bryan Murray tells the story of the workers in Strokestown Park House and other big houses the length and breadth of Ireland, showing how the institution grew and evolved and eventually collapsed. With famine, in-fighting, food and fun a dull workplace the big houses were not. 

 This is the real Upstairs Downstairs! 

The Genealogy Roadshow Season 2

The Genealogy Roadshow Season 2

The Genealogy Roadshow

We finished the last of our roadshows  and all here with the team at Big Mountain Productions want to thank everyone who turned up to the roadshow and we hope that you all had a fantastic time with us.

 Keep an eye on this space and we will keep you updated on when the series is due to air, also like us on Twitter and Facebook to receive updates on this show and our many other great programmes.


The Genealogy Roadshow's Derek Mooney

The Genealogy Roadshow's Derek Mooney

If you were at any of the roadshows in Derry, Cork or Powers' Court we want to know what you thought of the day out. We pride ourselves on making great TV and this wouldn't be possible without a great audience. So write in to us on genealogy@bigmountainproductions.com and let us know what you thought of the day. 

Thanks to all the audience for making this year's Genealogy Roadshow one not to be forgotten and a very big thank you to all our contributors who will make this series truly unmissable!


Click HERE to visit the Genealogy Roadshow USA page. 






On the 27th, 28th, and 29th December,1881, 13 families were evicted from their homes in the village of Carrowmenagh, Co. Donegal.    Not able to pay the rent, mothers, fathers, children and grandparents were all flung out from their simple cottages or long houses onto the road by agents of the landlord.    Some found refuge with relatives locally, others left for America. Evictions like these were common in Ireland from Famine times right up to Independence and even today eviction, losing your home, is still highly emotive and a most traumatic event in anyone’s life.

The Challenge of 1881 or DÚSHLÁN 1881 – is to bring this history to life.  Two families live for 3 days and 3 nights as their ancestors would have lived in the late 19th century. We tell the story of eviction through their experiences.

For this series – we have traced descendants of the original evictees and one family – the McLaughlin’s return from America to take up this unique challenge to live in the footsteps of their own ancestors. For some of them, it’s their first ever visit to Ireland. For all of them it is an emotional reconnection with their family’s past. 

The other family, Muintir John Ghráinne have a shorter journey, travelling only from Rann na Feirste, but nevertheless, they typify the hardy families who were forced onto poorer land, an internal migration which so often has been forgotten.   Those made landless and displaced within the country often had to find alternative ways of earning what was a subsistence living.  Muintir Uí Ghráinne want to explore their own family history and honour the resilience and ingenuity of their forbearers.   

Presented by popular Donegal broadcaster, Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí, and filmed at The Ulster American Folk Park, Dúshlán 1881: Living The Eviction is scheduled to broadcast on RTÉ One as a landmark series of Seachtain Na Gaeilge and is part funded by the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.

Experts from a range of disciplines from across Ireland specialising in 19th Century history, provide the context of the evictions, trace the history of the families and how they would have lived at the time.    They provide the historical narrative to the lived experiences of our 21st Century families living the lives of their 19th Century great, great, great grandparents. This unique primetime Irish language series will tell the amazing story of one village and its inhabitants whose descendants return for the most challenging and rewarding experience of their lives.


Filmed and Directed by IFTA award winner, Cathal Watters. Produced by Bernadette Morris.

Executive Producers, Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern.  Funded by RTÉ and ILBF.