IFTA-winning documentary series ‘Waterways – The Royal Canal’ is to be made available on DVD on RTE's online shop from Friday the 5th October 2012. Stephen Rooke (Saving the Titanic) directed the series which picked up Best Documentary Series and Best Cinematography in Television for Peter Robertson at the 2012 IFTA Awards. Rachel Towell was the production manager for the series.
The series, which returned to RTÉ screens last year after a 16-year absence, follows naturalist, writer and broadcaster Dick Warner as he travels through the Royal Canal from Dublin to Longford to celebrate its reopening after more than half a century of dereliction.
Warner, who fronted the original series in the 90s, journeys in an original 70ft Royal Canal tug barge called Rambler, and meets both experts and ordinary people who live along the canal banks, learning about the canal’s heritage, history and wildlife.
He uncovers how the canal was constructed in the late 18th century as part of a major commercial venture, and visits an Iron Age site where he hears tales of whiskey production and consumption, famine emigration and the story of the Ribbonmen, a 19th century rural secret society.
"In the early 1990's, Dick Warner, naturalist and broadcaster, journeyed through the canals of Ireland in a canal boat. His adventures were captured in four series entitled "Waterways" for RTE. In this exciting new series of Waterways, Dick Warner returns ..."