The Production Team
Presenter - Manchán Magan - www.manchan.com
For eight years Manchán and his brother Ruán travelled the world making a series of documentaries exploring remote cultures for TG4. Manchán believes humankind is all about stories. A seasoned globetrotter, writer and broadcaster, his books include: Truck Fever – A Journey Through Africa, Angels and Rabies – A Journey Through the Americas and Baba-ji agus TnaG. His play Broken Croí/Heart Briste won the Parker Trust Irish language drama award 2010, and his first novel Oddballs: a novel of affections is due Sept 2010. He writes the Magan’s World column for the Irish Times. In “Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa” Manchán is setting out to find the most gripping, most stirring, most heroic and frightening stories hidden within our walls. He’ll use architecture, genealogy, archaeology, and, of course, the most rudimentary method – word of mouth, to bring these fascinating house histories to our screens.
Manchán says of “Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa”:
“For me, the thrill was knowing that each time I knocked on the door of a house, I was setting in train a mystery, embarking on a journey to bring the forgotten shadows into the light, to give the walls and windows their time to speak. Every old house wants to tell its story, but it just doesn’t have the words. You need to help it speak. It wants you to, and if you take on the challenge, you feel as though it’s following you every step of the way, helping you at times, directing you towards sources of information that you never would have guessed; but hindering you at times too. Houses have their secrets, and the thrill is getting beyond these to uncover a new perspective on an old world.”
Director – Ruán Magan www.ruanmagan.com
For twenty years Ruán Magan has travelled the world making films. Eight of which were spent with his brother Manchán making the hugely successful “Manchán Ar Seachrán” series for TG4. His journeys have taken him across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and, of course, deep into the heart of Ireland, where he lives. In that time Ruán has worked on a broad range of projects including Hollywood feature films (“The Devil’s Own”, “Michael Collins”, “Far & Away”), produced high end television commercials (Harp, Guinness, Nissan), directed major international documentaries for Tile Films “The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut”, “Death or Canada” and “Rooke’s of Vicar’s Hill” and has produced more than sixty low-budget, seat-of-the-pants documentaries which he filmed and directed in some of the remotest and most adverse corners of the planet. This diversity of experience and passion for life defines the logic, creativity and understanding he brings to each new project.
Producer – Rachel Towell
Rachel has worked in the television industry for the past eleven years – six of which were spent with Tile Films. During her time with Tile Films she travelled around the world and back again –filming in Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, Indonesia, India, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, France and Italy - production managing Tile Films international co-productions with TG4/S4C/VISION TV CANADA “Neamh ar Talamh” and “Na Déithe Caillte”. She produced the IFTA award winning two part docu-drama ‘Cromwell in Ireland’ with Tile Films for RTE/THE HISTORY CHANNEL. ‘Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa’ is the first series she has produced.
Rachel says of ‘Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa’:
“Both Stephen (Rooke) and I were extremely excited when TG4 commissioned ‘Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa?’ – we’ve been working towards making a contemporary yet historical series about Irish stories for a long time - a series that would tell the smaller stories that have surrounded greater historic events. It’s wonderful peeling back the wallpaper of time, so to speak and delving into untouched archives to find out about the lives of those who have gone before us. Having worked with Ruán on ‘Death or Canada’ – we knew he had a passion for humanising historical events of our past and finding true individual stories. And Manchán was the perfect choice as presenter – he and Ruán have a tangible chemistry working together. Manchán is a brilliant communicator, he has natural instinct for storytelling, listening and gathering stories. All our contributors and house owners warmed to him immediately, sharing all they knew about their homes and their predecessors."