Filmed across four continents, ‘Taoide’ is a visually stunning exploration of one of the most powerful and mysterious natural forces on Earth. The programmes visits some of the world's most stunning locations on four continents, giving us an insight to one of the strongest natural and mysterious global forces. John Darba Ó Flatharta and his son Colm show how Galway Hookers depended and worked with the tides as they carry a tombstone from the Aran Islands, Seán Ó Conghaile explains the value of Fínis Island where at low tide the island connects with the mainland, Jack Cosgrove has a race with the tide to run Omey Island Horse Races, and Donncha Mac Con Iomaire explains the nuances of the different tides and the effects the the landscape has on them.
Along with Chinese Production Company LIC, the project was funded by broadcasters TG4, BBC ALBA, BBC Northern Ireland and S4C, and the distribution company Sky Vision. The concept was first pitched at the 2017 Celtic Media Festival.
The collaboration has already inspired the establishment of the new Celtic Development Fund to develop similar co-productions. The series is being distributed in Greater China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan by LIC and Sky Vision is currently in the process of selling it to other broadcasters worldwide.
This year is the International Year of Indigenous Languages, highlighting the importance of nurturing and preserving knowledge in minority languages. Each country which has taken part in the co-production receives its own bespoke edit of the documentaries, in its own indigenous language.
For TG4 TV producer/ director Donncha Mac Con Iomaire partnered the project with Welsh company Cwmni Da to produce the Irish language version for TG4, which is presented by MacDara Ó Cuaig, a scientist with the Marine Institute. The first episode airs on TG4 at 9.30pm on Wednesday, 1st May.
Proinsias Ní Ghráinne, Commissioning Editor, TG4, said:
“TG4 is delighted to join forces with our broadcasting partners in the other Celtic nations to commission an Irish language version of this ambitious series. The theme of ‘Taoide’ has a particular resonance for our island nation that will no doubt captivate TG4 audiences in Ireland and throughout the world.”
Dylan Huws, the managing director of Cwmni Da from Wales, said:
“It was pitched originally to a forum of all the Celtic broadcasters and they all immediately showed interest. Meanwhile, LIC also wanted to be part of it because we wanted to include some Chinese stories as part of the series.’ Dylan says, ‘This is the first time ever that all the Celtic partners have worked together so we’ve created a bit of broadcasting history. Each partner put in around £100,000 which means they’re getting a high-end documentary series which has been filmed all over the world.”