NI MAN’S HORROR SHOW TO GET BBC SCREENING TONIGHT

From left, Nigel ONeill (John), Louise Matthews (Sarah), writer Darren Gibson and Lalor Roddy (The Pedlar) during the making of "Stumpy's Brae."

From left, Nigel ONeill (John), Louise Matthews (Sarah), writer Darren Gibson and Lalor Roddy (The Pedlar) during the making of “Stumpy’s Brae.”

A CHILLING new horror drama penned by a Northern Ireland writer is to be screened on television tonight.

“Stumpy’s Brae,” by Darren Gibson from Eglinton, Co Derry, will be shown on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 10.00 pm.

Directed by Chris Baugh, from Omagh, Co Tyrone, and produced by Brendan Mullin for BBC Northern Ireland through their Belfast-based company Six Mile Hill Productions, the the 30-minute drama has been described as a dark and gruesome tale of temptation, murder and revenge.

The drama is in Ulster Scots and adapted from the eponymous poem by celebrated writer Cecil Frances Alexander, famous for penning hymns such as “Once in Royal David’s City’” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”

Darren said the drama encapsulates Northern Ireland’s dry wit.

He said: “For me Stumpy’s Brae was a unique chance to bring to life our rich literary heritage. It encapsulates, flawlessly, the quintessential qualities of Northern Ireland: our dry wit, strong resolve and stern passions.”

Starring Nigel O’Neill, Louise Matthews and Lalor Roddy, the production was shot on location at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra and The Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh.

Strabane-born producer Brendan Mullin said “Stumpy’s Brae” beared all the hallmarks of a classic ghost story – “interesting characters trapped in fascinating supernatural peril.”

He added: “We wanted to add a fresh, modern, ‘horror movie’ feel that sharpens the sting of this creepy tale. By collaborating with a talented cast and crew we feel we’ve produced a strong drama that will appeal to those who also enjoy a good scare.”

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3 Responses to NI MAN’S HORROR SHOW TO GET BBC SCREENING TONIGHT

  1. Margaret says:

    As a local of the area of stumpys brea and terrified every time past it even as an adult I am so irritated by your interpretation of the story…it has ignored the concept of the story and has rewritten the script and not to the advantage of the story…even ignoring its obvious Irish routes…being based in Donegal….you bring in Scot gaelige which we welcome but you do this to the degradation of the Irish gaelige…

  2. Margaret says:

    It became less about the story and more about the cultural aspects of its directors

  3. magsd says:

    The point of the story has been lost in the directors desire v! Emphasizes his culture…the story alone is powerful enough without outside influence

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