UTV ‘Lesser Spotted’ Christmas special


A special hour-long edition of ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’, fronted by Derry man Joe Mahon, will be broadcast on UTV on Christmas Day at 6pm.

In the last programme of the current series, there are tales of love and romance, ambition and downfall, danger and disaster - all couched in the traditional ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’ story-telling style, designed to warm the heart on a cold winter night.

Joe Mahon says: “This will be the final programme in the current series and the last one to be seen for quite some time.

“This is because the year 2013 will be given over to our coverage of the exciting events of the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture celebrations.

“So, I think the Cushendun programme will be a very fitting way to put it to bed for a long sleep.”

Joe adds: “The Christmas Day programme features a daring elopement that crossed the religious divide and crossed the valley at the same time, a ‘moss flood’ that nearly wiped out an entire townland, an old mill that’s become one of the oldest family run hotels in the country and the tradition of landscape painting that has created so many iconic images of the spectacular Glens of Antrim.

“Besides the wonderful scenery of the Glendun valley and the Antrim coast and the unique architectural attractions of the village itself - now a National Trust Property for the most part - there’s a wealth of lore and history to be explored.

“Whether Christmas Day turns out to be snowy and white or merely cold and wet, one thing you can be certain of is that the weather will be wintry.

“So what better way to dispel the gloom of a winter evening, than to sit around the fire sipping mulled something or other and to go for a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Glendun and take in the charms of Cushendun village on a sunlit, summer day in June.”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television, said: “We are delighted to show a special one-hour episode of our viewers’ favourite, ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’, on Christmas Day on UTV. It’s the perfect way to finish off your Christmas afternoon with family and friends.”