Bill Hughes and Bernadine Carraher who previously worked together for six years set up Mind the Gap Films in 2001. The company specialises in television entertainment, music, documentaries, and other factual programming. We regularly work on large scale productions with budgets of over €1 million and bring them in on time and on budget.
Mind the Gap Films are currently shooting a new BAI funded entertainment series for RTÉ1 which sees 3 celebrity chefs recreate historical banquets in 6 of the ‘big houses’ around the country. We are also working on a new 4 part series for TV3 with a working title of “T.D. in my House”. The programme gives households surviving on social welfare the opportunity to host their local T.D. so that each can walk a mile in the other’s shoes.
We have produced 3 comedy-history documentaries with hugely popular comedian Neil Delamere. In 2011 our 2 part IFTA award winning series “The Only Viking in the Village” saw Neil go in search of our Viking ancestors. In 2013 he returned to tackle the fact and fiction surrounding our patron saint in “There’s Something About Patrick”, which went on to win a Celtic Media award. We have just completed post-production on a four-part BAI funded comedic exploration of four Irish heroes of yore – Cúchulain, Fionn MacCumhaill, Red Hugh O’Donnell and Grace O’Malley. “Holding Out For A Hero” airs on RTÉ2 in December 2014.
In 2014 Mind the Gap Films completed 2 new RTÉ1 documentaries. In the “The Bee” children from all over Ireland competed in the Eason Nationwide Spelling Bee competition.The result is an inspirational film that captures the next generation of young Irish people and their determination to make their schools and families proud. Six-part lifestyle series “Domestic Divas” saw presenters Aisli Madden & Cat Lawlor help Celtic Tiger cubs with their domestic dilemmas. From the social butterfly who has no time to cook or clean his flat, to the single mother who needs help to make her son’s 1st birthday extra special, the Domestic Divas offer simple tips and tricks to transform even the most domestically challenged.
“Glaoch an Cheoil” is an 8 part series that aired on TG4 in Winter 2013. This long form observational documentary paired unused musical instruments with people who had always wanted to learn how to play. We followed the journeys of these new musicians which culminated in a special concert for the President in Áras an Uachtaráin.
In 2012 Mind the Gap Films produced gripping historical documentary “Glaoch ón Tríú Reich” for TG4. The film saw German linguist and fluent Irish speaker Dr. Arndt Wigger explore the Irish language radio broadcasts made from Berlin to Ireland during World War Two. He specifically wanted to investigate the role played by his former mentor Hans Hartmann who was head of this radio service to Ireland. This lead Arndt on a revealing and sometimes painful journey through Conamara, Donegal and Berlin to try to at last determine whether or not Hartmann was a Nazi.
In 2012 we produced 9 part young people’s series “Pump Up My Dance” for RTÉ. The series gave young dancers the chance to have a masterclass with renowned choreographers in nine different dance styles – Hip Hop, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary, Breakdance, Irish, Tap and Latin.
July 2011 saw our observational documentary Comically Challenged air on BBC NI. It dealt with the the relationship between comedy and disability and featured the internationally renowned comedians Adam Hills and Tanya Lee Davis. The show was a mix of Obs doc and multi-camera studio.
Kids archaeology adventure game show Ireland Dig It! launched the young people’s schedule on RTÉ in September 2010 and was heavily repeated. The show was filmed on location using multi-camera OB in the Craggaunowen Heritage Park and in museums across Ireland.
Our show Hallelujah Broadway pays homage to the music of Broadway for PBS and RTE. The show was filmed in Prague in Feb 2010 in front of a live audience, in a baroque church in the centre of the Old Town of Prague. The team of 80 included professionals from the UK, Ireland and the Czech Republic. We brought in the acclaimed UK director Tony Gregory and top DOP from the UK, Paul Jarvis. The show aired to great acclaim on 60% of the PBS stations across the USA. The RTÉ version of the show was broadcast on Easter Sunday 2010.
Our light entertainment show Celebrity Jigs and Reels had two series filmed in Ardmore studios and two New Year’s Specials. The shows were broadcast live on RTE with ratings of 33% to 38%. The final New Year’s programme was filmed in RTE in front of a live audience and rang in the New Year 2008 with a 44% share.
In January 2010 we completed a series for TV3 called Modern Ireland as well as a long form obs-doc for RTÉ called “Music Changes Lives”.Music Changes Lives won a Radharc Award in 2010 and later that year won the European Journalist of the Year award for Ireland.
Our acclaimed documentary "John O'Conor's Beethoven Bootcamp" on world renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor’s masterclass was shown at the Dublin Documentary Film Festival and on RTE in February 2009. Our observational documentary An Bhfuil Cead Agam, following 10 adults at a summer Gaeltacht course trying to revive their school Irish, was broadcast for Seachtain na Gaeilge on RTE1 in March 2009.
Our RTE Entertainment documentary "Christie Hennessy Messenger Boy" (RTE/Universal Music) scored a phenomenal 34% share first time out and 32% on the repeat.
Our format It’s My Show for the 9 to 13 year age-group was a ratings winner for RTE in 2007 and 2008. Two series of the show were filmed in the RTE studios.
In 2009 we produced An Bhfuil Cead Agam for Seachtain na Gaeilge on RTÉ. The series saw adults spend a week in the Gaeltacht, living under the same strict rules as the teenagers, to try to improve their Irish.
In 2006 we filmed the series Irish Tenors and Friends in Ardmore studios in front of a live audience. Andrew Lloyd Webber was one of many international guests who came toDublin for the series. The show was pre-recorded and broadcast in the summer of 2006.
In 2005, Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde a 90 minute special filmed in association with Art for Amnesty for RTE, PBS, BBC and SBS won a nomination for the Golden Rose of Lucerne.
Mind the Gap Films have produced 18 series of “Hands On” the magazine programme for the Deaf community in Ireland. Over the years the programme has dealt with issues surrounding cochlear implants, access to work and the history of Deaf schools in Ireland as well as the activities of Deaf sports clubs, cooking items, talent shows and performances.
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