’16 Letters

Presented by Ryan Tubridy and filmed in the GPO, ’16 Letters is a major television event specially commissioned for RTE’s 1916 commemorations. It sees the written words of ordinary and extraordinary people – caught up in a time of blood, sacrifice and rebellion – brought back to life … one hundred years after they were written. The stories within the letters are told using dramatic reconstruction, archive and very personal interviews with the letter writers’ descendants. The programme features a variety of letters written before, during and after 1916, all brought together to tell a multitude of stories of that seminal year – stories of love, war, struggle and defiance.  The 75-minute film goes behind the headlines of history to hear the intimate thoughts and words of real people a century ago, going behind the headlines of history to offer an entirely fresh look at modern Ireland’s bloody birth – filmed in its very cradle, the GPO.

RTÉ One, 1 x 75’ special, 2016

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