UTV confirms series 2 of Ulster Giants

The TV show celebrates how civil engineers have transformed lives in Northern Ireland.

Crookedstone Solar Energy Farm in Northern Ireland.
Crookedstone Solar Energy Farm in Northern Ireland.

UTV has commissioned another eight episodes of Ulster Giants, a popular TV show that looks civil engineering projects that have changed lives in Northern Ireland.

The new series, which is currently in production, will be hosted by TV icon Joe Mahon, and will air in summer 2019.

The programmes will be produced by Westway Films in collaboration with ICE and will continue to help the public explore some of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and unknown engineering feats.

The first series of Ulster Giants aired in 2018 and was watched live by nearly one million people.

Each episode is available on demand via the ITV website. Viewers outside Northern Ireland can watch series one on the ITV Hub by entering the Northern Ireland postcode BT9 6SX.

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Full list of episodes and summaries (from series 1):

Episode 1: The Lissummon Tunnel and The Craigmore Viaduct

The Lissummon Tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in Ireland, being just one yard short of a mile – and it’s absolutely straight.

The Craigmore Viaduct, just outside Newry, was opened in 1852. This 18-arch viaduct, the tallest in Ireland, is as visually arresting as it is functional – even 170 years later.

Episode 2: The Thompson Graving Dock and The Lagan Weir

The Thompson Graving Dock in Belfast Harbour was the largest dry dock that had ever built in the world when it was completed in 1911. It had to be, because it housed the Titanic while she was being prepared for her maiden voyage.

Completed in 1994, the Lagan Weir completely transformed the fortunes of Belfast and has been the catalyst for subsequent development in the city.

Episode 3: The Newry Canal and The Lagan Gateway

The Newry Canal, completed in 1742 and built without machinery of any kind, was the first-ever “summit level” canal in these islands.

The Lagan Gateway at Stranmillis in Belfast is part of an ambitious, long-term plan to re-open the Lagan Waterway, part river, part canal, all the way to Lough Neagh and beyond.

Episode 4: The Foyle Bridge and Derry’s Walls

The Foyle Bridge, completed in 1984, is regarded as one of the most graceful and iconic civil engineering feats of modern times.

Derry’s Walls, completed in 1619, still form an intact circuit of the old city and are regarded nowadays as a valuable tourism asset.

Episode 5: The Hunts Park Water Tower and The Dungonnell Dam

The Hunts Park Water Tower in Donaghadee in County Down, completed in 1912, remains a magnificent, indestructible landmark overlooking the sea.

The Dungonnell Dam in Glenravel in County Antrim, completed in 1972, was an innovative structure involving the use of asphalt for the first time in these islands.

Episode 6: The Ballycopeland Windmill and Crookedstone Solar Energy Farm

The Ballycopeland Windmill near Millisle in the east of County Down was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s, and is one the only one of its kind remaining.

The Lightsource Solar Farm at Crookedstone Road in County Antrim sits in 30 acres of grassland across the road from the Belfast International Airport and supplies the airport with 27% of its annual energy requirements.

Episode 7: Giants Park and Transportation of Wind Turbines

Giants Park in Belfast is a good example of how modern waste management and landfill sites will be used in future to create beautiful new spaces for recreational and other functions.

The transportation of giant wind turbines poses many challenges for the civil engineers who have to ensure their safe delivery and eventual construction.

Episode 8: Modern Survey Technologies

Cutting-edge technology like 3D imaging and virtual reality is being used to help civil engineers and designers plan with ever greater efficiency and safety.