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Rock Docs & Doc Martins

Stuart Bailie | 18:26 UK time, Thursday, 14 May 2009

This Friday at 9.15 pm, I would encourage you to select BBC4 and to watch 'So Hard To Beat'. It's a two part history of music from Norn Iron, from Them to Snow Patrol, by way of Eric Bell, The Undertones, Ash, even those briefly popular names like Baltimora and D:Ream. Tolerance, please, they all served in their day.

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It was a BBC NI production that's now being broadcast nationally. Yours truly provides the voice, the interviews and the script. It was a year or so of fun, intensity plus some difficult transactions with a famous singer or two. We met Tim Wheeler on top of a freezing high rise in Manhattan and interviewed Ali McMordie by the banks of the Hudson. Terri Hooley fulminated and Billy Harrison gave us an insight into the like and times of Them. It's our collective story. I hope it works over the network. I think it might.

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