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A State Apart - Television Series
Montage of A State Apart images This unit of five programmes examines the reasons for the establishment of two separate governments in Belfast and Dublin and the political, social and economic problems confronting them. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of how and why civil unrest developed in Northern Ireland. The programmes will consider the political impact of the Civil Rights Movement; changes in the political situation within Northern Ireland; the influence of violence and the response of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland governments to the developing political situation.
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1. Separate Government

SELB prog code: TP 0217

This opening programme in the series traces the history of Northern Ireland from the Government of Ireland Act 1920 to the 1960s. The approach combines comparison of trends North and South with a chronology of the landmark events.
Teachers Notes Task Sheets Links
- Programme 1
- All
- Programme 1
- All
- History: The treaty
- History: Partition and the Birth of   Ireland
 
2. The Civil Rights Movement SELB prog code: TP 0253
This programme looks at discrimination, the emergence of the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association and the violence of the 1960s. It ends with a survey of the events leading to the birth of the Provisional IRA and the eventual introduction of Direct Rule from Westminster in 1972.

Teachers Notes Task Sheets Links
- Programme 2
- All
- Programme 2
- All

- History: Northern Ireland Civil   Rights' Movement
- Bitesize: Civil rights- NICRA

 
3. Ulster Workers Council Strike SELB prog code: TP 0284

This programme deals with the failure of the power-sharing administration in Northern Ireland in 1974. The splits within Unionism, the growing fears of an Irish dimension being introduced through the Council of Ireland and the subsequent Ulster Workers’ Council Strike are also examined
Teachers Notes Task Sheets Links
- Programme 3
- All
- Programme 3
- All
- History: Power-sharing
- Bitesize: Power Sharing & the   Council of Ireland
 
4. Hunger Strike SELB prog code: TP 0315

This programme deals with the impact of the hunger strike in the Maze Prison in 1981.
It examines the reasons for the prison protest, and the emotional and political effects of the deaths of ten hunger strikers.
Teachers Notes Task Sheets Links
- Programme 4
- All
- Programme 4
- All

- History: Hunger Strikes

 

 
5. Agreement SELB prog code: TP 0349

The programme deals with the Anglo-Irish Agreement 1985 as a renewed effort to reconcile the two communities and to provide a framework for North / South relations. The Unionist viewpoint and the history of the constitutional guarantee are considered, as is Unionist reaction to Dublin involvement in Northern Ireland’s affairs.
Teachers Notes Task Sheets Links
- Programme 5
- All
- Programme 5
- All

- History: Anglo Irish Agreement
- Bitesize: Anglo-Irish Agreement

 

  *Series first broadcast in 1995
 

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