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About the Show

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary examines the Easter Rising and the subsequent events that led to the creation of an independent Irish state - and, indirectly, to the start of the breakup of the British Empire. Looking at the Rising from an international perspective, 1916 offers insights that broaden public understanding of the historical interconnections between Britain, Ireland and the United States - connections whose significance extends right up to the the recent Irish peace process. The film combines rarely seen archive material with contemporary filming all over the world, plus revealing interviews with leading experts and historians.