The Road to Partition (2021): Part 01


Documentary series exploring the political brinkmanship and bitter communal violence that led to the partition of Ireland.


On the 22 June 1921, King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Belfast for the official opening of the first Northern Ireland parliament. Fearful for their lives, they had come to a city scarred by bitter sectarian violence.

The King’s visit to Belfast was the culmination of three centuries of history – and three years of political brinkmanship and brutal communal violence. The occasion marked the creation of the new state of Northern Ireland. A line had been drawn on the map – a new border that separated the north and south of the island.

One hundred years on, this is the story of the dramatic events that led to the partition of Ireland – one that continues to reverberate to the present day and to dominate relationships between the islands of Britain and Ireland.

Part 02 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Brian Henry Martin.
  • Producer(s):
    • Jonathan Golden.
  • Production:
    • DoubleBand Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC Two.
  • Release Date: 01 June 2021.
  • Running Time: 59 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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