The Road to Partition (2021): Part 02


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.

The second episode explores how political tensions and outbreaks of sectarian violence threatened to destabilise the new Northern Irish state.

Part 01 here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Brian Henry Martin.
  • Producer(s):
    • Jonathan Golden.
  • Production:
    • DoubleBand Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC Two.
  • Release Date: 08 June 2021.
  • Running Time: 59 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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