Judith Hill travels with a group of young from Belfast to Cape Town investigating what the two cities have in common, and meeting former gangsters who’ve found the power to make peace.
Pamela chats to UTV reporter Judith Hill on following the young people from Belfast on a peace building project in Cape Town for a documentary and Ian Wilson from the Grand Opera House and young musical star Conor O'Brien chat about Miss Saigon the School Edition. Rita joins the Donaghadee lifeboat crew and former BGT contestant Jordan O’Keefe performs.
The last programme before the summer break examines the latest from London and Belfast as the battle for leadership of the Conservative party continues. Brexit expert Anand Menon shares his thoughts on how the new leader might succeed in delivering Brexit, where Theresa May could not. Local Tories give us their views on who they think should be the next Prime Minister. Plus, there is a progress check on the Stormont talks as negotiations enter their seventh week.
The Stormont talks descend into disharmony as the DUP accuses Sinn Féin of being stuck on narrow issues. Our Political Editor Ken Reid joins us with his analysis. On the eve of the second Tory leadership vote, we get the thoughts of Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce plus there’s a special report on whether all Irish Passport holders outside the Republic should be allowed to vote for the Irish President.
Pamela Ballantine and Marc Mallett host the annual awards which shine a light on the unsung heroes and inspirational people of Northern Ireland who have made a difference to others through their good deeds, devotion or struggle over adversity.
With celebrity guests from the worlds of sport, television and comedy plus a stunning performance from Snow Patrol.
This week we speak to the DUP’s Nigel Dodds and John O’Dowd from Sinn Féin about the continuation of the Stormont talks and the chances of securing a deal anytime soon. Also, we’ve the latest on the battle to be the next Conservative party leader followed by expert analysis from Kate Devlin, Allison Morris and Ben Lowry. Plus, there’s a special report on the women from Northern Ireland who are backing the legal challenge to the government’s decision to raise their retirement age.
Up Close has a special programme on our troubled past and asks will there ever be a time when Northern Ireland can move on or will it always be part of the present?
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