Where did we come from? How did we get here?

Blueprint is a landmark BBC Northern Ireland event across TV, Radio and Online which traces the origins of Northern Ireland from 600 million years ago up to the present day.

The TV strand of the series is presented by William Crawley along with two expert contributors, archaeologists Peter Woodman and Emily Murray, while on Radio Ulster presenter Caroline Nolan travels to a range of locations to delve deeper into the Blueprint story.

On TV, specially commissioned 3D computer graphics and stunning photography bring to life the incredible journey which sculpted our landmass and shaped the people living here today.

On Radio, compelling soundscapes and specialist commentary reveal more about our long journey from 600 million years ago up to the present day.

  1. Land

    Our landmass and the natural landmarks that give it its unique character are the product of an incredible physical journey through time and space. With the help of CGI, we will retrace that journey through time to show how this place was drowned by tropical oceans, roasted by deserts, scorched by volcanoes, and frozen in a block of ice.

    Programme 1: Land

  2. Plants and Animals

    With the first layer of our local blueprint in place, the land was ready to be colonised by plants and animals. We reveal what has lived and disappeared from here since the first animals set foot on our shoreline 385 million years ago. Dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, bears and wolves have all made this place their home at one time or other...

    Programme 2: Plants and Animals

  3. People

    Our epic journey concludes with the story of the successive waves of people who have settled in Northern Ireland since the first intrepid adventurers made this place their home 10,000 years ago. After land, and plants and animals, this programme examines the third and final layer of the natural blueprint that has shaped us as people today.

    Programme 3: People navigation


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