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TG4 joins forces with Broadcasters from Wales, China, and Korea for international Stadiums co-production
03 Feb 2023 : Nathan Griffin
Dara Ó Cinnéide - Páirc an Chrócaigh
Broadcasters from Ireland, Wales, China and the Republic of Korea have joined forces to co-produce a new series focusing on some of the world’s greatest sporting arenas.

Stadiums (4x60) is a pioneering international co-production between Irish language broadcaster TG4, Welsh language broadcaster S4C, and production companies Loosehorse and Cwmni Da, which has received the support of LIC China, Jeonju Television (JTV), and the Korean Communications Agency (KCA). The project has also received support from Welsh Government via Creative Wales.

The series visits a host of the planet’s most iconic stadiums, including Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium, Seoul’s Olympic Stadium, the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, and Anfield in Liverpool.

Each arena has its own identity and Stadiums will give viewers around the world an unique insight into these palaces of passion; from their storied histories and revered matchday atmospheres, to their architectural and technological brilliance and cultural significance.

The Welsh version of Stadiums will be called Jason Mohammad: Stadiymau’r Byd and fronted by BBC Final Score and Pen/Campwyr host Jason Mohammad, while former five-time All-Ireland GAA champion-turned broadcaster, Dara Ó Cinnéide, will present TG4’s Irish version, Na Góirt Órga.

The project is the latest in a series of co-productions between Celtic and Asian broadcasters, following on the success of Tide and Rain: The Untold Story.

“We have known for a long time, but it is strikingly clear in the light of the global success of ‘An Cailín Ciúin/The Quiet Girl’, that language is not a barrier to international success,” says Alan Esslemont, Director General of TG4.

“S4C has been a role model for TG4 for many years and ‘Stadiums’ is the latest in a line of high-quality factual co-productions between TG4 and Wales.  S4C is a strategic international market partner for TG4 as we work with our independent audiovisual sector and the creative community in Ireland to build thriving, sustainable companies of scale."

Cormac Ó hÁrgadáin, series producer from Loosehorse adds: "Stadiums are much more than architectural wonders of steel and stone, they are living cathedrals where communities come to bond, as they worship their sporting heroes. This is true whether you are at a county final in Kerry or the World Cup Final in Mexico City.  It was a joy to be invited to participate in this unique project and to accompany Dara Ó Cinnéide as he brought Irish viewers all over the world, in a stirring celebration of sporting passion."

Na Góirt Órga will be aired on 23rd March 2023, on TG4. Jason Mohammad: Stadiymau’r Byd starting on S4C on 5th April 2024.

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