The Travelling Picture Show

Do you have any old home movies gathering dust under the stairs or stashed in the attic? If so BBC Northern Ireland would like to hear from you.

Ballymoney is the focus for a new BBC Northern Ireland programme featuring stories, characters and film archive in and around the town.

The Travelling Picture Show will be filmed in four towns this summer and the producers have already found fabulous old films in and around Ballymoney – but are keen to find even more forgotten footage.

Series producer Jane Magowan says: “We’re looking for home movie footage to help us tell the story of Ballymoney and its people; how the town has changed over the decades – films from the 1940s to the 1990s that cover local events and celebrations, sporting achievements, holidays, family life, farming and local industry.

“But we’re also looking for the stories and characters behind the footage. You may have a two minute cine film of the day your team brought home the winning cup, or even a family outing to the seaside. It’s your story of that event that we’re really interested in hearing.”

Once they’ve gathered together evocative home movies and rarely seen BBC archive The Travelling Picture Show will take to the road, and, over a weekend in August the team will be setting up a screen in Ballymoney.

“It’s really exciting for us is to be able to bring these films back to where they came from so local people can see their town, their friends and neighbours up there on screen. It’s guaranteed to bring back loads of memories and get people talking and sharing stories.”

So, if you have any old home movie footage you would like us to consider for inclusion in our Ballymoney programme then please contact The Travelling Picture Show team. Call Jane or Darryl on 028 90338059 / 02890338118.