Kevin Dawson, Executive Producer, RTÉ.
Says Kevin Dawson: “Cromwell in Ireland kicks off RTÉ Television’s Hidden History season with an in-depth profile of perhaps the number one villain of Irish history, a figure who has never been confronted, to this extent, on television before. There is probably no other figure and no other episode in Irish history, prior to the Famine, capable of capturing the attention of the modern Irish public as Cromwell’s story does. The reason for this, as Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú so deftly illustrates, is that Cromwell’s story is our story. His actions resonate down to the present in the very structure of Irish society; his legacy resonates in our culture and politics, in our sense of nationhood and self. Produced by Tile Films and directed by Maurice Sweeney, these programmes address Cromwell’s Irish invasion with strong production values, including CGI work and extensive dramatisations. Cromwell in Ireland also launches a new presenter talent in Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú, who contends that the impact of the Cromwellian episode, in which up to a quarter of the population perished, was even greater than that of the Famine.”
Stephen Rooke, Executive Producer, Managing Director, Tile Films.
With Tile Films Senior writer/researcher David Ryan Stephen devised and developed the initial treatment and pitch for Cromwell in Ireland in August 2005. Says Stephen: “It has taken us three years to bring this monumental to screen and we are very proud of the finished programmes”. Stephen has directed many internationally renowned and award-winning series for RTE, including Waterways, Voyage and Legends of the Isles and The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut.
Dave Farell, Executive Producer, Director of Development, Tile Films
David was appointed a Director in 2002 and took up the fulltime position of Development Director/Producer in 2003. He executive produced Tile Films internationally acclaimed 6 x 25 minute HD co-productions Heaven on Earth and The Lost Gods. Dave produced RTÉ / Tile Films IFTA nominated documentaries The Ghosts of Duffy’s Cut and Ireland’s Nazis.