RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme Two - Drogheda

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Airline pilot Ian Callaghan has bought a 1930s Victorian house in his hometown of Drogheda, County Louth, which he and his girlfriend Claire Moore are keen to call home.

Though full of charm and period features, the house is in dire need of renovation. Enter: architect Dermot Bannon with an innovative plan to retain the building's century-old ambience while adding a radical modern living extension built around an exposed concrete wall.

The house is ideally located just 30 minutes from Dublin airport, but unfortunately, for half of every month, Ian isn't. Absent on long haul flights for most of the build, he leaves Claire in charge of a site that's soon beset with serious problems.

The first revelation comes with the discovery of dangerous, fifty year old wiring that will have to be replaced at considerable cost. But this is nothing compared to the shock of Dermot's monolithic concrete wall and its deliberately distressed finish.<

As a jetlagged Ian returns to site, he and Claire are determined to have Dermot rethink what they fear will be a huge, unwelcome eyesore. Naturally, Dermot has other plans.

Can he convince his clients that his high flying design is any more than a flight of fancy?

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