The filming of a four-hour television production 'Troubles' is underway at Markree Castle in County Sligo.

The historic Markree Castle outside Collooney in County Sligo is the location for the London Weekend Television mini series 'Troubles' based on a novel by JG Farrell.

'Troubles' is being made by the Irish company Little Bird and is the most expensive production to be filmed in Ireland since John Boorman's 'Excalibur'. Director Christopher Morhan explains the background to the film and how work is progressing. He is relieved to report the weather in Sligo is being kind to the production,

Even the weather when it's bad, it never seems to be bad for long.

The expectation is to shoot three minutes of film per day, so a day lost in filming due to bad weather could cost £30,000.

With a budget of over £3 million, the production is a major source of employment for the Irish Film Industry involving 140 full time staff and up to 1,000 local extras. The plan is to shoot for seven weeks in Collooney, a further two in Killala in County Mayo, Lissadell in County Sligo and Greystones in County Wicklow, with a final six weeks in Ardmore Studios in Bray, County Wicklow.

Walter McDonagh well known in Sligo for amateur drama is a 'special extra' on the production. He spends a lot of time waiting around but he enjoys watching the filming process.

I find it very interesting apart from the boring bit of waiting.

He is excited to be wearing a grand costume and is fascinated by

The infinite patience they have and the detail they go to.

The cast includes British actor Ian Richardson who plays Edward Spencer. He is enjoying being in Ireland although he admits he tends to spend his spare time in France as he owns a property there.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 2 October 1987. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.