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BBC film Shannon dolphins

The BBC have just visited the Shannon estuary to film the dolphins for a new programme called The Next Level.

The Next Level is part of the new daily, live breakfast show for children on BBC 2 and the CBBC Channel. The concept is that a young person is put into the adult workplace to see how they fare as a working professional.

One of the 10 part series features a young girl, Mubeena, who wants to be a marine biologist. The BBC contact the SDWF about whether we could facilitate the programme. Project Manager, Simon Berrow, worked with the Director of The Next Level, Victoria Bell, in the Shannon estuary in 2001, which proved to be very successful.

During the week long visit to West Clare, the BBC filmed in Kilkee, Loop Head as well as Kilrush and the Shannon estuary. Filming in Carrigaholt was cancelled when a local person buried a stranded whale at Rinevella, which was to be part of the programme. During two days on the water they obtained some high quality images of the dolphins and of Mubeena working.

Mubeena's final challenge was to work as a tour guide on one of the commercial dolphin-watching boats, Dolphin Discovery www.discoverdolphins.ieLink to external site:, with children from the local Kilrush National School onboard.

The filming and programme went very well and will be shown on BBc 2 in early June.


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