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Derek Mooney's natural history series wins gold at TV and film awards

TVBy Eddie Rowley
Derek Mooney's natural history series wins gold at TV and film awards

A stunning Irish nature series presented by Derek Mooney has won a Gold Medal Award at the New York Festivals’ World’s Best TV & Film Award in Las Vegas.

The three-part RTE One series, Secrets Of The Irish Landscape, saw Mooney follow in the footsteps of Robert Lloyd Praeger, Ireland’s greatest naturalist and author of the classic book, The Way That I Went.

It was a huge hit when RTE broadcast the series last May, and the Sunday World yesterday learned that it has now been bought by Australia, Canada and PBS in America, and will be shown on transatlantic flights.

Mooney, who attended the glittering awards night in Las Vegas with director of photography Barry Donnellan and head of RTE Cork Colm Crowley, said: “When we think of science and nature programmes, we tend to believe that only the BBC can make them. But this proves that we can do them just as well if not better.

“I love making nature programmes, it’s part of who I am. Secrets of the Irish Landscape took three years to make, and I’m glad to see that it has been appreciated not just at home but around the world.”