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New Northern Ireland Crimewatch-style show to air on BBC One tonight

Journalist Dearbhail McDonald is one of the presenters of Crime NI. File picture by Matt Mackey, Presseye

A NEW Northern Ireland crime show will air on BBC One Northern Ireland from tonight.

Crime NI, presented by journalists Wendy Austin and Dearbhail McDonald, will feature crime appeals and updates on PSNI investigations.

PSNI detectives will discuss the details of major police probes and appeal for the public's help in cracking cases.

The show will feature CCTV footage of offences as well as reconstructions of major crimes.

Made by Rare TV and Green Inc, the first show will be broadcast on BBC One at 10.35pm.

Meanwhile, comedian and presenter Patrick Kielty is to host a documentary on the future of Northern Ireland in its centenary year.

The Co Down-born presenter will look at loyalist protests around the Northern Ireland Protocol and why some fear a return to conflict, two decades after the Good Friday Agreement.

Kielty's father Jack (45), a building contractor, was killed by the UVF at his office in the village of Dundrum in 1988.

Three loyalists were later convicted of the sectarian murder. They were released under the Good Friday Agreement.

The personal film will see Kielty focus on the generation born after the Troubles.

He will attempt to understand what is driving unrest in loyalist communities.

He will also explore the possibility of a united Ireland.

The film is made by Dragonfly and produced in partnership with The Open University for BBC.

It will air on BBC One on Thursday, September 16.

In 2018, Kielty hosted a BBC documentary, 'My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me', about his father's murder and the Good Friday Agreement.

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