Soft Border Patrol

Soft Border Patrol is a Northern Irish mockumentary sitcom in the style of a reality television programme based around the subject of the Republic of Ireland–United Kingdom border in a post-Brexit world. It shadows the Soft Border Patrol, a fictional border agency backed by governments in London, Dublin and Belfast, and the European Commission in Brussels. The title is a play on the desire at the time of writing for the outcome of the Brexit negotiations for there to be a Soft Border between the Republic of Ireland and the north. Much of the series was unscripted, with broad ideas given to the cast by the writers[1]

Soft Border Patrol
Genre
Written by
  • The Ulster Fry
  • Joe Hullait
  • Stephen G Large
  • Ciaran Bartlett
  • PJ Hart
  • Susannah McKenna
  • Marc McElroy
  • Eoin Cleland
  • Matthew McDevitt
  • Bryce Hart
  • Ryan Early
Directed byIain Davidson
Starring
  • Alan Irwin
  • Diona Doherty
  • Patrick Buchanan
  • Neil Delamere
  • Eline Van der Velden
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series2
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Justin Binding
  • Rab Christie
  • Gavin Smith
Producer(s)Marie McDonald
Editor(s)Simon Hamilton
Running timeapprox. 28 minutes
Production company(s)BBC
Release
Original networkBBC Northern Ireland
Picture format16:9 1080i
Original release2 March 2018 (2018-03-02) –
present
External links
Website

It was written by the Glasgow-based The Comedy Unit [2] and the first episode was broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland on 2 March 2018 at 22:35, with episodes two and three following on the 9 and 16 March.

CastEdit

WritersEdit

  • The Ulster Fry
  • Joe Hullait
  • Stephen G Large
  • Ciaran Bartlett
  • PJ Hart
  • Susannah McKenna
  • Marc McElroy
  • Matthew McDevitt
  • Bryce Hart
  • Leesa Harker
  • Eoin Cleland
  • Ryan Early

Additional material by the cast

EpisodesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
132 March 2018 (2018-03-02)16 March 2018 (2018-03-16)
SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
258 February 2019 (2019-02-08)8 March 2019 (2019-03-08)

Series 1 (2018)Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Hearts and Minds"[3]Iain DavidsonTBA2 March 2018 (2018-03-02)
Does a plank across a stream constitute an illegal border crossing? Is chorizo still legal in Northern Ireland? Thankfully the SBP are here to provide information and clarification.
2"The Eyes of the World"[4]Iain DavidsonTBA9 March 2018 (2018-03-09)
The SBP are alert and ready to deal with any border situation. These include deciding if an abandoned fish is a Free State fish or property of the Queen, the Continuity Nine County Sovereignty Committee striving to unify the nine counties of Ulster and identifying animals by their accents. They also deal with a hen party whose Greek member does not have her passport and a report of a tourist from the Continent urinating in a bush.
3"Not all Heroes Wear Capes"[5]Iain DavidsonTBA16 March 2018 (2018-03-16)
Complex territorial issues addressed by the independent organisation monitoring the thin dotted line between the EU and the UK. The Patrollers carry out a suspiciously lengthy strip-search on a smuggler, dispose of some controlled explosives with a controlled explosion, and suffer some contentious fallout from a visit to a Mexican restaurant. Meanwhile, the 'virtual border' gets a real grilling from a BBC reporter.

Series 2 (2019)Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Embrace All Possibilities"[6]Keri CollinsTBA8 February 2019 (2019-02-08)
Post-Brexit the team deal with smugglers, protests and queries from concerned citizens.
2"We've Got Your Backs"[7]Keri CollinsTBA15 February 2019 (2019-02-15)
On all terrains they are out in all weathers, and there's big excitement for border resident Penny when megastar meteorologist Barra Best visits her village.
3"Appearance Is Everything"[8]Keri CollinsTBA22 February 2019 (2019-02-22)
Head of the digital border Niall Sweeney showcases some new technology he is developing for the Soft Border Patrol. Ben and Kris encounter an unusual group, chief executive Lisa McCoy deals with an important London visitor, and the Continuity Nine County Sovereignty Committee put a new plan into action and finally embrace the ballot box.
4"The Most Important Nothing in Europe"[9]Keri CollinsTBA1 March 2019 (2019-03-01)
Common sense issues like potholes are top of the list for Ben and Kris. Conor and Tracy investigate a local loophole, and Lisa visits everyone's favourite Uncle - Hugo Duncan.
5"The Light That Guides You Through"[10]Keri CollinsTBA8 March 2019 (2019-03-08)
An Edinburgh politician suggests closer links between Scotland and Northern Ireland - but is it a bridge too far for the SBP? Tracy channels her femme fatale as she and Connor appear on French TV. A mouthy US online talk show host grills Niall. And Ben is stopped in his tracks when his favourite singer is subject to a random check.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Scott, Sarah (2 March 2018). "BBC show Soft Border Patrol set to be Northern Ireland's newest comedy hit". Belfast Live. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ O'Grady, Sean (10 March 2018). "TV Preview, Soft Border Patrol (BBC2 Northern Ireland, BBC iPlayer, Friday 10.35pm): Brexit break-up comedy". The Independent. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Soft Border Patrol, Episode 1" at BBC Programmes
  4. ^ "Soft Border Patrol, Episode 2" at BBC Programmes
  5. ^ "Soft Border Patrol', Episode 3" at BBC Programmes
  6. ^ "Soft Border Patrol, Episode 1" at BBC Programmes
  7. ^ "Soft Border Patrol, Episode 2" at BBC Programmes
  8. ^ "Soft Border Patrol', Episode 3" at BBC Programmes
  9. ^ "Soft Border Patrol', Episode 4" at BBC Programmes
  10. ^ "Soft Border Patrol', The Light That Guides You Through" at BBC Programmes

External linksEdit