Following Dana’s victory in Amsterdam fifty years ago, the BBC and RTE have produced a documentary looking at her life. The documentary, “Dana, the Original Derry Girl”, will feature not only her Eurovision Song Contest victory, but also her history in politics, as well as her marriage and family.
“Dana the Original Derry Girl” is an archive rich trip down memory lane, with incredible access and an honest and sometimes raw look at the highs and lows of her incredible career. With contributions from the co-writer of All Kinds of Everything, Derry Lindsay, Senator David Norris, Dave Fanning and many others, the programme ends with Dana joining local choirs on stage in the Guildhall Derry, where she performed as a young girl to take part in a moving version of All Kinds of Everything. Asked what advice she would give to her 18-year-old self if she could travel back in time, she pauses and says, “Just be kinder to yourself and enjoy it more”.
The documentary will air on RTE One on Monday 11th May at 21:35 GMT, on BBC One Northern Ireland, also on Monday 11th May at 22:45 GMT and on BBC Four on Friday 15th May at 23:00 GMT.
Author: Richard Taylor