The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) have given the green light to a series of projects that include a new documentary feature about the Easter Rising.

Other lively choices include a program about an Irish-speaking teddy bear and a new documentary series on forgotten Irish women composers.

According to a report on the production funding for the productions came through the BAI’s Broadcasting Funding Scheme, Sound & Vision II.

The scheme was established, according to the BAI, 'to provide funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.'

The seven new projects selected cover a number of contemporary and historical subjects.

The Dublin-based Tile Films has received funding of $333,000 towards the production of '72 Uair Cinniúnach' (72 Hours that Changed the Rising).

Set in 1916, the feature length documentary focuses on the battle for Dublin’s Mount Street bridge and King Street during the Easter Rising.

The project is reportedly based on firsthand accounts from both sides of the battles, which will be broadcast on TG4 around Easter of 2013.
Among the successful applications were production company Rockfinch Limited, who received funding of $26,000 towards the production of a six part documentary series entitled 'Women of Note.' The program will bring to light neglected Irish women composers from the 19 and 20 centuries. The series is scheduled to be broadcast on Lyric FM from September 2012.

Further funding from the the Sound & Vision II initiative will be rolled out throughout the year.

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