A knockout conversation between Carl Frampton and Patrick Kielty on Northern Irish politics, education and identity.
Patrick and Carl have long been two of Northern Ireland’s most interesting men – both have skilfully moved from their very successful first careers into the wonderful world of docs. What has resulted is some of the most revealing and honest documentary work being made about the North.
They will use this work as a prism through which they discuss their experiences and their viewpoints on their shared homeland. We will encounter opinions on mental health, masculinity, the Good Friday Agreement, integrated education, along with their love of sport.
Carl “The Jackal” Frampton turned pro as a boxer in 2009, and the Northern Irishman quickly climbed the ranks, winning both IBF and WBA belts. Carl retired from the ring in 2021 and is now a prominent supporter of local charities. As a Protestant married to a Catholic and with two young children, he is determined to be a role model for the future of Northern Ireland. His new BBC doc, Carl Frampton: Men in Crisis, was broadcast in May 2023.
Born in Dundrum, Co. Down, Patrick Kielty began his stand-up career as host of Northern Ireland’s first comedy club, The Empire Laughs Back, in a pre-ceasefire Belfast. Recently, he has won awards for his documentaries My Dad, The Peace Deal and Me, and Patrick Kielty: 100 Years of Union. Patrick’s new radio talk show can be heard every Saturday morning on BBC 5Live. 2023 saw the release of the feature film Ballywalter in which Patrick stars in the lead role alongside Seána Kerslake.