The Best Episodes Directed by Ciarán Donnelly
#1 - The Imposter
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 6
The accident has created a terrible workload. Tensions between classes escalate. Pirrie and Michael finally manage to come to an understanding that appease the workers, but not magnate Charles Stokes. Unfortunately, Conor MacCann, Emily's younger brother, is driven towards more extremist acts after he gets fired. The Fenian movement, a Catholic terrorist group, takes Conor in. Mark suggests building a double hull for the Titanic. But Pirrie is unimpressed. It would mean wasting too much time. To try and forget his many concerns, Mark manages to take Sofia away for a romantic weekend. It is a time when love flourishes, giving both of them the illusion that everything will be fine. Henry Carlton has discovered Mark's real identity. Carlton is furious that his daughter, Kitty, has been in a relationship with a Catholic impostor. Kitty is disowned and she decides to leave Belfast. As soon as Mark comes back he is summoned and fired.
#2 - Danger Looms
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 4
Walter's death has changed the whole picture. Malcontent breeds amongst workers, especially at the shipyard. Larkin has been forced to leave the city. Andrea, to Sofia's embarrassment, is staying at her house. The Chairman, Lord Pirrie, is shocked, and fights with his former friend Henry Carlton – Kitty's father – whom he holds responsible. He seeks an understanding with Michael MacCann, one of the leaders of the workers' movement. They are both intelligent and moral men. Mark keeps his mind on his job and finally identifies the problem with the steel: impurities. But the steel complies with regulations. Eventually Thomas Andrews will see his point, and a new relationship will form. But work is not Mark's only occupation: he finally kisses Sofia. As he goes back to his father, he is assaulted by Bernard Doyle. He accuses him of having left behind his fiancée, Bernard's daughter Siobhan, who died at childbirth.
#3 - A Crack in the Armor
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 10
Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic, is damaged again. Mark can't leave. Sofia also has to postpone her plans. Pietro has been injured at work and she must look after him. Mark and Andrews look for new solutions. The gashes in Olympic suggest that the steel is just too weak. Eventually they have to concede that the steel, combined with the sheer scope, is just not good enough. The double hull would have protected the ship - Perhaps the bulkheads too. For this to become a serious problem, Titanic would have to crash into something very solid. An occurrence that seems remote on the Atlantic Ocean. While Mark and Andrews slowly come to their conclusions, Emily is sentenced to an astoundingly unfair six months in jail. But another terrible event occurs: Conor is shot dead while the Unionists start advocating a new, separate State, Northern Ireland.
#4 - High Stakes
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 8
The high staked General Elections are drawing closer. The magnates have their own candidate, the Unionist extremist Albert Hatton. The fact that Pirrie does not support Hatton makes him an enemy of the ruling class. Michael is campaigning for Labour. His sister Emily helps him. But she gets arrested for giving out leaflets. This is a political measure, and Emily is only the scapegoat. On the ship front, Mark's proposition to erect higher bulkheads to defend Titanic is crushed by Ismay, the Chairman of White Star Lines, the company Titanic is being built for. When the elections occur, Albert Hatton wins a handsome majority. The third candidate, Michael, only gets a very small number of votes. Protestant and anti Home Rule extremists fume with rage and hatred, and Michael is assaulted, cruelly beaten and forced from Belfast. His brother Conor has become a terrorist and has taken lives. Even more disgusted with the ways of Belfast, Sofia now wants to leave and go to London. She asks Mark to go with her. But Mark is forced to make a choice between Sofia and searching for his daughter. He chooses to stay in Belfast.
#5 - Under Lock and Key
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 5
Mark's story is fully revealed. When he lived in Belfast, he had a girlfriend, Siobhan Doyle. She was supposed to follow him but never did. Siobhan died soon after. His father told him she had died of TB. Instead, she had died at childbirth without him ever knowing. Mark realises how much Siobhan suffered, and is heartbroken. She was sent to a convent. To his utter shock, he finds out that the child survived: a baby girl. He tries to find her, but the nuns will not tell him anything. An accident occurs that forces him back to work: RMS Olympic, a ship in the same class as Titanic, has had a serious accident. Mark is asked to study the implications. Mark's new discoveries are now less important that delivering on schedule. Pirrie and Andrews discover that Mark Muir is a Catholic, but guard his secret.
#6 - The Truth Shell Set You Free
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 7
Losing his job is not Mark's only problem. Sofia knows his truth. Mark tells her everything. Even about Siobhan and the baby. She eventually forgives him. It is also time for Mark to reconcile with Sean. Mark's situation seems to get better still when JP. Morgan arrives. When told the reason why his chief metallurgist has been fired, Morgan has him immediately reinstated. Mark starts looking for a viable alternative to the double hull, an alternative he finds in higher bulkheads. General Elections are in sight. Home Rule for Ireland is at stake. The possibility that London putting a stop controlling the island is strongly opposed by the Protestant minority, which fears the power the Catholic majority would get. Emily persuades her brother Michael to stand for Parliament, and Pirrie helps and supports his main counterpart in the shipyard. Sofia wants to make the relationship with Mark public. Mark knows that this would mean new tensions that could ostracize him. Above all, though, Mark is trying to protect Sofia. She would be fired immediately. But Sofia is independent. She is tired of Belfast. She goes back to studying, trying to create a better future for herself. A sad coldness slowly builds between them and, quite unexpectedly, Mark has news of his daughter.
#7 - Burden of Proof
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 9
The Admiralty has opened an inquiry into the Olympic accident, and Pirrie, Andrews, Morgan and Mark are invited to London. Mark is pleased to see his old friend Kitty, who has become a star. At the inquiry, the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, suggests that the yard could serve several ends in case of military escalation. Joanna Yaeger, Mark's old friend from New York, and Morgan's protégée, is forced into a very dangerous position: a spy. With her unparalleled access she can prove to be extremely useful to the Austro Hungarian and German causes. Back in Belfast, Mark faces a new crisis. Andrea, Sofia's old fiancée, has seen her with him and has told Pietro. Sofia is forced to choose. Sofia stays Mark. Finally he agrees to follow Sofia: they will move to London, together. He will leave Harland & Wolff and all hopes to ever find his own daughter. In a breathtaking ceremony, the Titanic is finally launched.
#8 - The 'Unsinkable' Sets Sail
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 12
The time has come for the great ship to leave for the New World. As Morgan always wanted, Titanic's maiden's voyage will become one of the first great PR events. Sofia and Joanna Yaeger are friends and she gets her a job as an illustrator for the New York Times. Pietro uses most of his money to buy her a ticket. Mark himself only gets on board by chance. The group also includes Jack Lowry, a young riveter we met since the beginning of the story. Violetta with the baby, whom Michael MacCann, has come back to marry. Joanna will be onboard – and so will Kitty, by now an acclaimed actress. A little girl by the name of Sarah, with her mother, will board Third Class. Neither Mark nor his daughter are aware of their presence onboard the Titanic. And, while the ship sails for New York, and Mark and Sofia finally find happiness and reconciliation, we are left asking ourselves: who amongst our characters will survive the great disaster?
#9 - Legacy
Harley and the Davidsons Season 1 - Episode 3
The Great Depression ravages America and cripples the motorcycle industry. With their company on the brink of ruin, Walter, Arthur, and Bill flout conventional wisdom by embarking on their most ambitious and expensive design yet.
#11 - Amazing Machine
Harley and the Davidsons Season 1 - Episode 1
Bill Harley and brothers Walter and Arthur Davidson found a motorcycle company in a shed behind the Davidson's home. But competition is fierce, and Walter has to put their fledgling business on the map by risking his life in racing competitions to beat the industry powerhouse, Indian Motorcycles. The rivalry between the two companies escalates with deadly consequences.
#13 - Gently in the Blood
Inspector George Gently Season 2 - Episode 3
When a young woman is raped and murdered, Gently and Bacchus are thrown into a world of racial intolerance, sexual jealousy and turf warfare.
#16 - The Burning Man
Inspector George Gently Season 1 - Episode 1
When a badly-burned body discovered near an RAF base is suspected to be an IRA murder, Special Branch get involved.
#17 - Gently Through the Mill
Inspector George Gently Season 2 - Episode 4
When a body is found in a local mill, Gently and Bacchus go on to uncover a web of local corruption, blackmail, fraud and robbery.
#18 - Good Man Down
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 3
Mark has put his father up in a small hotel. We learn that another man is looking for Mark, someone that Sean fears. Mark's job has made him closer to Sofia Silvestri. Sofia is charmed by Mark: he seems genuinely interested in her. Sofia's friend Emily warns to be careful. But Sofia has other worries. Her father is encouraging Andrea to fight for her. But Sofia won't be forced. In the meantime, Mark discovers a problem with the steel used to build the ship. But science is put to test by the divides in Belfast. The Protestant magnates, worried by the success of the Union, call in the Army to boycott a peaceful march. The Army sabotages the march in the Catholic area, causing accidents that seem organised by Catholic workers. Mark is there to show his respect for the workers. Sofia is there with Emily and the MacCann's younger brother, Conor. To everybody's shock, innocent school teacher Walter Hill, Emily's husband, is killed by a soldier. Mark only just manages to rescue Sofia from the havoc.
#19 - A Good Treason
Vikings Season 4 - Episode 1
Entry to Valhalla eludes Ragnar, but as he lies in his sick bed in Kattegat events unfold beyond his control. Bjorn orders the arrest of Floki for Athelstan's murder while in Paris, Rollo betrays the last of his Viking supporters to strengthen his position in the French court. In Hedeby, Kalf announces joint earldom with Lagertha, but is power sharing Kalf's true intention and is Lagertha actually willing to share what once was hers?
#20 - The Tipping Point
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 11
An accountant from the United States, Samuel, makes Mark feel jealous. Samuel is handsome and witty. He is American and unaware and uninterested in divisions. For Sofia, he represents a real temptation: Pietro is better and Mark still can't leave his job. Mark is still uncertain: he still hopes to find his daughter. Mark discovers what the girl's name was: Sarah. The girl might live in a small village outside Belfast. But the girl, who had indeed been living there, has left. They have moved to Belfast but no one knows where. Andrews fights, and looses, a memorable battle to equip Titanic more life boats. And while Pirrie and Churchill try to campaign for Home Rule in Belfast, the divide between the Catholic and Protestant communities has grown. Lord Pirrie, by now disillusioned with most of his liberal principles, falls ill.
#21 - Raid
Vikings Season 1 - Episode 5
In the Great Hall of Kattegat, a seer reads Earl Haraldson’s future and tells him that Ragnar Lothbrok searches for his death. The unanswerable question is whom do the gods favor more? As a man willing to defend his power and status to the death, Haraldson intends to take precautionary measures. Ragnar, his home and farm burned by the Earl is hurt but hidden safely away. He must now choose the path that will lead him back to his freedom.
#22 - Death of a Monarchy
The Tudors Season 4 - Episode 10
Finale - Henry’s thoughts turn to his own mortality with the news that his long-time friend and sometimes foe King Francis, and his unshakable soldier Charles Brandon, are each dying. As he faces death, Henry encounters the ghosts of his former wives who each get a chance to confront him. Hans Holbein paints a last, iconic portrait of the Tudor King.
#24 - Brother's War
Vikings Season 2 - Episode 1
The battle begins between Ragnar and King Horik's forces against Jarl Borg. Borg is joined by Rollo, and this Viking clash pits brother against brother. There can only be one victor. Meanwhile, Princess Aslaug makes her way to Kattegat and brings with her a surprise that leaves Ragnar in a difficult predicament.
#25 - Invasion
Vikings Season 2 - Episode 2
Four peaceful years have since passed with Ragnar as Earl. The time has come for an unlikely alliance to band together in pursuit of a common goal: a new raid on England. A storm pushes the Viking fleet to a new destination, and on the beaches of Wessex, Ragnar and his men may have met their match.
#26 - Bomber's Moon
Inspector George Gently Season 1 - Episode 2
When a German businessman is found dead in the sea just off the coast Gently and Bacchus get involved to find the killer and Bacchus, while having money problems, is put in a dilemma when offered a bribe by a suspect.
#27 - Burial of the Dead
Vikings Season 1 - Episode 6
Ragnar, weak and still hurt, must meet the Earl head-on after it comes to light that Rollo has been tortured on Haraldson’s orders. The two men will come together face to face with a single outcome possible: Only one man will leave this fight alive.
#28 - Trial
Vikings Season 1 - Episode 4
The Vikings head back to England to see what other treasures this new world has to offer. Ragnar and his crew sail out with Earl Haraldson's permission… and also with Earl Haraldson's spy. After bloodshed on the beach, the Vikings choose the Sabbath to invade the town of Hexam and unleash a flood of violence and panic. In the midst of the terror, Ragnar and Lagertha discover that there are consequences for every action and Earl Haraldson is always watching.
#31 - Desert Storm
Tyrant Season 2 - Episode 11
To secure military support, Barry takes advantage of a sandstorm to overrun the Caliphate’s military base. As the political tide shifts, Leila re-examines her loyalties and makes a bold play in the palace. Molly uses all the resources at her disposal to try and save Barry’s life.
#33 - Episode 8
Spooks Season 2 - Episode 8
A new series of strikes prompted by the unions has the team worried. And when news of a 'strike' by the army, Tom is sent undercover to investigate. Meanwhile Zoe takes charge back at the Grid and is tasked with moving spent uranium cells across the country after rail strikes prevent it taking it's usual route. Will it get to Dover on time? Or will it fall into the wrong hands?
#37 - Stained Steel
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 2
Dr. Mark Muir's real name is Marcas Malone, and he is the son of a Belfast Catholic dockworker, Sean. Sean is an old drunkard, broken by a life of unimaginable harshness. His only remaining pride lies in Mark. Now, Sean is worried that if Mark's identity were to be disclosed, he would lose his job at the Protestant - managed shipyard. But Mark is careful and guarded. He starts finding out things about the steel used that lead him into conflict with chief designer Thomas Andrews. In the meantime, social tension escalates. A prominent figure in the labor movement, Jim Larkin, is organizing the workers in Belfast. While Kitty Carlton seduces Mark with her elegant charms, Sofia gets more involved in her fight for freedom, which she interprets in a personal way, turning down her father's apprentice, Andrea Valle, much to her father's grief.
#42 - A City Divided
Titanic: Blood and Steel Season 1 - Episode 1
Dr. Mark Muir, a young American metallurgist, persuades American tycoon JP Morgan to hire him for the biggest shipping project the world has ever seen: RMS Titanic, at the Harland & Wolff shipyard, in Belfast. The shipyard's visionary Chairman takes the young scientist under his wing, introducing him to Belfast's Protestant elite. Mark quickly catches the eye of the charming, albeit spoilt, daughter of a magnate: Kitty Carlton. But he is also intrigued by a very different woman; Sofia Silvestri, an immigrant's daughter. Belfast, seen through Mark's eyes, is a city ridden with divisions of class and religion, from which, as a stranger, Mark should be far removed. But we soon discover that Mark is a man with a past mysteriously connected to the Catholic suburbs of Belfast.
#43 - The Death of a Queen
The Tudors Season 3 - Episode 4
The leaders of the Pilgrimage of Grace uprising are put to death, but Brandon is disturbed by the cruelty and mercilessness of the suppression; Henry celebrates the birth of a son but his joy is short-lived as Queen Jane dies within days.
#45 - Look to God First
The Tudors Season 1 - Episode 9
The fall from grace and power of Cardinal Wolsey is fast and merciless, with the one-time Lord Chancellor stripped of authority and influence. His replacement is an unusual choice: the morally righteous Sir Thomas More.
#46 - A New God
Vikings Season 5 - Episode 13
Heahmund must try to convince King Alfred that his actions are in defense of the Crown. Ubbe and Torvi strengthen the position of the Vikings but not all in the Viking camp support their strategy. Another settler disappears in Iceland.
#48 - His Majesty's Pleasure
The Tudors Season 2 - Episode 5
A miscarriage and her sister's impetuous marriage jeopardize the Boleyns' influence at court; after many failed attempts to coerce his endorsement of the king's powers, Sir Thomas More is ordered to be executed as a traitor by a reluctant Henry.
#49 - The Covenant
Crossbones Season 1 - Episode 2
Blackbeard's plans are complicated when a popular Pirate Captain comes to town and violently disagrees with his grand design. For his master plan to survive, Blackbeard must weigh the risks of ridding himself of a dangerous old friend. Meanwhile, trying to gain insight into the Commodore's mysterious endgame, Tom Lowe finds himself an unlikely instrument of Blackbeard's will.
#50 - The Act of Treason
The Tudors Season 2 - Episode 9
The fall from grace of Anne Boleyn is swift and complete, as the king grants greater powers to the family of his new love Jane Seymour, and accepts Thomas Cromwell's obviously trumped-up charges of adultery against the queen.
#51 - The Northern Uprising
The Tudors Season 3 - Episode 2
The rebellion now known as the "Pilgrimage of Grace" begins in earnest, with Henry dispatching Brandon to deal with the uprising; bedridden due to the recurrence of his jousting injury, Henry takes a new mistress: Lady Ursula Misseldon.
#52 - Secrets of the Heart
The Tudors Season 4 - Episode 9
In the Series Finale, Henry defeats one final political foe but faces his mortality after the deaths of both his best friend Charles Brandon and King Francis of France, and the ghosts of his former queens appear for a final confrontation.
#53 - Natural Ally
The Tudors Season 4 - Episode 4
The king's warm welcome in the North reinvigorates him but his queen's past catches up to her when a former lover appears with threats of blackmail, and an anonymous letter exposes her infidelities to Henry.
#54 - Episode 7
Spooks Season 2 - Episode 7
A French scientist has gone renegade and taken a top secret weapon called Firestorm with him, which he is threatening to sell to the highest bidder. Now he has ended up in the UK, and MI5 are forced to work with French Intelligence. But the British want the technology they have to steal the technology without the french finding out and using an agent that if caught has no affiliation to 5. But there is a burglary at Harry's flat which puts the operation in jeopardy, or does it?
#55 - Episode 8
Cold Feet Season 4 - Episode 8
The group flies to Sydney for Pete and Jo's wedding. David books a room with a view in an effort to make a new start with Karen. She emails Mark to tell him that the affair is over. Rachel meets with Lucy, who tells her she is screening men to father a child with, despite being a lesbian. Adam volunteers his banked sperm but Rachel talks him out of it. Pete meets Jo's rich father, Rod, who tries to pay him off after thinking he is marrying Jo only for money; Pete refuses. Mark arrives in Sydney, telling Karen he has left Geraldine to be with her. When David tells Karen that he wants the family to move to Australia, Mark reveals the affair, leading to a fight. Adam changes Rod's mind about Pete and the couple prepares to marry. Rachel goes into premature labour and is given a caesarean section. At the wedding, Pete is without a best man and the rings, so David and Karen offer theirs. Karen tries to talk to David after the ceremony, but he refuses and flies to England alone.
#56 - The Sword and the Crown
Camelot Season 1 - Episode 2
Arthur meets Guinevere, the woman of his dreams. Morgan and King Lot conspire to attack Camelot and take the throne. Merlin has Arthur reclaim the legacy sword in the stone to prove his worthiness as king.
#57 - Dissention and Punishment
The Tudors Season 3 - Episode 3
Henry reconciles with his estranged daughters Mary and Elizabeth in time for the Christmas holidays, but betrays and brutally suppresses the rebellion against him after making conciliatory promises to the uprising's leaders.
#58 - Episode 7
Cold Feet Season 4 - Episode 7
Rachel returns, ready for sex, but is worried Adam no longer finds her attractive because of her size. Karen meets Mark at a hotel where he has booked a room. She tells Rachel of her feelings for him and she tells her to do what she has to. At the book launch, Geraldine tells Karen that Mark has had many affairs before this one, though Mark later tells her he will leave Geraldine to be with her. Pete avoids sex with Jo, worried that she will not find him attractive naked. David's boss Natalie tasks him with making a list of redundancies. Hard pressed to come up with a good list, he puts everyone's name down, including his own, but accidentally emails it to the rest of the office. When the head of the company sees it, he fires Natalie and promotes David. When Jo's visa expires, she decides to go back to Australia, thinking he does not like her. He follows her and she proposes to him.
#60 - Bottom of the Pot
The Tudors Season 4 - Episode 5
The king is devastated to learn of his beloved queen's ribald past and present affairs, and banishes her from court, even as the investigation rounds up and tortures suspects.
#61 - You Have My Permission
The Tudors Season 4 - Episode 6
The newly single Henry surprises his countrymen by restoring his daughters to the royal succession, forging an unexpected political alliance, and manipulating events to marry an attractive, mature, and recent widow.
#62 - The Definition of Love
The Tudors Season 2 - Episode 6
The power of Thomas Cromwell spreads as he investigates the Church for corruption, even as the Pope denounces the execution of Sir Thomas More; the queen is rebuffed by the king of France, who refuses to recognize her daughter's legitimacy.
#63 - Episode 2
Cold Feet Season 5 - Episode 2
Pete and Jo are interviewed by the Immigration Department to confirm the legitimacy of their marriage. All goes well in the end but Pete starts to doubt Jo's real reason for getting married. Adam is made redundant so Rachel goes back to work.
#64 - Homecoming
Camelot Season 1 - Episode 1
In the wake of King Uther's sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther's unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur's cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new king, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur's harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination.
#65 - Civil Unrest
The Tudors Season 3 - Episode 1
Henry VIII weds a third time: to shy, demure noblewoman Jane Seymour, a union that he and his advisors pray will result in a male heir; once-loyal subjects rebel against Henry's crusade against Catholicism.
#68 - Phantom Lady
Altered Carbon Season 2 - Episode 1
Thirty years after the Bancroft case, a Meth tracks down Kovacs to offer him a job, a high-tech sleeve and a chance to see Quellcrist Falconer again.
#69 - Child Hood
Robin Hood (2006) Season 2 - Episode 3
When a group of boys accidentally stumbles on Gisborne's weapons testing site, all but one is taken prisoner. When the alarm's raised, Robin hatches a plan. But with Gisborne armed to the hilt in an indestructible suit of armour, a rescue attempt is more difficult than it might first appear. Robin must think fast if he's to save a boy's life and stop a vital part of the Sheriff's war machine...