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TLC sets airdate for “Big Jig”

U.S. cable network TLC has given a new title and a fall airdate to the Irish dancing special unveiled at Discovery Communication's April upfront presentation.
September 11, 2012

U.S. cable network TLC has given a new title and a fall airdate to the Irish dancing special unveiled at Discovery Communication’s April upfront presentation.

The special, originally an eight-part series with a working title of Irish Dancing Tweens, will launch as Big Jig on October 9 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, and focuses on the competitive world of Irish dancing.

The special is TLC’s second focus on Irish dancing, having aired Sue Bourne’s documentary Jig on August 1.

The Big Jig follows five young American dancers – Marina, Julia, Emily, Grace and Julia, who are all aged 12 or younger – as they train and compete in the 2012 World Irish Dance Championships, held in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sirens Media’s cameras followed the competitors, who practiced more than 300 days a year, and their families as they journeyed to Belfast to compete.

A clip of the show can be watched here.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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