77 episodes

The teams assume nothing as they examine events through fresh eyes.

Assume Nothing BBC Radio Ulster

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The teams assume nothing as they examine events through fresh eyes.

    Episode 6: The Maze

    Episode 6: The Maze

    Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems.

    As the maid starts her new life at Brides, she finds the work physically demanding but spiritually rewarding. However, when a much-loved house keeper leaves the community, the maid soon becomes unhappy and decides to leave – but events take a dark turn.

    After a court case and a dispute over ownership of the house, the Silver Sisterhood leave Burtonport – where do they go, and what happens to the mysterious headmistress?

    Produced and presented by Conor McKay
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    A BBC Northern Ireland Production

    • 23 min
    Episode 5: The Maid

    Episode 5: The Maid

    Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems.

    The headmistress discusses the philosophy behind the Silver Sisterhood’s computer games and explores their complicated relationship with physical discipline – which they feel was misunderstood by the outside world.

    A young student finds a strange book in her local bookshop and decides to visit the Silver Sisters in Donegal.

    Produced and presented by Conor McKay

    Executive Editor: Andy Martin

    A BBC Northern Ireland Production

    • 22 min
    Episode 4: The Headmistress

    Episode 4: The Headmistress

    Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems.

    Patrick in Burtonport recalls visiting the house to photograph images of the Silver Sisterhood’s new computer game, The Secret of St Brides - but he is surprised by what he finds inside.

    Conor finally makes contact with the mysterious headmistress of St Brides School and she agrees to talk about her time in Burtonport – what can she reveal about the Silver Sisters time in the house?

    Produced and presented by Conor McKay
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    A BBC Northern Ireland Production

    • 20 min
    Episode 3: A Flash in the Dark

    Episode 3: A Flash in the Dark

    Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems.

    Conor travels to Burtonport to find out what locals remember about the Silver Sisterhood. He hears strange tales of women running through the street at midnight wearing clogs, reports of a ‘padded room’ - and the retired postmaster recalls a dispute involving another group who lived in the house before the Silver Sisterhood arrived - a cult known as ‘The Screamers’.

    A local woman reveals why she had a unique reason to visit the house, an experience she has never forgotten – and Conor decides to make contact with the enigmatic former headmistress of St Brides, but she is known for being elusive. Will she respond?

    Produced and presented by Conor McKay

    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    A BBC Northern Ireland Production

    • 19 min
    Episode 2: The Flickering Candle

    Episode 2: The Flickering Candle

    Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems.

    A BBC crew attends the opening ceremony for the school, hosted by an enigmatic headmistress who appears to change her name regularly – but what is the real purpose of St Brides?

    A newspaper journalist visits the house and recalls a strange evening full of unexpected surprises, what can she reveal?

    Meanwhile, Conor tracks down a former resident of the house who helps him piece together more parts of puzzle – but is she prepared to tell her own story?

    Produced and presented by Conor McKay
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    A BBC Northern Ireland Production

    • 16 min
    Episode 1: The Silver Sisterhood

    Episode 1: The Silver Sisterhood

    Ireland, 1984. St Brides School for young ladies opens its doors in the quiet fishing village of Burtonport, county Donegal - but all is not as it seems.

    The mistresses and ‘girls’ appear to believe that they live not only in a different century, but in an entirely different world.

    They are The Silver Sisterhood, a deeply religious group of women who worship a feminine God. They wear Victorian clothing, reject modernity and live by candlelight – but mysteriously they also begin to release a series of strange computer games apparently based on their unique school and unusual beliefs. Their strange way of life soon gives rise to rumour and speculation, but is any of it true - or is their alternative lifestyle simply fuelling suspicion?

    Who are these women, what are they doing in Burtonport - and what is really going behind the doors of St Brides?

    Produced and presented by Conor McKay
    Executive Editor: Andy Martin
    A BBC Northern Ireland Production

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

SW TM ,

Utterly superb

Having listened to 2 of the series in a week I can honestly say that this is the best podcast I have ever listened to. The standard of the writing, unbiased delivery of the facts, and such emotional stories have moved me to tears. Do yourself a favour and give this the time it so richly deserves.

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