With so much history and its beautiful rural location, it is little wonder that television crews have been regular visitors to Brookhall Farm over the last thirty years. Here is a little look back at some of the highlights of Brookhall’s television archives.
Lisa Looks Back
Filmed by Channel 4 in the late 1990s, “Lisa Looks Back” was an innovative series of five programmes that gave an understanding of the changes since the 1950s through the stories told to a little girl called Lisa by her grandmother. Granny lived at Brookhall Farm and Lisa was a regular visitor where she got to experience farming the way it used to be.
For over a week, Brookhall was taken over by cameramen, actors, soundmen and make-up artists whilst they filmed the series. The farm animals certainly enjoyed their moment of fame as well as Brookhall’s old Massey Ferguson tractor or “the wee grey Fergie” as it is affectionately known as. The neighbours were also startled to see the actors walking about in costume as the past came to life before their eyes.
Rare Breed Animals
With a wide array of rare animal breeds including Vietnamese pot bellied pigs, UTV’s Frank Mitchell popped out to Brookhall to see them for himself for a news article. Brookhall owner Pauline Johnston was interviewed by Frank who was particularly enamoured with the tiny Highland calf Heather but he stayed well clear of “George and Mildred”, the goose and gander.
Like other old buildings, Brookhall has had rumours of ghostly goings on around the farm and buildings. BBC NI presenter William Crawley interviewed Brookhall owners Pauline and Sam Johnston for a programme about ghost hunting in Northern Ireland. Nothing was caught on camera … yet!
So keep an eye out on BBC NI and UTV as you never know when Brookhall may feature in a future television programme.
Brookhall Farm Estate is a few miles from Lisburn City Centre. With its own 12th century church building and onsite self-catering cottages, Brookhall is the perfect wedding venue for couples looking for an idyllic rural setting for their special day.