UTV’s highly successful Lesser Spotted Ulster is returning to our screens in a new Sunday evening slot.
The new time gives UTV viewers the chance to round off the weekend in the relaxing company of the show’s presenter, Joe Mahon, one of Northern Ireland’s favourite television personalities.

Lesser Spotted Ulster explores the beautiful, but often overlooked nooks and crannies of the Ulster countryside while Joe exchanges banter with the locals.

This week, in the first of 10 programmes, we find Joe on the shores of Lough Swilly in north-west Donegal. Here, on the Lake of Shadows, he inspects the abandoned soldiers quarters at Fort Dunree and patrols the waters on a Lough Swilly lifeboat.

Joe Mahon whale watching with Emmet Johnson at Dunree, Co. Donegal

Joe does find some time to relax however – by walking through a labyrinth in search of inner calm and lighting up the lake at night.

Joe said: “In this series we travel around nine counties, making stops in towns and villages – as well as on lakes and islands. As we move from place to place, there’s a bit of music, a lot of story-telling and quite a few surprises in store as well!”

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said: This is now the 12th series of Lesser Spotter Ulster and it remains one of the most enduring and popular television programmes we have ever shown on UTV.

The new slot is the perfect way for Joe’s fans to bring the weekend to a gentle conclusion with some great local viewing. And remember, you can also catch up or watch the programme highlights again by logging on to u.tv and launching the UTV Player.

Lesser Spotted Ulster, sponsored by Glens of Antrim Potatoes, starts this Sunday 19th September at 6.45pm on UTV.