Series 1 of Kenn il-Bahhara was screened on TVM between January and March 2011
Kenn il-Bahhara is a series of high level television productions that sets out to inform the general public about our history and recorded events. This 30 minute television documentary series traces the Grand Harbour`s history to our times and beyond. Each programme analyses a number of events and historic buildings which dot the harbour`s surroundings. It also focuses on personalities connected to the harbour area. The various communities with particular ways of living, crafts, and heritage form a rich kaleidoscope of information which constitutes a particular identity for the harbour region of Malta and for Maltese history as a whole.
The programmes are backed by archive material - both video and printed, and by comments from historians, experts and eyewitnesses. The list includes professors Anthony Bonanno, Dominic Fenech, Dr Stephen Spiteri, Dr. Keith Sciberras, Dr. Albert Ganado and Judge Giovanni Bonello, veteran journalist and author John A Mizzi, researchers Joe Abela, Victor Wickman, Manuel Magro Conti, Godwin Vella and Lino Bugeja. Documented features range from the Great Siege of 1565 to life in and around the harbour during the Second World War as well as its use by the foreign powers
that controlled Malta throughout the ages, the many fortifications that surround Malta`s Grand Harbour and features on palaces, churches and communities in Valletta, Floriana, Marsa, Paola, Senglea, Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Kalkara.
Amongst the many entities assisting the production are Heritage Malta, the Restoration Unit of the Ministry for Resources & Infrastructure, the Sovereign Order of the Knights of St John, and the national Library and archives together with the PBS archives department.
Filming in broadcast HD was carried out by Alvin Scicluna who was also the series producer and director. CVC Media unit led by George Scicluna was responsible for all post production. The programmes were researched and scripted by veteran journalist John Inguanez who also coordinated the filming stage. Kenn il-Bahhara was presented by Malta`s leading journalist Joe Dimech. CVC Media is envisaging to produce another series of thirteen programmes. The programmes can be accessed via this website whilst DVDs of the series can be obtained from CVC Media archives unit.