Sky's Ross Kemp joins Belfast Twelfth of July parade for new series of Extreme World
Ex-Eastenders tough guy joins loyalist demonstrations for new Sky series
Telly tough guy Ross Kemp was today experiencing what it’s like to join one Northern Ireland’s most contentious and volatile Twelfth parade.
The former EastEnders actor turned investigative journalist joined parading loyalists in north Belfast this morning for the new series of his Sky1 show Extreme World.
He was set for a first-hand insight into parading tensions one one of the most disputed parade routes.
Orangemen had vowed to protest after the Parades Commission banned a return leg of the parade from passing a mainly Catholic Ardoyne district.
The area has been the scene of fierce sectarian clashes in recent years between loyalists and republicans.
An Orange Order source said earlier in the week that no official approach had been made to the Order by the film makers, but they were aware of their intentions and happy to facilitate the documentary makers.
Kemp told the Guardian that reports that he had helped light a loyalist bonfire last night were "total bulls**t."
Earlier this year Kemp spent time in Londonderry, also for the forthcoming series of his show.
Kemp was at PSNI headquarters on Tuesday where he watched on as Chief Constable Matt Baggott gave a press conference ahead of the Twelfth.
And on Wednesday evening he talked to protesters in Ardoyne.
Kemp was photographed talking to both parade members and police officers this morning.
Currently in production, the documentary maker has just returned from Mumbai and Calcutta where he investigated India's sex-trafficking industry.
Previous programmes in the series have seen him infiltrate Venezuela's lawless prisons to lift the lid on Chavez's controversial regime, and in the Congo Kemp exposed the militias responsible for an epidemic of sexual violence against women.
He said: “I'm incredibly proud of the films we make for Sky 1.
“We remain dedicated to giving a voice to those caught up in some of the most extreme situations throughout the world.”
The third series of Extreme World will be screened in November.