Entertainment programming on RTÉ Television for Spring 2011

The Savage Eye
Described by many as the best comedy show in Ireland, The Savage Eye returned in January with David McSavage’s satirical and often surreal examination of subjects close to the hearts of the Irish people.

Mrs Brown’s Boys
In this new six-part series on RTÉ One, comedian Brendan O’Carroll stars as Agnes Brown, a hilarious, foul-mouthed Dublin matriarch who interferes in the lives of her children and friends.

The All Ireland Talent Show
One of last year’s highest rating programmes, The All Ireland Talent Show continues its mission to uncover the most engaging, exciting, impressive and entertaining talents in Ireland. As the live studio heats started in January, five acts representing their five regions and five judges battle each week for a place in the final and a chance to win that €50,000 prize.

Trivia
This new RTÉ comedy-drama series explores the relationships between the four members of a table quiz team in a small town in Monaghan as they close in on victory for 52 consecutive weeks. David Pearse plays Lawrence, the overly-obsessed captain; Keith McErlean is his long-suffering best friend Adam; Olivia Caffrey is Cathy Boyle, who has feelings for Adam who is also her boss and Janet Moran plays the star recruit Molly who opens Lawrence’s eyes to the world. Aoibhinn McGinnity plays Tara, the quiz master/MC.

Every week, the four join together as “The Team with No Name” to take part in a local pub quiz. Each of the four has their own particular reason for taking part. Lawrence is the only one who does it for the sake of the quiz itself. Almost everything Lawrence does, in fact, is done for some quiz-related reason. He has formed the mistaken opinion that his vast reservoir of useless knowledge is the only thing he has going for him and he goes out of his way to display it on a daily basis. His best (and only friend), Adam, tries to keep a check on these obsessive tendencies, but it’s a thankless task. Adam’s colleague Cathy, meanwhile, finds Lawrence laughable at best. Her motivation for taking part in the quiz is simple – she is in love (or in lust, at least) with Adam and wants to spend as much time as possible in his company.

The Late Late Show
The Late Late Show is Ireland’s most popular and prestigious television show and is the longest running chat show in the world.
Presented by Ryan Tubridy, this uniquely Irish institution is still the most popular programme on television in Ireland.

The Saturday Night Show
Presented by well-known journalist and broadcaster, Brendan O’Connor, continues to bring viewers a lively mix of chat, celebrity, music and entertainment every Saturday night.