Some of Ireland’s best known faces joined RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes in Montrose today to celebrate the launch of the new schedule.
Speaking at the launch, Dee Forbes said: “This new season of programmes on RTÉ One, RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player is a strong demonstration of RTÉ’s commitment to Irish public life and our island’s unique and merging cultures. Today, we have launched a collection of new home-produced drama, comedy, arts, entertainment, documentary and lifestyle programming that showcases an ever-broadening range of perspectives, with new voices, new faces and new themes. From the violent birth of our nation, captured in both drama and documentary, to the modern day heroes of the Rotunda Hospital – and sprinkled through with high-octane entertainment and sport – this new season explores all sides of Irish life, past and present. This blend of in-house and commissioned programming is a statement of intent; as the back-bone of the industry, RTÉ has to, wants to and needs to invest in Ireland’s audio-visual creative industry. RTÉ wants to do more, and the new season sees us take decisive steps in this direction.”
RTÉ’s Director of Content Jim Jennings said: “There is something for everyone in this year’s new RTÉ programming. Taking centre stage is an impressive range of new world class dramas and comedies, including Finding Joy and Taken Down. This season also boasts compelling new factual documentaries and series, which capture the real life drama of our viewers. We serve entertainment to family audiences like no other Irish broadcaster, with returning hits Dancing with the Stars and a turbo-charged Ireland’s Fittest Families, not to mention everyone’s favourite, The Late Late Toy Show. RTÉ promises to be with the nation for the big events, whether it’s the Pope’s visit, the commemoration of the War of Independence or on the field at Croke Park on All-Ireland final day.”
RTÉ’s Director of Audience, Channels and Marketing Adrian Lynch said: “Our audience is at the heart of what we do in RTÉ across all our platforms. In this new slate, featuring approximately 60 new series across multiple genres, our ambition is to serve our audience’s appetite for compelling content across RTÉ One, RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player. It is a real statement about the quality and ambition of the Irish creative industries. We know that Irish audiences respond to home-grown content and RTÉ is uniquely placed to serve that appetite.”
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Revealing Life’s Dramas
RTÉ is serving the Irish audience’s desire to see their stories on the screen with home-produced drama and innovative partnerships on productions with an Irish connection. Home productions include:
- Taken Down – A detective investigates the violent death of a young Nigerian immigrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre. From the team behind Love/Hate including writer Stuart Carolan plus best-selling novelist Jo Spain and starring Aissa Maiga, Lynn Rafferty, Orla Fitzgerald and Brian Gleeson.
- Resistance – Continuing the story of Ireland’s violent birth. The War of Independence rages on and everyone is fighting for their lives, and for the future. Starring Brian Gleeson, Simone Kirby and Natasha O’Keeffe.
- Fair City – Ireland’s most watched soap continues with Kerri-Ann caught off guard as her lies are exposed, and a familiar face returns with the intention of seeking revenge. This season, Fair City gets a HD makeover and the Carrigstown residents move to a brand new set.
Recognising the increasingly collaborative nature of 21st century television production, RTÉ is partnering with international broadcasters to deliver high quality productions on a global scale including:
- Death and Nightingales – The story of one young woman’s struggle to control her own destiny in Northern Ireland in the 1880s. A BBC production in association with RTÉ and starring Ann Skelly, Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan.
- Mother’s Day – The story of two mothers on either side of the Irish Sea for whom the Warrington Bombing had a profound, life-changing impact. Starring Vicky McClure, Anna Maxwell Martin, Daniel Mays and David Wilmot. A BBC production in association with RTÉ.
- Doing Money – The true story of Ana, snatched from the streets of London and put into sex slavery in Ireland. Stars Karen Hassan (The Fall) and Alex Secareanu (God’s Own Country). A BBC production in association with RTÉ.
In addition, RTÉ will broadcast the best of international drama with highlights including European ‘see it firsts’ of the second series of Mr Mercedes starring Brendan Gleeson and hit new series Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw and Owen McDonnell; as well as the sixth season of the ever popular local production Vikings.
World Class Irish Comedy
RTÉ is wholly committed to supporting the indigenous television industry, fostering and developing talent with new and returning comedy series.
- Finding Joy – Written by and starring Amy Huberman as Joy, a woman who finds herself thrust into the limelight as she tries to get over a break-up. Also starring Aisling Bea, Laura Whitmore and Jennifer Rainsford.
- Women on the Verge – Darkly comic tale about three friends whose lives are going in the wrong direction. Written by Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin and starring Horgan, Kerry Condon, Eileen Walsh and Nina Sosanya. Co-produced by UKTV and RTÉ.
- Podge and Rodge – Ballydung Manor is flinging open its doors again for celebrity roasting and scorching music acts. New co-host Doireann Garrihy joins the lads this year and may not know quite what she’s letting herself in for….
- Bridget & Eamon – Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea return for a fourth series of the comedy that has proved a hit with Irish and UK audiences.
Following the huge success of The Young Offenders series earlier this year, viewers can expect more from Conor and Jock.
Celebrating Our Rich Culture
Celebrating the breadth and diversity of Irish identity is a core part of RTÉ’s remit, both at home and abroad.
Now in its 57th year The Late Late Show will travel to London for a very special live programme celebrating the unique relationship between the Irish and our nearest neighbour. In his tenth year as Late Late host, Ryan Tubridy will be meeting the Irish who have made an impact across the water and talking to people in all walks of life about what it is like for the Irish in Britain today. Ambitious plans are also afoot for that most uniquely Irish of programmes, The Late Late Toy Show.
- Who Do You Think You Are? – Bertie Ahern, Laura Whitmore, Damien Dempsey, Adrian Dunbar, Pat Shortt and Samantha Power explore their roots in a new six-part series.
- Brendan O’Carroll’s Britain (Working Title) – The Mrs Brown’s Boys star explores the historic, sometimes turbulent bonds, between Ireland and Britain, the influence of the Irish on Britain and how Brexit is affecting their identity.
- Citizen Lane – Feature length docudrama written by Mark O’Halloran and starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor as Sir Hugh Lane, one of Ireland’s greatest philanthropists.
- Blue Diamond – One Love – Following a group of drama students with intellectual disabilities as they form their own touring stage company.
- Cosáin Cheol – Documentary exploring the modernisation of traditional music on the Irish and Scottish scenes over the past 60 years.
- Street Art – Examining the explosion of urban art throughout Ireland, meeting some of the most engaging, vibrant and visible artists and cultural commentators in the country right now.
- Great Lighthouses of Ireland – Captains, weather forecasters, scientists and historians and most crucially the keepers, attendants and their families tell the tales of these bastions of the Irish coastline.
- Shooting the Darkness – A film about the men who unwittingly became war photographers when the streets of their own town in Northern Ireland became battlefields in The Troubles.
- Féile – An Turas go Tipp! – Irish language documentary celebrating the early 90s music festival that holds a special place in the hearts of a generation of Irish people.
Continuing to bring positive stories from all around Ireland and Irish life, RTÉ Nationwide celebrates 25 years broadcasting.
Entertaining the Nation
Home of the biggest entertainment shows on Irish television, RTÉ brings families together for big event programming including Dancing with the Stars, returning for a third season with a brand new set of celebs tripping the light fantastic.
Viewers saw their bromance blossom on the recent series of Dancing with the Stars and now Marty Morrissey and Bernard O’Shea are taking to the road in Marty and Bernard’s Road Trip (Working Title).
Ireland’s Fittest Family is bigger than ever with daring new challenges designed by the world renowned ATS Team (The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior). New presenter Kathryn Thomas joins coaches Anna Geary, Davy Fitzgerald, Donncha O’Callaghan and Derval O’Rourke.
Brendan O’Connor launches a new interview show – Brendan O’Connor’s Time Out – and Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge returns later this year. Tommy Tiernan is back with another series of the hit chatshow, The Tommy Tiernan Show, where he hasn’t a clue who he is going to be talking to. Saturday night entertainment will be on the agenda for new series of The Ray D’Arcy Show and All Round to Mrs Brown’s.
Younger RTÉ2 viewers can look forward to a new series of Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes and new series Mini Moguls, currently in production, and Drop Dead Weird has been commissioned for a second series. A full line-up of programming for RTÉJr will be revealed later this year.
Across all genres, programming on RTÉ One and RTÉ2 will tackle all aspects of Irish life, from the very beginning with fly on the wall doc on the maternity wards of The Rotunda,through how the property market affects us all in Our Lives in Property: Oxmantown Road to how Ireland treats its elderly in Brendan Courtney’s We Need to Talk About Mam.
Other highlights include:
- Orla Tinsley – Documentary following Irish campaigner and journalist Orla Tinsley as she awaits a life saving double lung transplant in the US.
- Philly McMahon – The Hardest Hit – Drawing from personal experience the Dublin footballer explores the underbelly of illicit drug use in Ireland and makes the case for decriminalisation in Ireland.
- Whistleblower – Following publication of the report of the Disclosures Tribunal, Katie Hannon will present an in-depth documentary on the events leading up to the establishment of this unprecedented public inquiry and the inside story of the Tribunal itself.
- Vogue – Vogue Williams is back with three new shows exploring the life of Instagrammers, trial by social media and whether monogamy has a future.
- Dearbhail McDonald: Fertility Shock – Exploring how Irish people are leaving it later to have babies and how fewer children combined with an ageing population is a demographic time-bomb.
- Stephen Byrne – Leaving Again (Working Title) – Broadcaster Stephen Byrne destroyed his Leaving Cert results before finding out how he did. Now he’s doing the unthinkable and sitting the exam all over again.
- Brendan Grace – Funny Man – Revealing portrait celebrating the life and career of one of Ireland’s most popular and enduring comedians.
- Growing Old Live (Working Title) – Ireland’s top researchers and scientists reveal the mysteries of the human life span from 0 to 100, live in front of a studio audience over three nights.
Viewers will also be getting an insight into how the other half lives. Drogheda actress Yasmine Akram test drives some of the most lavish Air BnBs on the planet in Billionaire BnBs and Dermot Bannon visits some of the world’s most jaw dropping homes from London to Australia in Dermot Bannon’s Homes. The hugely successful Ireland’s Rich List, presented by Joe O’Shea, returns for a new series.
On the flip side, financial planning series How to Be Good With Money sees Eoin McGee help households, some struggling, others less so, to get a grip on their finances. And Brendan Courtney returns with a second series of This Crowded House, following 12 Irish families as their adult children try to fly the coop during a property crisis.
Dr Eva Orsmond returns with Dr Eva’s Great Escape, a searingly honest documentary series following the obesity expert and her family as they leave the rat race behind to set up a brand new weight loss clinic in Portugal. And Baz Ashmawy helps dreams come true in his own inimitable style on brand new three-part series Wingman.
And Daniel and Majella O’Donnell are off to America for a road trip taking them from Chicago to North Dakota in Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip.
RTÉ is the nation’s go to broadcaster for coverage of major national events on an unrivalled scale and this year will see extensive live coverage of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Ireland and documentaries including The John Pauls, a documentary following the 38-year-olds named after the last Pope to visit Ireland and how Ireland has changed over their lifetime.
As the country marks the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence, a series of RTÉ programmes will confront the nation’s turbulent birth. The War of Independence season includes:
- The Irish Revolution – a three-part landmark documentary bringing a fresh perspective on a period that changed Ireland forever. Narrated by Cillian Murphy.
- Life Before Independence – presented by Catriona Crowe, documents what everyday life was like for the ordinary citizens living during that extraordinary period in our history.
- Keepers of the Flame – Emmy winner Nuala O’Connor tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war.
In a special event, Election 1918 presented by David McCullagh, re-enacts how Ireland’s only 32-county election and its momentous results would have been covered by modern television. Ar Son na Poblachta continues its illuminating look back at Irish history, by examining little-known stories from the War of Independence.
This season will see the unveiling of a brand new look for RTÉ News as its studio under goes a major refurbishment and technical upgrade. Broadcasting over 1,000 news bulletins each year, this will be the first refurbishment of the studio in ten years, with the brand new look being launched on-air in early 2019. This autumn also sees the return ofPrime Time and Claire Byrne Live with more live studio debate, more revelations uncovered by RTÉ Investigates and The Big Picture looks set to shine a light on another key societal issue across RTÉ platforms. As the country looks ahead to a likely presidential election and referendums, the Budget, and the marking the centenary of the end of the first World War, RTÉ News & Current Affairs will deliver unrivalled comprehensive coverage. Early 2019 will also see programming marking the centenary the first Dáil and the outbreak of the War of Independence.
Carrying on from an unprecedented summer of sport in 2018 RTÉ Sport will continue to bring Irish audiences the big games, big moments and big stories in Irish sport beginning with the All Ireland Finals in Hurling, Football and Camogie. On All-Ireland Hurling Final day, The Dressing Room on Sunday Sport will air on RTÉ Player and RTÉ News Now with Jacqui Hurley and Darren Frehill joined by a panel for a very different type of discussion around this year’s match.
Ground-breaking films and documentaries this season include: Katie, directed by Ross Whitaker and following champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail it; plus 1982: Prayers of the Faithful the story of the most un-fancied team to ever win an All-Ireland football title as Offaly beat a Kerry team considered to be the greatest in GAA history.
Ireland’s Greatest Sportsperson will see the search for Ireland’s greatest sportsperson from the 1960s to the 2000s with Des Cahill and Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Darragh Maloney will once again celebrate the heroes of Irish sport at The RTÉ Sport Awards.
- Guinness Series – Irish men’s Rugby team take on Argentina, New Zealand and the USA at the Aviva Stadium in November
- Women’s 6 Nations, begins February
- The All-Ireland Hurling Final, August 19
- The All-Ireland Camogie Final, August 26
- The All-Ireland Football Final, September 2
- The Republic of Ireland’s UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers from March 2019
- UEFA Champions League Live moves to Tuesday nights
- FAI Cup Finals Day, November 4
- World Rowing Championships from Bulgaria (9 – 16 September)
- Christmas Racing from Leopardstown (26- 29 December)
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NOTES TO EDITOR
DRAMA & COMEDY
***NEW Taken Down – The creative team behind Love/Hate, Spiral Pictures’ Stuart Carolan (writer/ executive producer), Suzanne McAuley (executive producer) and David Caffrey (director) are joined by best-selling novelist Jo Spain to bring this brand new crime series to RTÉ and international audiences. The series centres around the investigation into the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant found abandoned close to a Direct Provision Centre. Stars: Aissa Maiga; Lynn Rafferty; Brian Gleeson; Orla Fitzgerald and Barry Ward.
***NEW Resistance – Set during the War of Independence, four years after the events of Rebellion, Resistance follows our characters as they fight for their lives and their future.We explore how the events of the War of Independence, culminating in Bloody Sunday, change their lives, their sense of themselves, their families and their society. Starring: Brian Gleeson, Simone Kirby, Natasha O’Keeffe, Michael Ford-Fitzgerald and Jordanne Jones
***NEW Mother’s Day – The story of two mothers on either side of the Irish Sea for whom the Warrington Bombing had a profound, life-changing impact. Starring Vicky McClure, Anna Maxwell Martin, Daniel Mays and David Wilmot. A BBC production in association with RTÉ.
***NEW Doing Money – The true story of Ana, snatched from the streets of London and put into sex slavery in Ireland. Stars Karen Hassan (The Fall) and Alex Secareanu (God’s Own Country). A BBC production in association with RTÉ.
***NEW Death and Nightingales – The story of one young woman’s struggle to control her own destiny in Northern Ireland in the 1880s. A BBC production in association with RTÉ and starring Ann Skelly, Matthew Rhys and Jamie Dornan.
***NEW Finding Joy – Written by and starring Amy Huberman as Joy, a woman who finds herself thrust into the limelight as she tries to get over a break-up. Also starring Aisling Bea, Laura Whitmore and Jennifer Rainsford.
***NEW Women on the Verge – Darkly comic tale about three friends whose lives are going in the wrong direction. Written by Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin and starring Horgan, Kerry Condon, Eileen Walsh and Nina Sosanya. Co-produced by UKTV and RTÉ.
***NEW Killing Eve – RTÉ viewers get to see the hit new assassin drama first. Stars Sandra Oh as an MI5 officer hunting down a talented psychopathic assassin (Jodie Comer). Also stars Fiona Shaw and Owen McDonnell.
RETURNING: Mr Mercedes; The Big Bang Theory; Young Sheldon; Vikings, Homeland, Bridget & Eamon, The Young Offenders, Grey’s Anatomy, The Tommy Tiernan Show, Blue Bloods; Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas and New Year Specials.
***NEW Marty and Bernard’s Road Trip (Working Title) – Marty Morrissey and Bernard O’Shea continue their Dancing with the Stars bromance, taking to the road in a series of road trips discovering everything from extreme male grooming to surviving in the wilderness Bear Grylls style.
***NEW Podge & Rodge – Ballydung Manor is flinging open its doors again for celebrity roasting and scorching music acts. Joining them is new co-host in Doireann Garrihy.
***NEW Brendan O’Connor’s Time Out – Brendan O’Connor gets up close and personal with people in the public eye, discussing the big moments that have turned out to define their lives and have made them the person they are today.
***NEW Vogue – Vogue Williams is back with three new documentaries delving into the world of social media and modern relationships – checking out the life of an Instagrammer; trial by social media; and asking is monogamy dead.
***Ireland’s Fittest Family – New host Kathryn Thomas joins coaches Anna Geary, Davy Fitzgerald, Donncha O’Callaghan and Derval O’Rourke for the most ambitious series of the family fitness challenge show yet.
***Mini Moguls – Five teenagers apply for the opportunity of a lifetime – a chance to meet the famed, mysterious and dashing YouTuber, Max Mogul but as they compete for the chance to become rich and famous themselves, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.
Returning: Dancing With The Stars: The Late Late Show; The Late Late Toy Show; The Ray D’Arcy Show; Winning Streak; Eurovision Song Contest; Rose of Tralee; Up for the Match; Pat Shortt’s Music from D’Telly; Fleadh Cheoil; Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge; Bernard Dunne’s Mythical Heroes.
FACTUAL & LIFESTYLE
***NEW Sea Swimming – Documentary following eight people whose sea swimming has helped them overcome grief, manage mental and physical health or given them a chance to hit the reset button.
*** NEW Our Mental Health – Documentary following young Irish people as they open up about their mental health struggles to help cast light on our understanding of depression and anxiety.
***NEW One Day – The One Day documentary strand goes behind the scenes for 24 hours in three more areas of Irish life – covering beauty, tourism and cleaning/waste.
***NEW Keepers of the Flame – Emmy winner Nuala O’Connor tells the story of generations dealing with the consequences of war and civil war.
***NEW Philly McMahon – The Hardest Hit – Philly McMahon, who lost his brother to addiction, explores the underbelly of illicit drug use and makes a case for decriminalising drugs in Ireland.
***NEW Life Before Independence – presented by Catriona Crowe, documents what everyday life was like for the ordinary citizens living during that extraordinary period in our history.
***NEW Let It Linger – Documentary celebrating the life and legacy of the late Dolores O’Riordan.
***NEW Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip – Daniel and Majella O’Donnell head to America, travelling from Chicago to North Dakota in an RV. Where they go and what they do will be up to the fans and the good people of the Mid-West.
***NEW The Irish Revolution – Three-part landmark documentary narrated by Cillian Murphy telling the story of the Irish revolution from its origins through to the Civil War. Produced by Tyrone and Create One productions for RTÉ One in association with UCC.
***NEW Growing Old Live (Working Title) – Ireland’s leading scientists and researchers unlock the mysteries of the human lifetime from 0 to 100 across three consecutive nights, live in front of a studio audience. Produced by Loosehorse in partnership with RTÉ and Science Foundation Ireland.
***NEW Brendan O’Carroll’s Britain (Working Title) – Brendan O’Carroll sets out to explore the sometimes-turbulent yet historic bonds of identity between Britain and Ireland, discovering the contribution the Irish emigrant community has made to building Britain.
***NEW Election 1918 Election 1918, presented by David McCullagh, explores how modern television would report an election that saw the rise of Sinn Féin, the electoral emergence of the Unionists in Ulster, the abstention of the left and the enfranchisement of Irish women.
***NEW Stephen Byrne – Leaving Again – Broadcaster Stephen Byrne shredded his original Leaving Cert results before opening them but now he’s doing the unthinkable and sitting it all over again.
***NEW The John Pauls – The stories of some of the one in ten people called John Paul after the Pope’s 1979 visit and how their lives reflect how Ireland has changed in the intervening decades.
***NEW Guns and Rosaries – Martin Sheen narrates this fascinating documentary on Fr Patrick Peyton, the Irish-American priest who brought Hollywood celebrities and millions across the globe to their knees in praying the Rosary.
***NEW Dr Eva’s Great Escape – This three-part documentary series follows Dr Eva Orsmond and her South African husband, Wyatt, as they pursue a dream to transform a rundown Portuguese hotel into a destination weight loss hotel in the sun.
***NEW We Need to Talk About Mam – Brendan Courtney and his mum Nuala embark on a cross-generational journey to discover the realities of growing old in a country that doesn’t seem to be sympathetic or supportive of its rapidly aging population.
***NEW Whistleblower – After publication of the Disclosures Tribunal report, Katie Hannon will present an in-depth documentary on the events leading up to the establishment of this unprecedented public enquiry and the inside story of the Tribunal itself.
***NEW Who Do You Think You Are? –Six very different Irish celebrities – Damien Dempsey, Pat Shortt, Laura Whitmore, Bertie Ahern, Adrian Dunbar and Samantha Power – embark on a quest to uncover their own family history.
***NEW Wingman – Baz Ashmawy plays wingman as he guides his charges on a journey toward making their dreams become a reality. No dream is too big or too small for the Wingman.
***NEW I, Dolours – A cinematic yet intimate and complex portrait of Dolours Price, militant IRA activist, hunger striker and dissident Republican who two years before she died gave a filmed interview on condition that it would not be broadcast in her lifetime. Now for the first time her story can be told in full and entirely in her own words.
***NEW Now You See Me – Four part series with Irish drivers swapping their cars for bikes in a week-long commuter challenge and checking out some of the best and worst cycle cities across Europe.
***NEW Dermot Bannon’s Homes – Ireland’s favourite architect packs his bags once more and goes on a road trip to visit some of the world’s most amazing homes, travelling as far as Australia.
***NEW Blue Diamond – One Love – Following a group of drama students with intellectual disabilities as they form their own touring stage company.
***NEW How to Be Good With Money – Eoin McGee helps a household get to grips with their finances as they work toward a clear goal or aspiration, with a full financial audit and clear financial plan.
***NEW Billionaire B’n’B – Yasmine Akram finds out where the rich and the famous spend their leisure time as she test drives some of the most stunning high end rentals on the planet.
***NEW Orla Tinsley – Charting Orla Tinsley’s journey as she faces the long wait for a double lung transplant in New York.
***NEW Our Lives in Property: Oxmantown Road – The story of Ireland’s property market as experienced by the residents on one Dublin street over the past 50 years, from boom to bust and back again.
***NEW Dearbhail McDonald: Fertility Shock – We go on an intimate journey with journalist Dearbhail McDonald as she explores how fewer children, combined with an ageing population, is storing up a very real demographic time-bomb for Ireland.
***NEW Brendan Grace – Funny Man – Combining archive footage, interviews with friends, family and fans, for the first time ever, Brendan Grace lays his life and career bare in a revealing portrait of Ireland’s favourite funny man.
***NEW Féile – An Turas go Tipp! – Irish language documentary celebrating the early 90s music festival that holds a special place in the hearts of a generation of Irish people.
***NEW Cosáin Cheol – Documentary exploring the modernisation of traditional music on the Irish and Scottish scenes over the past 60 years.
***NEW Phil Lynott: Scéalta ón Old Town – A half-hour documentary that tells the story behind one of the most iconic Irish pop music videos of all time, Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town”.
***NEW Neven’s Spanish Food Trails – Neven visits Andalusia in the south west of Spain, trying a huge range of local produce, and cooking a dish inspired by the food he has discovered at each location.
Returning: Home of the Year; First Dates Ireland; Home Rescue (formerly Desperate Houses); Find Me A Home; Liveline Callback; Donal Skehan’s Meals in Minutes; Taste of Home; 10 Things to Know, Eco Eye; This Crowded House; Ireland’s Rich List; Operation Transformation; Nationwide; The Geansaí; Ar Son na Poblactha, First Dates Ireland
ARTS & CULTURE
***New Citizen Lane – Feature-length docu-drama written by Mark O’Halloran, directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan and starring Tom Vaughan Lawlor as Sir Hugh Lane. It tells the story of one of Ireland’s great philanthropists: the aesthete, art collector and socialite Hugh Lane.
***NEW The Abbey: A Riot of Their Own – Observational documentary following the Scottish and Welsh directors through their first year at the helm of Ireland’s National Theatre.
***NEW Shooting the Darkness – Film examining how press photographers in Northern Ireland transitioned from light and breezy photocalls, cheque presentations and handshakes to recording bombings, shootings and terror, their images emblazoned on front pages of newspapers across the world. Co-production with Arte and the BAI.
***NEW Street Art Following the fortunes of some of Ireland’s most controversial and successful street artists to see how their work is fast redefining the role of the visual arts in modern-day Ireland.
***NEW Chester Beatty – Honorary Irishman – On the 50th anniversary of his death, this film celebrates the great collector and philanthropist, examining why be became a benefactor to Ireland and its first honorary citizen.
***NEW Great Lighthouses of Ireland The series breaks new ground in looking at the heritage of the coastal sentinels which helped to ensure the island’s survival and guarded the trade routes into Ireland and the western approaches into Europe. We tell the stories of the buildings, the people, and what they witnessed.
***NEW Schrodinger – What is Life? – Nobel Prize winner Prof Erwin Schrödinger fled to Ireland to escape Nazi persecution in 1938 and went onto do some of his greatest work in Ireland. This documentary explores the legacy of his a 1943 lecture given at Trinity whose impact continues to affect us all today.
Returning: The An Post Irish Book Awards
***NEW Katie – Directed by Ross Whitaker (Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story), KATIE follows champion boxer Katie Taylor as she attempts to rebuild her career after a year of turmoil threatened to derail her career.
***NEW 1982: Prayers of the Faithful – This is the story of when the most unfancied team to ever win an All-Ireland football title – Offaly – beat a Kerry team considered to be the greatest in GAA history. A team that came from nowhere to upset the odds when Seamus Darby scored the most famous goal in GAA history to send shockwaves through Irish sport.
***NEW Ireland’s Greatest Sportsperson – The search is on for Ireland’s greatest sportsperson from the 1960s to the 2000s with Des Cahill and Evanne Ní Chuilinn.
On the morning of the All-Ireland hurling final join Jacqui Hurley and Darren Frehill from RTÉ Radio 1’s Sunday Sport at 11.30am for The Dressing Room, a unique preview programme ahead of the big match live from the Croke Park Hotel. Jacqui and Darren will be joined by panellists John Mullane, Shane McGrath, Tomas Mulcahy and Anthony Daly who will share their insight, opinions and expertise as the throw in gets nail-bitingly close.