The 2013/14 season on RTE television.
RTÉ One Factual will be offering viewers a wide range of powerful one-off documentaries which promise to stimulate debate around important topics such as class, education, and surrogacy. These include the Sundance Award-winner The Summit, about the deadliest day in modern mountain climbing history; My Lockout which gives a unique insight into the most famous labour dispute in Irish history and, as the legal debate around surrogacy plays out in our courts, Surrogacy goes beyond the constitutional debate to tell the human stories behind the headlines.
New to our screens is atmospheric thriller Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne as chief pathologist-turned-detective in 1950s Dublin. This season will also bring network premieres of the award-winning, indigenous movies What Richard Did and The Guard, both of which have been co-produced by RTÉ.
In new Entertainment series for RTÉ One, Hector Ó hEochagáin crosses the border into Northern Ireland for the very first time and Des Bishop ventures to China in an attempt to deliver a successful comedy show through a language he doesn’t yet speak.
Sinead Kennedy joins Marty Whelan as the new presenter of Winning Streak. Plus Ryan Tubridy and Brendan O’Connor return with The Late Late Show and The Saturday Night Show and this season also sees the return of the hugely-popular The Voice of Ireland and Irish Pictorial Weekly.
On RTÉ One Lifestyle, Mairead Farrell is looking to find Ireland’s Fittest Family and the all-new Design Doctors are here with practical tips and inspiring ideas to help us make the most of our homes. A new medical series, Doctor on Call, sees Dr Johnny Walker use the latest cutting edge technology to diagnose and treat communities around Ireland and Áine Lawlor re-traces the steps of her journey to overcome breast cancer.
The focus in Arts this season is on creating major events which bring the public and artists together to generate debate and discussion around Irish culture. The Play Next Door is a major three-part series which challenges three well-known writers to deliver a television play under unusual circumstances. Other documentaries include profiles on Myrtle Allen, Pauline Bewick and John Boorman along with the return of The Works and The Bord Gais Energy Book Awards.
In a country of great storytellers, RTÉ One’s Cláracha Gaeilge bring viewers some of the very best. Scannál looks back at more of the scandals that shocked, outraged, amused and incited the nation and Cloch le Carn remembers Maeve Binchy and Ciarán MacMathúna.
RTÉ One continues to feature a broad range of religious expression from all the major Christian denominations and Ireland’s minority faith communities through its religious programming. Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh is back with The Moment of Truth and Gay Byrne’s The Meaning of Life returns with more interviews from major figures from all walks of Irish and international public life.
Following their success on the Republic of Telly, Damo and Ivor are back on RTÉ Two with a brand new comedy/drama alongside a stellar cast including Rik Mayall (The Young Ones), Ruth McCabe (Single-Handed), and Norma Sheehan (Moone Boy). Katherine Lynch returns to our screens with a new sitcom, The Centre, which follows six weeks in the life of St Bartholomew’s Community Centre. And comedian Kevin McGahern is the new presenter of the Republic of Telly which returns along with other favourites Don’t Tell The Bride and The Mario Rosenstock Show.
Maia Dunphy takes a look at the issues affecting women in 21st century Ireland in a new series Maia Dunphy’s What Women Want. The Reality Bites series returns with eight new one-off documentaries that reflect modern Irish life including Nightshift which documents a night in the life of those who are only starting their day’s work as we lie tucked up in bed,
Angela Scanlon explores one of Ireland’s most distinctive and best-known features, our red hair in Oi Ginger! and Vogue MacFadden presents Vogue Does Home and Away. Plus there are new one-off Format Farms such as Away With A Stranger and My Best Shot, a new studio dating game show.
RTÉ Two maintains its commitment to bring Irish viewers the very best of international drama this season with brand new acquired dramas including the Irish-based series Vikings, Stephen King’s Under The Dome, plus the return of big-hitting series including Revenge, Homeland and Mad Men.
Thanks Tara O’Brien/Fergus McCormack