From top: group photo; Claire Byrne, Jennifer Zamperelli, Ryan Tubridy; (l-r) Zainab Boladale, Keelin Shanley and Caitriona Perry; Brendan Courteny and his mother Nuala; (l-r) Kathryn Thomas, Jenny Dixon, Anna Geary; group photo; group photo; (l-r) Ryan Tubridy, Kathryn Thomas, Nicky Byrne, Ray D’Arcy, Tommy Tiernan, Joanne Cantwell, and Brendan O Connor.

This morning.

Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

RTÉ announced its Autumn and New Year schedule in  comedy, drama, documentary and lifestyle programming.

To wit:

Drama

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.’

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.’

Comedy

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…’

Factual

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 – ‘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.’

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  ‘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 – ‘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.’

War of Independence

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.’

FIGHT!

RTÉ launches first-rate new autumn season (RTÉ)

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43 thoughts on “On The Box

  1. AFoxIndeed

    i can’t wait for podge and rodge to not take the p*ss out of people you would actually hope they would. Instead choosing to kiss their backsides.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Cousin Marty might pop around for a visit too. He can catch up with Cousin Doireann whilst he’s there.

      The co-productions look interesting and the cast of Mother’s Day is top notch! Same with Women on the Verge, Sharon Horgan is a brilliant writer and actor.

      I really don’t get the point of talent vaccuums Nicky Byrne and Vogue though.

      1. Andrew

        Claire Byrne costs €200,000 plus. She’s not able for the job. Nicky Byrne €200,000. I’m not sure why.

    1. dan

      Vogue – ‘Vogue Williams is back with three new shows exploring the life of Instagrammers, trial by social media and whether monogamy has a future.’

      here’s a better one:

      Vogue – ‘Vogue Williams is gone, forever

      1. Nigel

        Couldn’t care less one way or the other, but those dramas and a lot of the factual stuff seem like solid ideas and worth a look.

        1. Cian

          this.
          RTE get a lot of slack (some of it deserved) but this seems like a reasonable list of programmes for them to be making.

        2. realPolithicks

          I just finished watching “Rebellion” on Netflix, it was well made and very enjoyable. Fair play to RTE, for a change.

          1. millie st murderlark

            jesus tonight

            multitasking at its finest

            I saw one episode and was surprised by the quality. This is what happens when rte invest in. decent programming. I must check out the rest of it. Didn’t know it was on Netflix

  2. Ian-O

    Well in light of the fact I haven’t paid my TV licence in years, I guess I cannot really say much about this.

    Don’t watch it, no idea who half the above are either.

    All I know is that I would genuinely rather spend a week in jail than support RTE – if anything, I want it gone and replaced with a public service broadcaster and not this incestuous talent free turd pool. And yes, I know they are talent free because I have listened to Tubridy and O’Connor and a few of the ones I do know like D’arcy and yes, they have NO TALENT.

    At all.

  3. Starina

    I saw all the posing blondes and assumed this was something to do with the Rose of Tralee. Jeepers. Whoever the stylist on this shoot is should be fired.

  4. Spaghetti Hoop

    Quite like the factual listing. Though nothing on the 1918 Armistice which is a shame.

  5. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    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.’

    Sign me up for that. YEAH!

    1. missred

      I had to read the novel in my Leaving Cert year. It was so dreary.

      Jamie Dornan though, is anything but dreary.

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        I like Matthew Rhys too. Brothers and Sisters, The Americans, The something Edwin Drood (?). Handsome and excellent.

    2. Truth in the News

      What about paying tribute to the real woman that took on the Orange Junta in 1968
      one Bernadette Devlin…will .this 1880’s depiction give us an insight to the women
      who organised the Ladies Land League in the early 1880’s

  6. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    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.’

    Ooo! Another one I’ll definitely watch. Some say I’m going to live in one, like Grampy Rabbit. The tales I’ll tell!

  7. JIMMY JAMES

    Dee Forbes –

    “What I’m saying to you is the more money we have to PLAY with content the more we can do.”

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