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RTÉ TELEVISION LAUNCHES NEW SEASON

8th August 2013: New Channel Controllers for RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and RTÉjr unveil new schedules for Autumn/Winter 2013/14

RTÉ Television today launched the New Season of programming across RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, and RTÉjr.

Speaking at the launch Glen Killane, Managing Director, RTÉ Television, said: “In a highly competitive and dynamic media landscape, RTÉ Television is taking a more targeted and focused approach to ensure that each channel delivers a more distinctive, yet complementary, service to better serve the range of people that make up the diverse Irish audience.

To refresh and reinvigorate our primary channels, we have recently appointed George Dixon as Channel Controller for RTÉ One and Bill Malone as Channel Controller for RTÉ Two. Informed by better research into our audiences, the aim is to create a clear identity for each of the channels and to provide distinctly different, yet complementary content to ensure that the best possible service is offered to the Irish public.”

The New Season on RTÉ One builds on its reputation for delivering high-impact drama, documentaries and entertainment series along with news and current affairs programming which brings people together to share in moments of national significance.

“RTÉ One remains the most popular channel of choice among the Irish public and I look forward to building on that success with the quality, range and diversity of programming on the schedule this season. As RTÉ One evolves, our focus will be on ensuring that we stay relevant to all our audiences with programmes that enrich, entertain and surprise,” said George Dixon, Channel Controller, RTÉ One.

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.

Landmark drama continues to be at the heart of the RTÉ One schedule, featuring the best in Irish talent both on-screen and behind the camera. IFTA award-winning Love/Hate is back for its fourth season under King Nidge’s reign and Ireland’s favourite home-grown soap Fair City enters its 25th season with a catastrophic event that has devastating consequences for Carrigstown. New series Amber, starring Eva Birthistle (Waking The Dead) and David Murray (Raw), tells the story of a family’s desperate search to find their teenage daughter. Also 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.

RTÉ News and Current Affairs looks to provide world-class coverage of major news stories and, in particular, events that have a direct impact on Ireland and Irish people. RTÉ News and Current Affairs delivers a wide range of quality programming including Morning Edition and Prime Time which feature award winning in-depth analysis, topical reports, debate and investigative journalism. With a comprehensive range of bulletins and programmes in both Irish and English, RTÉ News is available 24-hours-a-day on the RTÉ News Now channel, on the RTÉ News Now app and at www.rte.ie/news.

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.

Launching the new season for RTÉ Two, channel controller Bill Malone said: “Serving the public is key to RTÉ Two's identity, whether it is uniting the nation with our free-to-air sports coverage, our home-produced children's programming or our unstinting support for emerging homegrown stars. The channel is central to our output for the under 35s in Ireland and is a place to champion rising stars, new comedy, new music, new formats and new ideas.”

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.

RTÉ Sport continues to offer the most comprehensive free-to-air coverage of Irish sports stars in action including live coverage of the GAA Championships, the Republic of Ireland’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers and the Irish rugby team’s autumn internationals, all in high definition and all with analysis unrivalled on any channel in Ireland.

Launched earlier this year RTÉjr is a new dedicated children’s channel on TV, radio, online and mobile. This new service is part of a phased three-year strategy in the development of services for young people by RTÉ.

“This season the channel is packed full of exciting new and returning programmes which I’m confident will enthral and engage young viewers. Along with brand new fun and educational games on the RTÉ App, there will be lots more entertainment on radio and online,” said Sheila de Courcy, Cross Divisional Head of Children’s Content.

New to RTÉjr from September: Meet the Orchestra is a new series which introduces one orchestral instrument with the help of a music computer called Maestro; a search to find the biggest and scarriest bugs in Bugs Hunters and new animation in Travels of Marco Polo.

Plus tween and teen audiences will find an array of programming via TRTÉ and TwoTube on RTÉ Two with programmes such as Una’s Dream Ticket, In Your Shoes, elev8 and many more!

RTÉ Digital will offer more content than ever to viewers online and on mobile on RTÉ.ie, RTÉ News Now, RTÉ Player and RTÉ Archives.

The RTÉ Player ensures you will never miss your favourite programme again. Available currently on iPad, iPhone, PS3, Connected TV, Laptop and Desktop, RTÉ Digital plans to expand the platforms on which RTÉ Player is available over the coming months.

Full information on all programmes is available at www.rte.ie/tv/newseason2013

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