RTÉ presents a week-long series of television programmes which capture where we've come from over the last 18 months, take stock of where we are now and try to identify ways in which we as a nation can get Ireland from crisis to recovery. Across the week, a number of RTÉ television programmes will reflect the after-effects of the boom and bust: from the reality of unemployment and life in so-called "ghost towns" to positive stories of businesses and families who are thriving in spite of the recession. Other programmes will look at the bigger picture, ask where to from here and present challenging ideas as to how we as a nation can move on from the shock of economic collapse. A series of documentaries specially-commissioned for the Aftershock season begins with Ghost Land, an observational documentary filmed in unfinished estates throughout Ireland which illustrates the reality of life for thousands of Irish home-owners in the aftermath of our building boom. In Aftershock: Where to Now?, four of Ireland's leading commentators will outline a range of radical ideas that they believe are fundamental to Ireland's reform. A special Aftershock edition of The Frontline straight afterwards will see their ideas put to the test by a live studio audience.
Life After Dell went into production when the first layoffs at Dell's Limerick plant were announced in January 2009. This observational documentary charts the journeys of four people through their first year after redundancy and will reflect the experiences of many all over the country. Prime Time has commissioned a special report which focuses on how Ireland compares with other nations also struggling to find a way through the crisis, while Capital D and Nationwide will each present special editions which focus on the business and organisations that are thriving in spite of the bust.
The week ends on a note of cautious optimism with Rising After Redundancy. Since last summer, RTÉ has been following six newly-unemployed people as they work with a career coach who specialises in helping unemployed people return to the workplace. Rising After Redundancy is a 6-part television series which charts their seven-month journey from despair and uncertainty to new direction and renewed hope.
RTÉ Television's Director of Programmes, Steve Carson, said:
"RTÉ's Aftershock season is a chance to take stock of a society battered by eighteen months of economic turmoil - and also to kick-start a debate on how we might secure the future. Programme-makers across Ireland have delivered a wide variety of dedicated programming to Aftershock, evidence of the range and reach that RTÉ can bring as the national public service broadcaster."