Title: The Voice of Ireland
The Voice of Ireland returns to our screens for a fifth series on Sunday 3rd January 2016. Kathryn Thomas and Eoghan McDermott will be reprising their presenting roles and offering a shoulder to cry on and a hug and anything else our nervous contestants need!
Returning to the coaching panel and joining Una Foden on the spinning red chairs will be our two favourite boys - Kian Egan and Bressie and our pop princess Rachel Stevens. Una's first year on The Voice of Ireland proved to be quite successful, with Team Una producing 2015's winner Patrick James! Can she do it again or was it beginner's luck?
Bressie starts out this series wondering if he has lost his touch as he struggles to fill his team, while the others race ahead, has he lost his mojo? He feels Una is a real threat and she won last year and he is even losing out in pitches to Kian!
Una and Rachel joined the panel last series and as newbies had a lot to contend with considering it's hard to keep Bressie and Kian quiet. This year our ladies are much more confident and go in fighting for contestants they want, everyone's much more comfortable with each other, no more politeness!
And of course there is the music. Series five will see the most musically diverse contestants taking part, with everything from rock to classically trained artists and our first drag queen!
Transmission: Sunday RTÉ One @ 18.30
Production Company: Screentime ShinAwil
A new six part series of Getaways presented by Angela Scanlon and Joe Lindsay.
In this new series, Joe and Angela collect passport stamps in the USA, Austria, Italy, France and Greece.
Stateside, Kennedy Space Centre captures their imagination before a cruise down the coast to sub-tropical Florida Keys.? Doing it like the locals, Joe & Angela have a go at conch shell blowing, tuck into Key Lime Pie and lift off in Jetpacks. Their American adventure continues in Miami where they discover life's a beach at "SoBe" (or?South Beach?to visitors) and they explore the arty side of the city in Little Havana.
It's a winter sports getaway in the Austrian Alps where they test their nerve snowboarding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Bad Hofgastein is famous for its' thermal waters so there's a bit of spa time before a day trip to Salzburg, for a musical pilgrimage to Mozart's birthplace and a skip through the Mirabell gardens, the location for iconic scenes from family classic "The Sound of Music".
They travel to the Ionian island of Zante (or Zakynthos), famed for its' white sandy beaches. A favourite is photogenic Navagio, also known as "Shipwreck Cove". And Joe & Angela drag themselves away from the beach to travel to the Greek mainland, for a visit to ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. Did you know over two thousand years ago the male athletes competed in the nude?!
In Italy they kick back in Puglia, one of the less known regions on the country's tourist trail, found "at the heel of the boot". A signature sight is the white-washed collection of conical-roofed "Trulli" houses in Alberobello. Baroque architecture, ancient farmhouses and of course pasta aplenty make theirs an a la carte menu of tourist must-sees.
Nantes in Southern Brittany has been tagged "the loopiest city in France" and our pair will find out why. The once industrial city has become a huge outdoor gallery, with a ten mile green line taking you on a trail with implausibly large modern artworks. To get around the city? What else, but a 12-metre high mechanical elephant! Sacre bleu!
Transmission: Thursday's RTÉ One @ 19.30
Production Company: Waddell Media