Title: First Dates Ireland
The most romantic restaurant in town throws open its doors once more as hit dating show First Dates Ireland returns to RTÉ2 on Thursday, January 19th.
Following the resounding success of last year's series, First Dates Ireland is set to be bigger and better with 12 episodes due to air this time round. Which means more cameras, more hopeful singletons and even more access to those intimate, funny, often excruciating blind date moments.
The new series sees the return of Maître D' extraordinaire Mateo Saina and his trusty colleagues: barman Ethan Miles and waitress Alice Marr - once again playing Cupid as daters meet face-to-face for the first time.
This year viewers can look forward to more fun and frolics from the First Dates restaurant including cousins double dating, more bathroom chats and it wouldn't be Ireland if we didn't have a couple of daters that didn't recognise each other from previous encounters.
Transmission: Thursdays @ 21.30 - RTÉ2
Production Company: CoCo Television
Title: Operation Transformation
The tenth series of Operation Transformation returns to our screens on Wednesday the 4th of January when presenter Kathryn Thomas will reveal our five new leaders. Over the next eight weeks, these five brave leaders will radically change their exercise and eating habits, while inspiring the nation to follow them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle. With the country following their every step on television, on radio and online.
As always, the leaders will have support and advice from our qualified team of Operation Transformation experts including fitness coach Karl Henry; principal clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy; dietitian and Healthy Ireland Council member Aoife Hearne and general practitioner Dr Ciara Kelly. All four will be on hand to guide the leaders as they put the Operation Transformation health and fitness plan in to action.
Operation Transformation will launch our biggest youth campaign to date called 10@10. We're asking the primary school children of Ireland to partake in the largest junior group exercise session to ever take place in Ireland. On Friday the 10th of February at 10am we want every primary school child in Ireland (over half a million students) to get active in a mass burst of physical activity. It doesn't matter what they do, or how they do it, we just want them to get moving.
We are launching an exciting new strand called Live Longer/Live Better, where we explore what can in terms of diet and physical and mental exercise help us to live longer, healthier lives. People are living longer, but recent years have also seen a rise in fatal or debilitating illnesses, and - after watching loved ones battle: cancer, strokes, arthritis, and dementia - many of us are wondering if there's anything we can do to avoid suffering the same fate.
Operation Transformation is teaming up again with parkrun. Over 60 venues nationwide will be ready for Club OT to start at 9.30am on the 14th January 2017. The Operation Transformation parkrun club continues to be the largest in the world, and this year we will be welcoming walkers, so that everyone can get up and active.
The Dublin Fire Brigade will be back on board to set the leaders physical and psychological challenges, with Officer Dave Connolly pushing them to their limits each week.
Once again you can keep up to date with Operation Transformation on radio. The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will continue to be the radio home for the series, with regular updates from the leaders, campaigns and events.
Transmission: Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 20.30 on RTÉ One
Production Company: Vision Independent