New Season: Factual

This season RTÉ Factual will be offering the viewing audience 15 new documentaries and series along with seven returning series which promise to stimulate debate about important topics such as education, obesity and teen pregnancy. RTÉ Factual will also present an insight into many aspects of both contemporary and historical Irish life which will captivate and enlighten viewers.

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21st Century Railway

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3 x 25"
Genre:
Factual

A look at the creation, decline and rebirth of railways in Ireland.
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Abhainn

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3 x 25"
Genre:
Factual

Abhainn returns exploring another three of our rivers from source to sea. The Barrow, the Blackwater and the Erne, taking us on a visually stunning journey by air and on the water revealing the unique personality of each river and the stories both ancient and new that tell us who we really are.


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A Man Young And Old

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1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

This documentary will explore one of the darkest episodes of the Irish Civil War, when six Republican soldiers were shot dead by their former comrades on the summit of Ben Bulben in County Sligo.
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Apartment Kids

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RTÉ One, Tuesday 11th September, 10.15pm, 1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

In Ireland, we're accustomed to seeing children playing in the concrete yards of inner city flats complexes. Now there's a new phenomenon: a new generation of children growing up in isolated, suburban apartments that were only ever intended to be starter homes.
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Back to School: Inside The Department

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RTÉ One, Monday 3rd September, 9.35pm, 1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

This observational documentary follows Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn and his senior advisers and civil servants as they carry out the day-to-day business of running one or Irelands largest government departments.
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Back to School: John Lonergan's School Principles

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RTÉ One, Tuesday 4th September, 9.35pm, 1 x 45"
Genre:
Factual

In this documentary the former governor of Mountjoy Jail, John Lonergan, brings us on a journey around Ireland looking at the way we educate our children while exploring why the 'One Size Fits All' approach to the way we teach does not work for everyone.
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Back to School: Primary Pressures

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RTÉ One, Sunday 2nd September, 9.30pm, 1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Primary Pressures is a one hour documentary filmed over six months inside a large Wexford Primary School. For the first time on Irish television our cameras follow children, their families and teachers as they deal with the highs and lows of everyday school life during tough times.
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Bullyproof

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RTÉ One, Tuesday 30th October, 10.15pm, 3 x 40"
Genre:
Factual

Clinical Psychologist, David Coleman is on a mission to explore the issue of teen bullying in Ireland.
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Cloch Le Carn

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RTÉ One, Monday 8th October, 7.30pm, 2 x 30"
Genre:
Factual

Remembering those that have gone before, Cloch le Carn takes a constructive but not always uncritical look at public figures who have made a contribution to Irish society during their lifetimes.
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Communion Day

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RTÉ One, Thursday 27th September, 8.00pm, 2 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Communion Day is a two-part documentary series featuring stories of eight families as they journey towards one of Ireland's landmark family rituals.





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Crimecall

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RTÉ One, 1 Tuesday of every month, 10 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Crimecall, the hugely successful crime-investigation programme returns for its ninth series with Philip Boucher Hayes and Grainne Seoige at the helm.





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Ear To The Ground

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16 x 30"
Genre:
Factual

RTÉ's popular rural affairs and farming programme programme returns for its 20th series this autumn. Darragh McCullough, Helen Carroll and Ella McSweeney will meet ordinary people with extraordinary stories that challenge, inspire and entertain the nation.



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Entrepreneur of the Year 2012

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Monday 1st October, 8.30pm
Genre:
Factual

Pádraig Ó Céidigh returns, highlighting the business people from across the country nominated by their peers for the coveted title of Entrepreneur of the Year. The five-part series culminates in the award ceremony in October which celebrates the very best in Irish business and success.

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Firefighters

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RTÉ One, Tuesday 4th September, 8.30pm, 8 x 45"
Genre:
Factual

Dangerous missions, daring rescues and thrilling non-stop action… meet the Firefighters.
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Ireland Search and Rescue

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6 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Claire Byrne presents this brand new series that captures real rescues as they unfold, the bravery of the volunteer and professional crews as they strive to save lives in some of the most terrifying weather conditions.
RTÉ has been given exclusive access and insight to some of our countries key rescue agencies including the Irish Coast Guard, Cork Fire Brigade, RNLI, Mountain Rescue Teams from Dublin, Kerry and Donegal as well as the Irish Naval services.

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My Civil War

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1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

My Civil War features selected stories and experiences from the Irish Civil War (1922/23) which have almost vanished from memory.
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RnaG At 40

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1 x 25"
Genre:
Factual

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, which is celebrating 40 years on air, was set up as a result of pressure by the Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement.
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Scannal

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RTÉ One, Monday 10th September, 7.30pm, 5 x 30"
Genre:
Factual

Scannal returns with a new series looking back at more of the scandals that shocked, outraged, amused and incited the nation.
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Teen Mum

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2 x 40"
Genre:
Factual

A new two part observational documentary series depicting the work of Ireland's first Clinical Midwife Specialist in Teenage Pregnancy, Una O' Brien, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Maternity Unit in Drogheda.
The documentary will feature the many aspects of Una's working day with pregnant teenage parents-to-be.

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The Future of Television

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1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Part of RTÉ's TV50 Season, The Future of Television is a one-hour documentary in which Miriam O'Callaghan embarks on a journey to examine what might lie ahead for our favourite medium.
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The Obesity Clinic

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2 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

A new two-part observational documentary goes inside Ireland's first public weight management clinic in St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown. Filmed over ten months, eight individuals honestly share the truth about their struggle to lose weight. Over the course of the two episodes we hear from those who undergo gastric bypass surgery and those who are aiming to lose weight without surgical intervention.

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The Secret Millionaire

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RTÉ One, Monday 10th September, 9.35pm, 5 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Return of the RTÉ series in which millionaires go undercover into impoverished communities and give away tens of thousands of euro to charities and other good causes.
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Tommy Bowe - The Science of Me

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1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

Tommy Bowe, The Science of Me takes Irish international rugby player Tommy Bowe on a powerful journey which will see him tested to his limits to uncover what makes an elite sportsman.
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What's Ireland Eating?

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RTÉ One, Sunday 7th October, 9.30pm, 1 x 52"
Genre:
Factual

What's Ireland Eating is back and sees Philip Boucher-Hayes investigating the health implications of the nation's diet and finds that the consequences of our food rich environment are more serious than unsightly flab.
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What In The World?

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RTÉ One, Tuesday 30th October, 11.05pm
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Factual

What in the World? returns this autumn with another series of seldom-heard stories of struggle and resistance from across the globe.
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