In 2009, Spirit Level was one of RTÉ's best kept secrets: tucked away in a monthly slot on Sunday mornings, Joe Duffy's magazine show added a new dimension to the station's religious output with its vibrant mix of topical discussion, interviews, features and music. From an exclusive interview with Desmond Tutu to Brian Keenan's take on forgiveness; from a profile of "Eco-nuns", farming in Wicklow, to an interview with a gangster-turned-preacher, now running missions in schools, it showed the energy and diversity in contemporary Irish religious life.
Joe's reward in 2010 is a higher-profile, weekly slot, beginning on 3rd January, at 1700. Only now, the show will also be playing to the Liveline presenter's strengths - going live and introducing audience interaction to the mix. It's too early to say what the ingredients will be in the first show, but expect intelligence, without reverence; inspirational stories about the most pressing and most surprising issues and stories from Ireland's spiritual and ethical landscape