RTÉ2, Thursday 16 October 2014, 9.30pm
Following on from the success of last year's Oi Ginger!, Angela Scanlon is back on our screens with Full Frontal - a new and provocative four-part series for RTÉ 2. In this series Angela takes an intimate look at what gets us off. Is fit really the new skinny? Is a designer vagina ever really necessary? Should we just hook up without the chat up? Angela follows the many and varied paths that promise to lead to happiness or perfection in a series which will provoke, inform and entertain.
Handling subjects that are often considered taboo or sensitive Angela tackles it with her own flair, taking a relaxed, non judgemental approach with tongue firmly in cheek. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Scanlon delves head first into each of the subjects.
She explores the nation's self-conscious and sometimes uncomfortable relationship with the naked body. She gets up close and personal with naturists and their bits in Drumshambo (host of World Naturist Congress this September), watches 'real' women bare all in a bid to make peace their bodies and sees a very different side to Rosanna Davison, Ireland's first ever playboy centrefold. She even gets a lesson in "nipple tweaking".
Undergoing her very own extreme make-over, the tables are turned on Angela as she sheds her signature style to test drive the look that Ireland loves most. She gets to grips with the suggestion that she needs liposuction and looks at the growing obsession with a robust derriere and world of "bum jobs". There's also a cameo from a real life "living doll'.
Scanlon attempts to forget she's a newly-wed as she gets a crash course in the world of online dating. Via Tinder, Happn, Plenty of Fish and the rest she looks at the cut throat dating game, the fun that can be had and the random, often creepy experiences that people would rather forget!
And she looks at the extreme lengths that people go to in order to achieve the so-called perfect body. A move away from the Cabbage Soup diet and Atkins to a more educated (but no less obsessive) approach. She becomes our guinea pig, takes a stab at Bikini modelling and goes to Hell & Back in an attempt to push her body to the limit.
Episode 1 In the first episode of her new series, Angela Scanlon takes an intimate look at some of the ways in which Irish people like to get naked. She meets up with Naturists from home and abroad as they gather for their Congress in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim. She finds out why a growing number of Irish women want to have their pictures taken in the nude; why thousands of Dubliners went for a dip in the nip on Sandymount Strand; how one Irish woman became a centrefold for Playboy; and why the butchers of Swords couldn't wait to get their kits off. Finally, Angela faces the ultimate challenge: is she prepared to throw off her own clothes as well as her inhibitions?
About Angela Scanlon @angelascanlon
Angela Scanlon has worked as a stylist, a dancer, a journalist, and, now, as a television presenter. Her first major documentary Oi Ginger! garnered a lot of attention when it was broadcast last year and trended worldwide on Twitter. Angela brings an insatiable curiosity about people to her TV work with unstoppable energy and sense of fun.