RTÉ Television today announced details of its new schedule for the summer season, 2007.
"The summer schedule on RTÉ Television has been evolving for a number of years now," says Clare Duignan, Director of Programmes. "Time was when the summer wind-down on RTÉ Television was clear to see: regular programmes took their well-earned summer breaks, and audiences waited for September, and the new season. Today, however, such is the scale of in-house and independent production that we have produced, in the last year alone, separate brochures for our autumn, Christmas and spring schedules. RTÉ Television's re-invigorated summer schedule requires no-less: from live chat shows to new comedy series, from strong factual strands to a range of brand-new summer lifestyle programmes, our summer schedule offers viewers in Ireland on-going choice and diversity across a mix of genre and formats. It promises to be a good summer, on RTÉ Television, and beyond."
To learn more about highlights for the coming summer months open the PDF on this page, or check out a small selection of the highlights below.
"In recent years RTÉ Television has significantly increased our investment in quality Irish programming over the summer period, " says Noel Curran, Managing Director of RTÉ Television. "This trend will continue for Summer 2007. It promises to be an entertaining summer season on RTÉ Television."
Highlights from the New Season on RTÉ Television
Class Clowns 6 X 25' RTÉ One
Taking six well-known Irish comedians, Class Clowns sends them back to school for a very special one-off gig in front of their former class-mates and teachers. Featuring Frank Carson, Jason Byrne, Niall Tobin, Jon Kenny, Karl Spain and Deirdre O'Kane.
Home 6 X 25' RTÉ One
Looking back at the pleasures and agonies of home life in the Ireland of forty years ago, the series uses archive footage to reflect on a time when indoor toilets, croissants and coffee were unknown to many of us, and when the average family boasted at least six children.
Baby on Board 8 X 26' RTÉ One
This brand new series for RTÉ One, presented by midwife and parenting coach Doreen Buckley (right), offers advice to parents of infants and toddlers in a positive, informative and entertaining format. The series looks at having your first baby, premature birth, single parenting, sleep deprivation and nutrition, and features parents and families from Leitrim, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath Dublin and Cork.
The Symphony Sessions 8 X 26' RTÉ One
Highlights this summer include the romantic delirium of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and the gypsy fervour of Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with violinist Elizabeth Cooney. David Brophy (right) conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.
The GAA Championships
As part of its continued development of it's quality GAA coverage, RTÉ Television will broadcast more live GAA Championship matches than ever before this summer. In the Saturday and Sunday Game Live series over 50 games will be broadcast exclusively live on RTÉ Two. In addition, The Sunday Game makes its return on Sunday nights with news, views and a round-up of all the Championship action.
The home-grown Crap Rap gang return for a second series. The lads from Staneen are back, they still rap and they're still crap. Whoever said your teens are the best years of your life must be mental. Fluffy Gardens, the charming home-produced animated show for pre-school children, continues into June, joining new interactive daily show Ur Call.
Damage 1 X 85' RTÉ One
Written and directed by Aisling Walsh, Damage is an absorbing contemporary drama set in Dublin. The Cahill family appear to have the world at their feet, particularly their daughter Emma, an emerging fashion model, whose 21st birthday party is looming. But the evening comes to an unexpectedly violent and traumatic end. Starring Brendan Coyle, Natalie Press and Olivia Williams (left).