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  • Sup as an Tobar

    Sup as an Tobar

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Veteran broadcaster Pat Butler looks back at fifty years of Irish Language programmes on RTÉ TV, celebrating the communities who gave so generously of their time and their stories, and the men and women who explored the heart and soul of Ireland in the latter part of the twentieth century. Watch

  • Nighthawks Rehashed

    Nighthawks Rehashed

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    A cornucopia of the best comedy, music, soap opera and interviews from the live chat and entertainment show, set in a fictional diner run by the multi-tasking proprietor Shay Healy, which from 1989 to 1993 was a must-see series on RTÉ Two. Watch

  • The School around the Corner (1962)

    The School around the Corner (1962)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    First broadcast exactly fifty years ago on 23 December 1962, this is the only known existing copy of the original series of 'The School around the Corner', devised and presented by teacher Paddy Crosbie. Recorded with an audience at Collins Barracks in Cork, it features five National School pupils aged between 5 and 12 who sing, dance and of course have 'funny incidents' to tell. Watch

  • God on the Box

    God on the Box

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Contributors including Alice Taylor, David Quinn, Arthur Matthews, Patsy McGarry, Biddy White Lennon, David McSavage, Bill O’ Herlihy and Maureen Gaffney look back at the impact of fifty years of TV on religion in Ireland. Watch

  • Weather Permitting (repeat)

    Weather Permitting (repeat)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Another opportunity to see this anniversary year's documentary, joining Gerald Fleming to look at the science, beauty, folklore and future impact of this elemental force in our lives, from hand-drawn charts and magnets to the satellite pictures of today. Watch

  • Radharc - Pain Is the Price (1978)

    Radharc - Pain Is the Price (1978)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    TV50: Radharc - Pain Is The Price (1978) To accompany the two-part RTÉ TV documentary The Radharc Squad, an opportunity to see a classic episode of Radharc, which introduced the world to the voice and work of Columban missionary and human rights activist Fr Shay Cullen. Watch

  • The Radharc Squad (Part Two)

    The Radharc Squad (Part Two)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The Radharc Squad, Part Two – These Men Are Dangerous tells how Radharc's filmmaker priests placed themselves at the centre of major changes, documenting the liberalisation of attitudes to sex and drugs to the global political and theological struggles that gave rise to Vatican II and Liberation Theology. And yet they missed one big crisis on their own doorstep: the scandal of clerical sexual abuse. Watch

  • Radharc – Down and Out In Dublin (1964)

    Radharc – Down and Out In Dublin (1964)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    To accompany the two-part RTÉ TV documentary 'The Radharc Squad', an opportunity to see one of Radharc’s classic early episodes, from 1964, which offered television audiences unprecedented insights into the lives, personalities and beliefs of the capital’s homeless. Watch

  • The Radharc Squad (Part One)

    The Radharc Squad (Part One)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Two-part documentary The Radharc Squad tells the story of a group of Catholic priests turned filmmakers who produced over 400 groundbreaking and often controversial films for RTÉ TV between 1962 and 1996. In Part One, the legendary Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid hand-picks a team of filmmaker priests, who would bring Catholic perspectives to the new station. But The Radharc Squad soon showed that they had ideas of their own. Interviewees include Jim Sheridan, Diarmaid Ferriter, Gerry Stembridge and Mary McAleese. Watch

  • Maam Cross (1990)

    Maam Cross (1990)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Mairéad Ní Nuadháin and the IRIS 90 team spend the day at one of Ireland’s oldest horse fairs. Maam Cross in County Galway is the venue for a host of characters who are buying and selling from dawn to dusk. But trade is slow this year and not everyone goes home happy. Caitheann Mairéad Ní Nuadháin agus foireann IRIS 90 an lá ar an aonach capall sa Teach Dóite i gConamara. Tá an t-aonach seo ar cheann de na cinn is ársa agus is bríomhaire in Éirinn. Mar sin fhéin, snámh in aghaidh easa atá ann do na mangairí i mbliana. Níltear ag ceannach. Produced and Directed by Mick McCarthy. Watch

  • Country Brass – Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band (1979)

    Country Brass – Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band (1979)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Paying homage to the sound of a bygone era, The Boherbuoy Brass and Reed Band may have had its musical roots in the previous century, but its feet are firmly planted in the urban landscape of Limerick City. Brought to life by Kevin O’Connor’s evocative script and John Williams’s direction. Watch

  • Isles of Aran (1963)

    Isles of Aran (1963)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The stark beauty of this black-and-white portrait of the Aran Islands from 1963 documents a people, a place and a way of life still largely unchanged since the beginning of the twentieth century. Mass tourism, focused employment initiatives and an airstrip were things unimaginable, all firmly in the undreamt-of future. Directed by Louis Lentin. Watch

  • Bells and Blue Berets (1966)

    Bells and Blue Berets (1966)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Veteran broadcaster John Skehan’s 1966 Christmas visit to Irish UN troops in Cyprus and the Middle East is a poignant reminder of the selfless sacrifice of generations of Irish soldiers serving in the cause of peace on foreign fields. Produced and directed by Odran Walsh. Watch

  • What’s Happening to Television?

    What’s Happening to Television?

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    In this one-hour documentary, specially commissioned for RTÉ TV50, Miriam O'Callaghan meets the people shaping the future of television. Whether behind the scenes at 'The Voice of Ireland', or meeting a couple who put their lives on YouTube, she learns that the box in the corner will never be the same again. Many commentators predict that the medium as we know it might not survive, while others insist that TV is a 'supermedium', which is powerful enough to withstand any threats from upstart competitors. Watch

  • Flights of Fancy – The World of the Pigeon Men (1985)

    Flights of Fancy – The World of the Pigeon Men (1985)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The rituals that ordain and order the pigeon-fancier’s world may have changed little since 1985, but few documentaries have captured a more insightful, enchanting portrait than Margaret Gleeson’s celebration of man and bird as all prepare for the day of the big race. Watch

  • Fleadh Cheoil Thurles (1965)

    Fleadh Cheoil Thurles (1965)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Remember the heady days of the 1960s ballad boom? The Formica-spangled Singing Lounges? They were but the background soundtrack to the real thing – the social and musical phenomenon that was Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann at its woolliest and wildest in the Thurles of 1965. Produced and Directed by Aindreas Ó Gallchóir and Adrian Cronin. Watch

  • Lifestyle: Living Like Lords (1971)

    Lifestyle: Living Like Lords (1971)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Testy, unflappable, this is Cathal O’Shannon at his most tongue-in-cheek. The lifestyle, mores and ancestral homes of three West of Ireland Lords bring out the best in O’Shannon’s stylish sense of wry curiosity. Produced and directed by Peter McNiff.

  • Rural Portrait: A Quiet Way of Life (1968)

    Rural Portrait: A Quiet Way of Life (1968)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Meet Tony Coyle, Dundalk factory worker and water diviner, who lives a quiet, contented life with his wife, mother and father on the banks of the Boyne. Watch

  • It’s a Hard Auld Station (1976)

    It’s a Hard Auld Station (1976)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Meet the Sherriff Street Community of Dublin’s East Wall, in an ‘access TV’ first for RTÉ. Watch

  • Lifestyle – “Times got good” (1971)

    Lifestyle – “Times got good” (1971)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Wit, philosopher and Galway farmer Joe Flanagan, aged 73, tells Cathal O'Shannon about romance, the good life and the connection between Hitler and better lives for Irish farmers. Watch

  • ‘The Border’ – The Great Irish Divide (1989)

    ‘The Border’ – The Great Irish Divide (1989)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Bernard Loughlin walks the roads and villages of the Border, under the shadow of watchtowers and army sentries, talking to local characters and well-known personalities. Watch

  • The Search for Viking Dublin (1969)

    The Search for Viking Dublin (1969)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Discover Viking Dublin through three years of painstaking excavation on Dublin’s Christchurch and Fishamble Street sites. Watch

  • The Late Late Show

    The Late Late Show

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    In November 1969, 'The Late Late Show' held a live debate on public service television, centred on a book called ‘Sit Down and Be Counted’, written by three RTÉ TV producers who had resigned; Lelia Doolan, Bob Quinn and Jack Dowling. Television producers at the time questioned a potential conflict between RTÉ’s editorial and commercial concerns. Footage from this show was included in 'Battle Station', a two-part documentary about RTÉ. As part of TV50, the RTÉ Library Archive has restored this programme uncut and in its entirety, including ‘off-air’ sound-only, recorded during commercial breaks. Watch

  • Battle Station (Part Two)

    Battle Station (Part Two)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Written and presented by John Bowman, a new two-part series traces RTÉ Television’s relationships with Government, the Catholic Church, the Irish Language Movement and other political and cultural forces through a series of controversial issues in the first half-century of Irish TV. Watch

  • Ear to the Ground

    Ear to the Ground

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This special edition of 'Ear to the Ground', with guests including Mairead McGuinness, Biddy White Lennon and Mary McEvoy, marks a half century of farming on Irish television. Watch

  • Self Portrait: John B. Keane (1963)

    Self Portrait: John B. Keane (1963)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Enjoy the wit and wisdom of much-loved Irish playwright and raconteur John B Keane in this rare interview. Watch

  • Battle Station (Part One)

    Battle Station (Part One)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Written and presented by John Bowman, a new two-part series traces RTÉ Television’s relationships with Government, the Catholic Church, the Irish Language Movement and other political and cultural forces through a series of controversial issues in the first half-century of Irish TV. Watch

  • Hives of Honeyed Sound (1976)

    Hives of Honeyed Sound (1976)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This documentary features The Chieftains and the craft of instrument making as showcased in their performances on fiddle, bodhrán, harp and uilleann pipes. Watch

  • "...in my book, you should be ahead" - A Week in the Life of a Football Club (1975)

    "...in my book, you should be ahead" - A Week in the Life of a Football Club (1975)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    From the archives, a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Shelbourne Football Club as it struggles to keep hold of its place at the top of the FAI league. Watch

  • Weather Permitting

    Weather Permitting

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    A new one-hour documentary on Ireland’s weather and its TV forecasters, looking at the science, beauty, folklore and future impact of this elemental force in our lives. Watch

  • Voices from a Hidden People - Limerick and North Cork

    Voices from a Hidden People - Limerick and North Cork

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The final programme is in Limerick and North Cork – the country of Aindrias Mac Craith, Michael Ó Longáin Senior, Seán Ó Tuama, Brian Ó Flathartha, and Seán Clárach Mac Domhnall. The village of Croom is the focal point. Seán Ó Tuama’s tavern was famous as a rendezvous for the poets of Munster. Seán Clárach Mac Domhnall was a poet of the school that assembled at Rath Luirc and Bruree. Watch

  • Voices from a Hidden People - Sliabh Luachra

    Voices from a Hidden People - Sliabh Luachra

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The first programme goes to Sliabh Luachra, north of Killarney, the home of Aodhagan Ó Rathaille and Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin. Born in 1670, Ó Rathaille spent much of his life wandering penniless around Munster. Many regard Ó Súilleabháin as a finer poet than Burns. His songs were written for the people and were intended to be sung in taverns and beside cabin hearths. Watch

  • Voices from a Hidden People - Na Déise

    Voices from a Hidden People - Na Déise

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Déise Mumhan from Sliabh na mBan in South Tipperary to the sea, and from the mouth of the Suir to the mouth of the Blackwater, is the district chosen for the second programme. Its tradition is centred today around Ring, near Dungarvan. At one time the poets of this region produced the finest Irish songs. The Sliabh gCua school of verse was inspired by the wandering school-master Donnchadh Rua Mac Conmara, who died in 1810 at the age of 95. He was the author of Ban Chnoic Éireann Oigh. Watch

  • Voices from a Hidden People - Mayo

    Voices from a Hidden People - Mayo

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Next we go to Raftery country in Co. Mayo. Anthony Raftery, born near Kiltimagh in 1784, was blinded by smallpox and became a travelling musician. 'Cill Aodháin' and 'Máire Ní Eidhin' are among his finest compositions. The programme then goes to Erris country of school-master revolutionary Ricard Bairéad noted for 'Eoghan Coir' and 'Preab San Ol'. Watch

  • Voices from a Hidden People - Múscraí and Uíbh Laoghaire

    Voices from a Hidden People - Múscraí and Uíbh Laoghaire

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The fourth programme is from Múscraí and Uíbh Laoghaire in West Cork. The greatest poem written in the district was the lament by Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill for her dead husband Art Ó Laoghaire. The theme music is 'The Banks of Sullane' by Seán Ó Riada. Watch

  • Voices from a Hidden People - South Armagh and North Louth

    Voices from a Hidden People - South Armagh and North Louth

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    The poetry and songs of the old territories of Muirtheimne, Oirghialla and Cuailgne from south Armagh to North Meath and across Louth to the sea, make up the fifth programme. This is the country of the 'Táin Bó Cuailgne' and the setting for the life and work of Mac Cuarta, Ó Doirnín and Mac Cubhthaigh. Watch

  • Oileán: Anam Chloch (2008)

    Oileán: Anam Chloch (2008)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Anam Cloch, broadcast in 2008 as part of the Oileán series brings us up to date with Gola Island which is now attracting new residents who have set out to reclaim this magic island, the subject of the famous song, Báidín Fheilimí. They include an adventurer and mountaineer, a former member of Daniel O'Donnell's band and a woman who plans to restore the crumbling school house. Watch

  • Wheels of the Road - Life in North Kerry (1974)

    Wheels of the Road - Life in North Kerry (1974)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This beautiful film by Pat O'Connor is based on an idea by Con Houlihan, Kerry raconteur and sportswriter. Shot over 10 days in May 1974, it sets out to capture the sounds and rhythms of rural life. Watch

  • Scope - The Four Roads (1973)

    Scope - The Four Roads (1973)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This 1973 Pat O'Connor film follows the daily life of 70-year-old Winnie Mongan as her family wend their way around the highways and byways of Ireland on their annual pilgrimage to the Ballinasloe Horse Fair. Every year, the Mongans and other traveller families congregate at the fair to play music, meet old friends and trade horses. Watch

  • Self Portrait - Sylvia Beach (1962)

    Self Portrait - Sylvia Beach (1962)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This RTÉ Archives gem features an interview with Sylvia Beach, the extraordinary woman who published James Joyce's 'Ulysses' and founded the famous Paris bookshop 'Shakespeare and Company'. In this 'Self Portrait' from 1962, she tells RTÉ interviewer Niall Sheridan how she foiled attempts by a Nazi officer to buy her last copy of 'Finnegan’s Wake' in occupied Paris in 1941. Watch

  • John Molloy's Dublin (1976)

    John Molloy's Dublin (1976)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This unique programme, first broadcast in July 1976 and restored especially for TV50, features Dublin actor and revue artist John Molloy. The programme is a combination of comedy sketch and mime and re-enacts the lives and characters of Dublin 'in the rare auld times'. Watch

  • Terminus: Gola Island (1970)

    Terminus: Gola Island (1970)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Gola Island is the magic island of the song familiar to all Irish schoolchildren, Báidín Fheilími. This film is an elegy to this magic island and an epitaph to its death. Odran Walsh, RTÉ film maker, describes his film in these words: "This film is a tribute, and an epitaph to the hardy people who battled the elements here for three weary generations." Watch

  • Rural Portrait - King Of The Road (1968)

    Rural Portrait - King Of The Road (1968)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    First broadcast in 1968, this is a simple profile of a quiet, contented man: Michael Cleary, and his father. Between them, they spanned over ninety years working the roads of South Tipperary. Watch

  • Country Brass - Cork Butter Exchange Band (1979)

    Country Brass - Cork Butter Exchange Band (1979)

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    This archive programme was first broadcast in 1979 as part of a series on Irish brass and reed bands. Producer Peter McEvoy was inspired by a Frank O'Connor short story about a Cork brass band called Sons of Orpheus. All of town life is represented there. So he created a 6 part series which paints a portrait of 70s town life in Limerick, Galway, Drogheda, Mullingar, Skibbereen and Cork. Watch

  • The Entertainers

    The Entertainers

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    A look back at 50 years of entertainment on RTÉ through the eyes of the entertainers. Featuring Gay Byrne, Terry Wogan, Mike Murphy, Larry Gogan, Twink, Dara O Briain and Brendan O'Carroll, among many others. Watch

  • Kneeling in the Years

    Kneeling in the Years

    Available to watch on the RTÉ Player

    Mary Kennedy and Dermod McCarthy mark the 50th birthday of RTÉ Television with a celebration of the role of televised worship in the station's history, through a mixture of archive, chat and live music performance. Watch



More TV50 Programmes

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 12

    The Irish Eye - Episode 12

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Brendan Balfe's 12-part series celebrating 50 years of Irish television concludes with this episode. 'Glued to the Box' is an overview of 50 years, with a reminder of some memorable moments when the nation gathered around television sets. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 11

    The Irish Eye - Episode 11

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    ‘How is it Done?’ - Episode 11 of Brendan Balfe's series goes behind the scenes, following the process of making television programmes. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 10

    The Irish Eye - Episode 10

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Produced and presented by Brendan Balfe. No.10: 'Reality Dawns' Reality TV invades the entertainment schedules, while grim reality underlines startling documentaries. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 9

    The Irish Eye - Episode 9

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Episode 9: 'It's OK Leaving Me' covers new technologies, opportunities and competition for Irish television. Brendan Balfe's series celebrates 50 years of Irish television. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 8

    The Irish Eye - Episode 8

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Episode 8 of Brendan Balfe's series celebrating 50 years of Irish television is entitled 'Today, Tonight, Tomorrow'. From the late eighties, television reflects a younger population and a changing Ireland. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 7

    The Irish Eye - Episode 7

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    'To Whom It Concerns - Gay Byrne' Episode 7 of Brendan Balfe's series celebrating 50 years of Irish television is a profile of the broadcaster who became Ireland's first major television star. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 6

    The Irish Eye - Episode 6

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Brendan Balfe's series continues with Episode 6: 'All Kinds of Everything' - in the eighties, RTÉ develops music, comedy... and a second channel. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 5

    The Irish Eye - Episode 5

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Episode 5 of Brendan Balfe's 12-part series, celebrating 50 years of Irish television. ‘You Say You Want a Revolution?’ - in the seventies, as violence erupts in Northern Ireland, new contemporary drama begins and colour television arrives. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 4

    The Irish Eye - Episode 4

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Brendan Balfe's 12-part series, celebrating 50 years of Irish television, continues with Episode 4: 'Information Please'. While entertaining the audience, RTÉ also informs and increases its public service role. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 3

    The Irish Eye - Episode 3

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Episode 3: 'Eamonn Andrews - Chairman of the Board'. Brendan Balfe's 12-part series, celebrating 50 years of Irish television, continues with a profile of the first Chairman of the Authority, his background and his achievements in getting Irish television started. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 2

    The Irish Eye - Episode 2

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    Brendan Balfe presents a 12-part series celebrating 50 years of Irish television, the people who made the programmes and the audience who watched. Episode 2: The best and the brightest bring creativity and innovation to the young television station. Listen

  • The Irish Eye - Episode 1

    The Irish Eye - Episode 1

    Available on the RTÉ Radio player

    Brendan Balfe presents a new, 12-part series celebrating 50 years of Irish television, the people who made the programmes and the audience who watched. The opening programme recalls the preparations for Telefís Éireann and the first night’s broadcasting. Listen

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Today with Pat Kenny

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player (from 1hr 29 mins)

    Continuing the Bank Holiday Monday series marking TV50, Myles Dungan (in for Pat) is joined in studio by two former Olympians, distance runner Jerry Kiernan and boxer Mick Dowling, as well as sports presenter Des Cahill, for a look back at 50 years of RTÉ Television at the Olympics. Listen

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Today with Pat Kenny

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player (from 34 mins)

    Continuing with the TV50 celebrations, a panel including Terry Prone pick their favourite clips and discuss the 'Late Late Show', also celebrating it's 50th birthday this year. Listen

  • Bowman: Sunday: 8.30

    Bowman: Sunday: 8.30

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    John Bowman looks back at an early documentary by Norris Davidson. Originally broadcast on the late afternoon of 31 December 1961, the piece was a look forward to the new service that was to be Telefís Éireann. 'Bowman: Sunday: 8.30' sets the predictions of 50 years ago in today’s context. Listen

  • Sunday Miscellany

    Sunday Miscellany

    Available on the RTÉ Radio Player

    'Sunday Miscellany' makes its contribution to mark 50 years of RTÉ Television with a selection of stories relating to the role of Irish television in our lives since New Year's Eve, 1961. Listen



TV50 Classics

  • CLASSICS CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

    CLASSICS CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

    The TV50 Classics theme for December on RTÉ Player is 'Christmas Specials'

  • Cinderella

    Cinderella

    First broadcast 25 December 1980

    With a cameo by newscaster Anne Doyle, the cast of this TV panto by Fergus Linehan, Frank Sheerin and Jim Doherty includes Frank Kelly and Des Keogh as Ugly Sisters Gastritis and Griselda and Rosaleen Linehan as Fairy Godmother. Watch

  • The Late Late Toy Show 1997

    The Late Late Toy Show 1997

    First broadcast 12 December 1997

    Presented by Gay Byrne, with all the latest toys and gadgets, child demonstrators and performers including the Billie Barry Kids, the reliably rude Dustin and special guest Liam Neeson on the toys he loved as a child. Watch

  • Nationwide Christmas 2009

    Nationwide Christmas 2009

    First broadcast 23 December 2009

    Mary Kennedy and Michael Ryan visit Manger Square in Bethlehem and travel through the Holy Land, visiting many of the special places and along the way meeting Irish people with stories to tell. Watch

  • The Maureen Potter Show

    The Maureen Potter Show

    First broadcast 25 December 1972

    Maureen Potter is the star of this Variety Show recorded at The Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, mixing topical songs, sketches and dances, with Danny Cummins, Chris Curran, Vernon Hayden, Barbara Brennan and Jimmy Bartley. Watch

  • Féach - Glenstal Monks and Nóirín Ní Riain

    Féach - Glenstal Monks and Nóirín Ní Riain

    First broadcast 17 April 1981

    This Irish-language programme, presented by Mícheál Ó hUannacháin, visits the Benedictine Monastery of Glenstal Abbey, where the monks are joined by Nóirín Ní Riain in songs from their joint album 'Caoineadh na Maighdine'. Watch

  • Home for Christmas

    Home for Christmas

    First broadcast 25 December 1983

    There's flickering firelight, comedy and music in this Christmas gathering hosted by Mary O'Hara, with Dermot Morgan, Twink, Frank Kelly, The Wolfe Tones, Frank Patterson, The Furey Brothers and the Billie Barry Kids. Watch

  • The Queen's Speech

    The Queen's Speech

    First broadcast 27 December 2011

    The four-day visit of Queen Elizabeth II in May 2011 captured the public imagination, to some surprise. This documentary, presented by Tommie Gorman, looks back at the visit and her momentous Dublin Castle speech. Watch

  • Nestwatch 2000 - The First Brood of the Millennium

    Nestwatch 2000 - The First Brood of the Millennium

    First broadcast 30 October 2000

    Derek Mooney presents highlights of Nest Watch 2000, a project of RTÉ Radio 1's 'Mooney Goes Wild on One' and Wild Ireland. In this captivating programme, jackdaws build their nest, hatch their eggs, and rear their young. Watch

  • Little Town Big Circus

    Little Town Big Circus

    First broadcast 11 July 1999

    As the world's biggest annual sporting event, the Tour de France, comes to Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in July 1998, this film follows the lives of cycling enthusiast Eddie Tobin, chef Guy Urbin and 'Miss Tour de France' Avril O'Neill. Watch

  • CLASSICS LIFESTYLE

    CLASSICS LIFESTYLE

    The TV50 Classics theme for November on RTÉ Player is 'Lifestyle'

  • Check Up

    Check Up

    First broadcast 19 October 1988

    In this episode of RTÉ's weekly health programme, Ciana Campbell and Siobhán Cleary look at the patient/GP relationship, stress and a potentially dangerous disease, toxoplasmosis, which is caught from human contact with cats. Watch

  • Simply Delicious

    Simply Delicious

    First broadcast 13 March 1989

    In this episode of the cookery programme Darina Allen shows us how to make starters and soups. This series went on to make Darina Allen a household name, with a number of cookery books accompanying the series. Watch

  • Room Outside

    Room Outside

    First broadcast 1 September 1989

    The last programme in the 1989 series, hosted by Gerry Daly, is mainly concerned with grass - how to prepare and sow grass in a new garden and how to do repairs in an established one. Watch

  • Live at 3

    Live at 3

    First broadcast 30 March 1990

    Hosted by Thelma Mansfield and Derek Davis, this instalment of the afternoon show includes music by Slim Whitman and Lulu, antique miniatures with Tom Murtagh, and yoga with Mary Rose. Watch

  • The Movie Show

    The Movie Show

    First broadcast 7 October 1993

    Dave Fanning gives us the top ten video releases in Ireland, a Hollywood report on films in production, and reviews the latest titles at the cinema, including 'The Fugitive', 'Sleepless In Seattle' and 'What's Love Got To Do With It?'. Watch

  • Bon Voyage

    Bon Voyage

    First broadcast 3 March 1995

    In this travel programme, Shauna Lowry travels to Sydney, Ray D'Arcy goes to Denmark and Cathal O'Shannon visits Mosney with the McGrath family from Dublin. Watch

  • Our House

    Our House

    First broadcast 8 December 1995

    Duncan Stewart visits Liam and Kim Clancy in the solar house he designed for them in Ring Co. Waterford, the O’Reilly’s cottage renovation in Cobh is finished, and in Dublin he takes us on a tour of the Irish Energy Centre. Watch

  • Head to Toe

    Head to Toe

    First broadcast 3 December 1996

    This star-studded edition of the fashion series features Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the world famous Dolce and Gabbana label, actress Glenn Close, who plays the part of Cruela de Vil in the movie ‘101 Dalmations’ and Irish designers Richard Lewis and Elaine Curtis. Watch

  • Show Me The Money

    Show Me The Money

    First broadcast 8 January 2004

    Eddie Hobbs presents the financial makeover series where this week he is advising a thirtysomething couple on how to cut back on their over-spending. Watch

  • Operation Transformation

    Operation Transformation

    First broadcast 10 January / 28 February 2008

    In the first episode of series one, presented by Gerry Ryan, we meet the six 'Operation Transformation' leaders as they start out on their path to losing weight. Then, in the last programme of the series, the leaders take part in a special catwalk show to show off their final achievement from the challenge. Watch

  • CLASSICS 2000s

    CLASSICS 2000s

    The TV50 Classics theme for October on RTÉ Player is '2000s'

  • Out On Your Own - 25 Years On

    Out On Your Own - 25 Years On

    First broadcast 26 June 2000

    In 1974, 18 young people leaving school and getting into the workplace were featured in a series titled "Out on your Own", discussing such issues as first jobs, relationships and marriage, trade unions and ambitions. In 1999, 12 of them agreed to be interviewed again on the same topics. In this programme we meet Linda Collins, who in 1974 was working in a textile company, and Tommy Kelly, who was making golfbags. Watch

  • A History of Give Up Yer Aul Sins

    A History of Give Up Yer Aul Sins

    First broadcast 24 December 2002

    This half-hour documentary traces the origins of these charmingly animated, innocent bible stories told by the children from Rutland Street National School, as recorded by their teacher Peig Cunningham, 40 years ago, their subsequent discovery by Fr Brian D'Arcy, re-recording by EMI and adoption by Brown Bag Films leading to the Oscar-nominated animation, 'The Story of John the Baptist.' Watch

  • You're A Star

    You're A Star

    First broadcast 26 January 2003

    The search for the Irish entrant for the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest, with presenter Ray D'Arcy and a judging panel of Phil Coulter, Kerry McFadden, Louis Walsh and Darren Smith. Featuring contestants Michael Leonard, Sarah Brophy, Caoimhe and Shauna McElhinney, Lisa Bresnan, Mickey (Joe) Harte, Joanne Fahy, Simon Casey, Susan McFadden and Brian Ormond. Watch

  • Today at the Games - A Review

    Today at the Games - A Review

    First broadcast 29 June 2003

    Special Olympics World Games 2003 - The first to be held outside the United States of America - Miriam O'Callaghan looks back at what has been a wonderful week for the whole country, and all the elements involved, the athletes, volunteers and the legacy the Games leave. Watch

  • Little Brazil - Gort, Ireland

    Little Brazil - Gort, Ireland

    First broadcast 5 October 2006

    A portrait of Brazilian immigrant life in Ireland in 2006 and a look at how the people of Gort in Co. Galway have welcomed the huge influx of these South American workers and their families to their town. This programme, presented by Jim Fahy and produced by Caroline Bleahen, won a 'Silver Angel' award from the California-based 'Excellence in Media' Foundation. Watch

  • In Search of the Pope's Children

    In Search of the Pope's Children

    First broadcast 20 November 2006

    Based on his Number 1 best-selling book ‘The Pope’s Children’, David McWilliams authors a three-part series examining the economic and social landscape of Ireland in 2006. In this, the final programme in the series, David takes us back to learn some lessons from history. Watch

  • Tall, Dark and Ó hAilpín

    Tall, Dark and Ó hAilpín

    First broadcast 18 January 2007

    Set between Australia, Fiji and Ireland, 'Tall, Dark and Ó hÁilpín' is an observational documentary that chronicles Setanta and Aisake Ó hAilpín's season as professional Australian football players with their new club Carlton in Melbourne; juxtaposed with their brother Sean Óg's season with Cork as the county attempts to win a coveted three-in-a-row All-Ireland championship title and his return to the homeland of his mother, Emeli in Fiji. Watch

  • Saturday Night with Miriam

    Saturday Night with Miriam

    First broadcast 16 June 2007

    Live chat show with Miriam O'Callaghan. Among her guests are Andrea Corr, Bernard Dunne and An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern. Watch

  • Reeling In The Years - 2003

    Reeling In The Years - 2003

    First broadcast 7 November 2010

    A look back at some of the main events and the music of 2003. Reeling In The Years - 2003 recalls when over 7,000 athletes from 160 countries took part in the Special Olympics in Ireland. It was the year that the Spire in Dublin's O'Connell Street was completed, the Famine replica ship 'Jeanie Johnston' made its maiden voyage to America, Dubliner Rosanna Davison won the Miss World competition and Westlife's Nicky Byrne married Georgina Ahern. Watch

  • CLASSICS 1990s

    CLASSICS 1990s

    The TV50 Classics theme for September on the RTÉ Player is ''90s'

  • Today Tonight

    Today Tonight

    First broadcast 21 February 1990

    Reporter Gary Agnew examines the business dealings in the Republic of Ireland of Patrick Gallagher, who was convicted of fraud and fined £1.5 million in Northern Ireland. The investigation focuses mainly on Merchant Banking Ltd., the bank Gallagher controlled in Dublin, which collapsed in 1982. It resulted in 600 depositors losing their savings, totalling £4.5 million. Presented by John Bowman, this programme won a Jacob's Award for producer Mary Raftery. Watch

  • Italia '90 Team Homecoming

    Italia '90 Team Homecoming

    First broadcast 1 July 1990

    The Republic of Ireland football team return home to Dublin as national heroes after their first ever World Cup appearance, where they made it to the quarter-finals of Italia '90. Hundreds of thousands of fans line the streets to greet the team who were honoured with a state reception at College Green. Watch

  • School Around the Corner

    School Around the Corner

    First broadcast 15 November 1992

    Gerry Ryan chats to the pupils from Barrack St. Primary School in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. Watch

  • The Lyrics Board

    The Lyrics Board

    First broadcast 21 December 1992

    Hosted by Aonghus McAnally, this edition of the musical game show sees Kevin Hough joined by TV journalist Nick Coffey and singer Susan McCann, while John Keogh is joined by actress Anna Manahan and singer/comedian Joe Cuddy. Watch

  • Off the Record - Spike Milligan

    Off the Record - Spike Milligan

    First broadcast 4 October 1993

    This episode of the music-based chat series hosted by Marty Whelan features special guest Spike Milligan. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, under Gareth Hudson, provides Spike's choice of music. Watch

  • Eurovision from The Point

    Eurovision from The Point

    First broadcast 30 April 1994

    In 1994, it was RTE's turn again, after winning three in a row, to host the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner was 'Rock and Roll Kids' but it was the interval act, 'Riverdance' - with music by Bill Whelan and performed by dancers Jean Butler and Michael Flatley - that caught the world's attention. Watch

  • Hot Milk and Pepper

    Hot Milk and Pepper

    First broadcast 27 February 1998

    There's laughter and craic when two teams compete in this game show with host, comedian Brendan O'Carroll. Watch

  • Limelight - The Saw Doctors

    Limelight - The Saw Doctors

    First broadcast 5 November 1998

    Carrie Crowley chats to the Saw Doctors and some of their friends. The band perform several numbers, joined for some of them by musical guests Sharon Shannon, Donal Lunny and Sean Smith. Watch

  • True Lives - Lives Without Wives

    True Lives - Lives Without Wives

    First broadcast 30 November 1998

    This programme looks at the lives of single, unmarried men in Co. Monaghan. Watch

  • Reeling in the Years - 1999

    Reeling in the Years - 1999

    National and international events with popular music from the year 1999. Watch

  • CLASSICS 1980s

    CLASSICS 1980s

    The TV50 Classics theme for August on the RTÉ Player is '80s'

  • SBB ina Shuí

    SBB ina Shuí

    First broadcast 12 January 1982

    This programme, presented 'as Gaeilge' by Seán Bán Breathnach and Gráinne Uí Mhaitiú, is a music show traditionally broadcast from the RTÉ Studios in Dublin. This is the first time, after 186 programmes, that the show came from outside Dublin. The Outside Broadcast Unit travelled to the Aula Max in Cork University and among the guests were Gina Dale Haze and the Champions, traditional musicians Máire and Conal Ó Gráda and Jimmy Crowley with his electric band. Watch

  • Access Community Television: Derry Young People

    Access Community Television: Derry Young People

    First broadcast 8 December 1983

    This programme was made by the young people of Derry from both sides of the divide whose cultures have traditionally been opposed. They talk of their lives and how they spend their time in a troubled city. This programme won the Prix Jeunesse International UNESCO Award in 1984. Watch

  • Good Afternoon

    Good Afternoon

    First broadcast 25 October 1985

    Good Afternoon catches the atmosphere and excitement as the first flights leave Knock Airport bound for Rome. Watch

  • Face of the Earth

    Face of the Earth

    First broadcast 1 December 1986

    The damage being done by oil leaking from the Kowloon Bridge, a ship which ran aground off the West Cork coast, and a report following Brent Geese, from their winter habitat on The Bull Island in Dublin to their summer home in Northern Canada, are the main focus of this environmental programme. Watch

  • The Late Late Show - Tribute to The Dubliners

    The Late Late Show - Tribute to The Dubliners

    First broadcast 6 November 1987

    A special tribute programme marking the 25th anniversary of The Dubliners. Guests include Jim McCann, Christy Moore, Stockton's Wing, The Pogues, The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur and U2. The programme ends with all the guests joining The Dubliners for 'The Auld Triangle'. Watch

  • Faces and Places Wicklow

    Faces and Places Wicklow

    First broadcast 26 November 1987

    Kathleen Watkins visits many of the spectacularly beautiful locations of Co. Wicklow and meets some local people along the way. Watch

  • Nighthawks

    Nighthawks

    First broadcast 11 January 1989

    Enter the coolest diner in town. Shay Healy presides over the bar where celebrities drop in, you can find rock bands in the basement, film reports on the box and there is always a bit of drama. In this show we meet John Cleese, Tommy McManus of Mama's Boys, Tony Allen of Foster and Allen fame, Philip Donnelly, and the three-man comedy group Mr. Trellis, comprising Ardal O'Hanlon, Barry Murphy and Kevin Gildea. Watch

  • Bibi

    Bibi

    First broadcast 12 January 1989

    In this programme Bibi's special guest is reknowned tenor, Frank Patterson, with his wife, Eily O'Grady and son Eanan. The audience comprises many of his friends and fellow performers from his early days in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Watch

  • Where in the World

    Where in the World

    First broadcast 1 October 1989

    Theresa Lowe presents the first in a new series of the family quiz show where the Collins and Jones families go head to head in a battle of general knowledge to try and win a holiday and a chance to go on and win the star prize of a trip to Australia. Watch

  • Reeling In The Years – 1989

    Reeling In The Years – 1989

    First broadcast 8 November 1999

    National and international events, with popular music from the year 1989. Watch

  • CLASSICS 1970s

    CLASSICS 1970s

    The TV50 Classics theme for July on the RTÉ Player is '1970s'

  • Connemara and its Ponies

    Connemara and its Ponies

    First broadcast 30 November 1971

    This programme, filmed and produced by David Shaw Smith , documents the life cycle of the Connemara pony from Spring to Autumn and includes spectacular shots of the Connemara landscape. Script is written by Lord Michael Killanin. Watch

  • Music Makers - Planxty

    Music Makers - Planxty

    First broadcast 18 June 1973

    Playing to packed audience in the National Stadium in Dublin, Planxty performance is electric. The band consists of Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Liam O'Flynn, all who play a wide range of instruments. Watch

  • Trom agus Éadrom

    Trom agus Éadrom

    First broadcast 10 May 1977

    The series, a mixture of music and chat, was broadcast bi-lingually by Liam Ó Murchú, who became a household name with his famous catchphrase 'Bualadh bos'. This edition came from Goff's in Co. Kildare and features among its guests the Military Band of the Curragh Command, Dermot O'Brien and the Wolfe Tones. Watch

  • Galway and Molloy in Studio One

    Galway and Molloy in Studio One

    First broadcast 21 August 1977

    Classical meets traditonal in RTÉ's Studio 1, in a unique musical presentation partnering the world's leading flute player, James Galway, and Ireland's top traditional flautist, Matt Molloy. Both musicians chat to Ciarán Mac Mathúna. Watch

  • To the Waters and the Wild - Dingle Regatta

    To the Waters and the Wild - Dingle Regatta

    First broadcast 26 September 1977

    Gerrit van Gelderen captures the beauty of parts of 'The Kingdom' as he visits The Dingle Regatta and gives us a flavour of the excitement of the currach races and the atmosphere around the area. He also makes some observations on the effect of tourism on the Kerry environment. Watch

  • Stairway to Stardom

    Stairway to Stardom

    First broadcast 14 July 1978

    An all-star concert recorded at the National Stadium in Dublin, featuring some of the top entertainers who started their careers on the RTÉ children's series 'Seoirse Agus Beartlaí', back in 1963/64. Those performing include The Duane Family (Winners on ITV's Opportunity Knocks), Noel Healy, The Kinsellas, Seamus and Terry Shannon, The Lindsey Singers, The Cora Cadwell Dancers and Twink. Watch

  • Murphy's America - Nashville

    Murphy's America - Nashville

    First broadcast 30 November 1978

    Mike Murphy visits Nashville where he meets some of the greats of country music, including Tammy Wynette, Don Williams and Tom T. Hall, and gets an opportunity to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Watch

  • My Own Place - Tommy O'Brien

    My Own Place - Tommy O'Brien

    First broadcast 28 December 1978

    This is a self portrait of the unique broadcaster, Tommy O'Brien from Clonmel in Co. Tipperary. For many years he presented the RTÉ Radio programme 'Your Choice and Mine', with its opening words 'Good Evening Listeners' delighting the audience with a feast of wonderful music. O'Brien was a freedom fighter, a court stenograher, a journalist and a billiards champion, but above all was absolutely passionate about opera. Watch

  • Words and Music

    Words and Music

    First broadcast 15 May 1979

    This music progrqamme with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra from the RTÉ Studios, is hosted by the famous husband-and-wife musical duo, Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, who were living in Ireland at that time. Special guest is Dubliner Siobhán McCarthy, star of the London stage through major roles in 'Evita', 'Mamma Mia' and 'Hairspray' and also for her television portrayal of Róisín Connor in ITV's 'Bad Girls'. Watch

  • Reeling in the Years - 1979

    Reeling in the Years - 1979

    A look back at some of the main events of 1979 with a soundtrack of 1970s music. Watch

  • CLASSICS 1960s

    CLASSICS 1960s

    The TV50 Classics theme for June on the RTÉ Player is '1960s'

  • Ballad Session

    Ballad Session

    First broadcast 1 January 1963

    A programme of traditional music recorded in the RTÉ Studios during the ballad boom of the 60s. Among the featured performers are 'The Ronnie Drew Group', Johnny McEvoy, Seamus Ennis and Bobby Clancy. Watch

  • Broadsheet - Irish Actors in London

    Broadsheet - Irish Actors in London

    First broadcast 15 May 1963

    In this programme, Lelia Doolan interviews a glittering cast of Irish actors and writers working in England. These include Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris, Tom Murphy and Edna O'Brien. Watch

  • Discovery

    Discovery

    First broadcast 2 April 1965

    This programme gives a look behind the scenes at Telefís Éireann and the whole process of making a television programme. Watch

  • Portraits 1916 - Nora Connolly O'Brien

    Portraits 1916 - Nora Connolly O'Brien

    First broadcast 30 October 1965

    A moving interview with Nora Connolly O'Brien, daughter of James Connolly, one of the Easter Rising leaders, executed in 1916. She talks about her early life with her father, how she made breakfast for the leaders of the rebellion at Liberty Hall, and of being with her father on the night before his execution. Watch

  • Radharc in Africa

    Radharc in Africa

    First broadcast 28 April 1966

    The first television pictures of life in Third World countries seen in Ireland were brought by 'Radharc'. This programme tells the story of a difficult mission in the Turkana desert in Kenya where Irish Sisters of the Medical Missionaries of Mary bring medical services and food to a famine-stricken area. Watch

  • Dickie - Portrait of an Artist

    Dickie - Portrait of an Artist

    First broadcast 2 October 1966

    This programme looks at the life of one of Ireland's best-loved entertainers, Dickie Rock. We see Dickie at home with his family; recording and performing some of his best-loved hits 'Come Back to Stay', 'Georgie Porgie', and 'Every Step of the Way' in the ballrooms with the Miami showband; and spending time with his girlfriend, Judy. The programme ends with their marriage. Watch

  • A Stranger's Notebook on Dublin

    A Stranger's Notebook on Dublin

    First broadcast 20 October 1966

    Impressions of Dublin and its people made by Chris Malkiewicz, a Polish TV producer, who worked in RTÉ in the 60s. The film shows various scenes from around the city, accompanied by the voices of Dubliners talking about their city, and Aidan Grennell reading from the works of James Joyce. Children playing in city streets, cooling down in the fountain at St. Patricks, traffic in Grafton Street, a winter coat for 25 bob and a Garda on point duty are all part of this charming look at Dublin in 1966. Watch

  • Amuigh Faoin Spéir - Four go Fishing

    Amuigh Faoin Spéir - Four go Fishing

    First broadcast 21 November 1969

    Four young children spend an idyllic summer day outdoors fishing and looking at nature. There’s beautiful wildlife photography from Éamon de Buitléar and a rare chance to listen to the birdsong of a 1960s dawn chorus. Watch

  • Buntús Cainte

    Buntús Cainte

    First broadcast 17 December 1967

    The programme, which was transmitted daily, was aimed at teaching Irish to people who had little or none of the language. It was presented by Máire O'Neill, who said the phrases in English, and Aileen Geoghegan, who spoke them in Irish. Simple cartoons with the written word in Irish appeared on screen. Watch

  • Reeling in the Years - 1965

    Reeling in the Years - 1965

    First broadcast 1 October 2004

    A look back at some of the main events of 1965 accompanied by a soundtrack of sixties music. Ireland had visits from Princess Grace, Mick Jagger, Val Doonican and Princess Margaret. The Beatles received MBEs, the Soviets led the Space Race, Terry Wogan got married, Martin Luther King was marching for Civil Rights in the States and the Trade Unions were picketing on Irish streets. Watch

  • CLASSICS COMEDY

    CLASSICS COMEDY

    The theme for May on RTÉ Player TV50 Classics is 'Comedy'

  • O'Dea's Your Man: False Colours

    O'Dea's Your Man: False Colours

    First broadcast 2 February 1964

    Set in a signal box, the older and wiser station master, Mr. O (Jimmy O'Dea), and his younger assistant, Ignatius (David Kelly), discuss life. In this episode Mr. O remembers the days of his more athletic youth and his experience as a jockey giving advice to people such as Toss Taaffe and Aubrey Brabazon. An interesting accomplishment as Mr. O never actually rode a horse. Script by Myles na gCopaleen. Watch

  • That's Entertainment - The Comedian

    That's Entertainment - The Comedian

    First broadcast 27 April 1972

    A behind-the-scenes look at the work of comedian Hal Roach. The programme follows the entertainer from his home to a gig in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. He talks to camera about his children and his feelings about becoming a grandfather, before then taking to the stage. Watch

  • Hall's Pictorial Weekly

    Hall's Pictorial Weekly

    First broadcast 16 March 1973

    This black and white edition of the programme is one of the oldest complete 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly' episodes in the archives. This last of the 1972/'73 series treated viewers to a flavour of the people Frank Hall intervieweed during the year, from fishy tales in Mayo to balancing stacked glasses of drink on your head in Goresbridge. There's a visit to Ballymagash Garda Station, and Cha and Miah are at the seaside. Watch

  • The Live Mike

    The Live Mike

    First broadcast 22 February 1980

    Mike revisits the area where he grew up and catches out an old family friend in a bicycle shop before heading down the road to give his father a hard time. Dermot Morgan and Twink provide comedy sketches, with Father Trendy making an appearance. Rugby fans will be interested in an interview with the great Ken Goodall about his love for rugby union and his decision to turn professional and play Rugby League. Watch

  • Hall's Pictorial Weekly

    Hall's Pictorial Weekly

    First broadcast 5 March 1980

    Frank Hall is now editor of Hall's Pictorial Weekly Colour Supplement incorporating The Provincial Vindicator, The Ballymagash Impartial Reporter and The Tooreendohenybeg News and Star. This programme happens shortly after a Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis and the 'Feel and Fall' politicians come in for some stick from the Hal's Pic crew. We meet The Balyymagash TV Continuity Announcer, The Sisters of The Poor Mouth, some less than productive builders, The Minister for Inactivity and of course, Cha and Miah give us the Cork take on recent events. Watch

  • Twink

    Twink

    First broadcast 28 March 1982

    Music and comedy with Twink, Jonathan Ryan, Tom Murphy, the house band, backing singers and special guest Brendan Grace. Watch

  • The Brendan Grace Show

    The Brendan Grace Show

    First broadcast 12 November 1982

    Singing, dancing and comedy in a sparkling series, starring ‘His Grace’ himself. Joining him in this programme are Shaun O'Dowd, Rose Tynan, Daddy Cool And The Lollipops, and Gypsy. Brendan appears as a bearded nun, a news reader, Clark Kent and the ever-popular Bottler. Watch

  • Don't Feed the Gondolas

    Don't Feed the Gondolas

    First broadcast 26 April 1999

    Hosted by Sean Moncrieff, with team leaders Dara O'Briain and Brendan O'Connor, this review of the year episode features O'Connor's kiss with Anne Doyle, as well as highlights of phone calls made to such places as The White House, The Nobel Committee, and The Bellagio Hotel in Vegas. Among the guests are Twink, Tony Gregory, Michael Lyster and Steve Collins. At end of show O’Connor sings ‘To All The Girls I’v Loved Before’. Watch

  • Killinaskully - The German Fillum

    Killinaskully - The German Fillum

    First broadcast 30 December 2003

    The very first programme of the popular drama series featuring the bizarre goings on in an Irish village, starring and co-written by Pat Shortt. An air of excitement descends on Killinaskully with the arrival of a German film crew, intent on making a documentary about rural Irish life. Things, however, do not go according to plan. Dan and his cohorts try to help out, but along the way the visitors' teutonic sensibilities are put to the test. Watch

  • Naked Camera

    Naked Camera

    First broadcast 26 March 2007

    George Hook meets the taxi-driver from hell, American Chuck O'Loughlin searches for an O'Loughlin to give him a kidney, a fish shop gets an unusual customer, while an unsuspecting DART passenger is accused of being the father of a stranger's baby. Watch

  • CLASSICS CHILDREN

    CLASSICS CHILDREN

    The theme for April on RTÉ Player TV50 Classics is 'Children'

  • Once Upon a Time

    Once Upon a Time

    First broadcast 17 October 1963

    Jimmy O'Dea brings his own twist to some well-loved children's stories. In this episode he takes us to China for the story of 'Aladdin'. As with all good stories it has to end with 'they all lived happily ever after'. Watch

  • Daithí Lacha ar an bhFarraige

    Daithí Lacha ar an bhFarraige

    First broadcast 1 January 1965

    An early Irish cartoon series created by Flann Ó Riain, following the adventures of the Daithí Lacha, a duck whose catchphrase is 'Aililiú'. In this episode, Daithí and Puisín visit the seaside. They hire a boat but things do not go according to plan. Watch

  • Daithí Lacha

    Daithí Lacha

    First broadcast 8 June 1965

    Daithí’s mother sends him to the shops but as usual our hero can get nothing right. His friends Maidhc and Puisín, and some boys fishing at the bridge, guarantee that the day ends in disaster. Watch

  • Let's Draw with Bláithín

    Let's Draw with Bláithín

    First broadcast 3 April 1968

    Bláithín switches effortlessly from English to Irish throughout the programme as she shows the audience how to paint or create pictures from blobs, smudges and squiggles. Watch

  • Youngline

    Youngline

    First broadcast 1 June 1978

    This end-of-series edition of 'Youngline', presented by Conor McAnally, Hilary Orpen and Pat Butler, includes a performance from earlier that season of The Hype, shortly before they would become U2. Also performing is 10-year-old cellist Daire Fitzgerald, who went on to have a glittering career in America, collaborating with Yehudi Menuhin and André Previn. Watch

  • Wanderly Wagon - The Frog Princess

    Wanderly Wagon - The Frog Princess

    First broadcast 19 January 1979

    When Godmother reads the story of the Frog Princess, strange things begin to happen. Is this story book magic? Or is it because Fergus happens to be listening? The mystery is solved and there is still time for tea as usual in Wanderly Wagon. Watch

  • Anything Goes

    Anything Goes

    First broadcast 25 October 1980

    In this compilation, there is the usual Birthday Roller, 'Make and Do' with Mary Fitzgerald, and an extended report from the 11th Community Games held in Mosney, Co. Meath. Kathy Parke and Aonghus McAnally speak to some of those taking part and Eamon Coughlan is there to support the young athletes. Watch

  • Wanderly Wagon - The Robot Crow

    Wanderly Wagon - The Robot Crow

    First broadcast 8 January 1981

    Somebody has ruined Godmother's cake - but who? Mr. Crow is suspected. Is he the culprit or are Dr. Astro, the madly eccentric scientist, and his assistant, Sneaky Snake, up to their tricks again? Watch

  • C-P and Qwikstitch - Robots Come to Life

    C-P and Qwikstitch - Robots Come to Life

    First broadcast 6 October 1982

    An animated film about two robots living on a junk-strewn planet called Junkus Minor. C-P has the body of a vacuum cleaner, electric irons for feet, a spatula for a hand and a projector on his head. Qwikstitch is mainly sewing machine, with an upside-down teapot for a head. C-P tells Qwikstitch what he remembers of the humans. Watch

  • Bosco

    Bosco

    First broadcast 20 September 1983

    Pencils and chalk are the theme of this episode, presented by Gráinne Uí Mhaitiú and Frank Twomey. There's a song about Penelope Pencil, a tongue twister and a story about a baby duck and we go behind the Magic Door to see some pastry making. Watch

  • Pat's Chat

    Pat's Chat

    First broadcast 1 March 1985

    There's madness and mayhem in studio with Pat and the kids, not to mention the excitement of the tummy tester, Mrs. Rafferty's call and Lord Lollops and Spindle literally dropping in. Watch

  • Bosco

    Bosco

    First broadcast 8 October 1985

    Philip Tyler and Gráinne Uí Mhaitiú provide helping hands for Bosco, who sings along in the Hands song. We get a glimpse inside Bosco's box. There's a tongue twister from the Tongue Twister Twins and a trip to the zoo through the Magic Door. Watch

  • Bosco

    Bosco

    First broadcast 26 March 1986

    Mary Garrioch and Philip Tyler help Bosco to tidy his box and sing a washing song. There is a tongue twister from the twins and a trip through the Magic Door to see some reindeer being fed. Mary tells the story of the Red Jersey and Philip and Mary make some paper clothes. Watch

  • Aunty Poppy's Storytime

    Aunty Poppy's Storytime

    First broadcast 4 November 1987

    Jean Darling (Aunty Poppy), who was an American child actress in the 1920s, tells the story of 'Little Benny Pig and the Circus' to children in the studio and at home. She also wrote the story. Watch

  • Bosco

    Bosco

    First broadcast 23 December 1987

    Marian Richardson and Philip Tyler take a close look at animals, including creatures like snails, cockles and mussels. Marian reads a story about the two snails, Curly and Furly. There's a tongue twister from the twins and another adventure at Savers Supermarket with Síle and Séamus McSpud. Watch

  • Bosco

    Bosco

    First broadcast 20 January 1988

    Bosco and his friends Mary Garrioch and Frank Twomey learn to bake a cake, sing a baking song, try a tongue twister and hear the story of Leo the Lion with the very big appetite. There's a trip through the Magic Door, a 'Plonksters' animation and Frank makes a chef's hat. Watch

  • Borderline

    Borderline

    First broadcast 1 March 1988

    Coinciding with The Stag Hotpress Awards, this episode features award-winners popping into studio to chat or perform. Guests include Rory Gallagher, Mary Coughlan, Something Happens and Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen of U2. Co-motion Theatre Group give us a glimpse of a day in the life of a black slave in a white household in Southern Africa. Watch

  • Dilín Ó Deamhas

    Dilín Ó Deamhas

    First broadcast 10 May 1988

    An Irish programme for young children, which was a mixture of songs and stories. The programme is presented by Padraig Ó Briain and Máire De Barra, who was a familiar face for many years as one of RTÉ's best known continuity announcers. Watch

  • Bosco

    Bosco

    First broadcast 17 April 1988

    Like most people, Bosco couldn't stand creepy crawlies, until something happened to change his mind. David Byrne and Marian Richardson have a song about a caterpillar and there's something really special behind the magic door. Watch

  • Scratch Saturday

    Scratch Saturday

    First broadcast 9 March 1991

    A Mother's Day special featuring mothers and children taking part in games and quizzes. Mary Kingston is in Athlone and the Fanta Road Show comes from Longford with help from the then Minister for Finance, Albert Reynolds. Sandy Kelly is the mystery guest and there is the usual fun and games in studio with Captain Stan and his sidekick. Watch

  • Echo Island

    Echo Island

    First broadcast 23 December 1997

    In this Christmas-week programme, presented by Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh and Dara Ó Briain, Ardal O'Hanlon talks about his role in Fr. Ted and answers questions from callers. Dara is a burping Santa and RTÉ Cór na nÓg performs a Christmas song. Watch

  • Fadó Fadó - The Warty Tree

    Fadó Fadó - The Warty Tree

    First broadcast 9 April 2008

    Legends and aspects of traditional culture are portrayed by primary school children, who relate and illustrate a tale. Karen Gaffney tells the story of The Warty Tree, from its location near Clonmellon. Watch

  • CLASSICS IRISH

    The theme for March on RTÉ Player TV50 Classics is 'Irish'

  • Welcome Mr President

    Welcome Mr President

    First broadcast 28 July 1963

    President Kennedy’s memorable visit to Ireland in the last week of June 1963 resulted in the recording of more than 14 hours of television broadcasts. This condensed version gives the highlights of the president's tour, covering his arrival and all his main public appearances. Watch

  • Landmark: Patrick Fergus, Hill Farmer

    Landmark: Patrick Fergus, Hill Farmer

    First broadcast 22 April 1976

    Sheep farmer Patrick Fergus shares his thoughts on living alone and farming on his mountain farm in West Mayo. This programme won ‘The Golden Ear of Wheat’ award at the Berlin International Festival of Agri Films in 1978. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 1

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 1

    First broadcast 24 March 1977

    A helicopter moves over Ireland tracing patterns of today and yesterday in the landscape below. Our journey starts at Passage East in County Waterford, follows the Blackwater through County Waterford, and then travels across County Cork to Mizen Head and the Fastnet Light. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 2

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 2

    First broadcast 31 March 1977

    This journey starts above the lonely Skelligs and continues by way of Killarney, the Estuary of the Shannon and the Burren Country to Dún Aengus on the Aran Islands. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 3

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 3

    First broadcast 7 April 1977

    This film opens at the Rock of Cashel, moves over the towns and farmland of County Tipperary, visits Tynagh Mines and Ardnacrusha and ends up by the Shannon at Clonmacnoise. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 4

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 4

    First broadcast 14 April 1977

    This sky cruise affords glimpses of the Sligo that Yeats knew - Knocknarea, Ben Bulben, Lissadell - and the beauties of Donegal - Slieve League, Errigal, and the beaches, towns and uplands of the Republic's most northerly county. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 5

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 5

    First broadcast 21 April 1977

    Beginning at Drogheda, the helicopter flies along the Boyne Valley, hovers over the great pre-historic tumuli of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange, sights new mines and old castles and ends its flight at Royal Tara. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 6

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 6

    First broadcast 28 April 1977

    The ancient land of the "little grey walls" unfolds as we circle out of Galway City bound, via Salthill, for the Twelve Pins, Clifden, Achill Island and the rugged slopes of Croagh Patrick, with a final swing to the East for Boyle in County Roscommon. Watch

  • As the Crow Flies: Episode 7

    As the Crow Flies: Episode 7

    First broadcast 7 May 1977

    This journey begins at the site of the first Norman landing in Bannow Bay, crosses to Kilmore Quay and still staying in Co. Wexford flies over Vinegar Hill, New Ross and from there up the River Barrow and the Nore to Kilkenny City before turning East to Avondale, Glendalough, Avoca and finishing up over the Sugar Loaf mountain. Watch

  • Mists of Maam

    Mists of Maam

    First broadcast 25 December 1977

    Retired postman Tadhg Ó Cadhain (also known as Thadie Coyne) travels with reporter Padraic Ó Catháin, through the wild landscape of Maam in Connemara where 'The Quiet Man' was filmed. We see the area's breathtaking scenery and drop in to the new local primary school and to a session of music and dancing in the local pub. The programme is bi-lingual. Watch

  • The Brendan Voyage

    The Brendan Voyage

    First broadcast 22 May 1978

    This is the restored version of the film documenting the epic voyage undertaken by Tim Severin and his crew to replicate the sixth-century voyage of St. Brendan, The Navigator. Setting out from Kerry to North America in a small open boat made of ox-hide, we follow the tiny boat’s journey until its arrival in Newfoundland. This film inspired the Irish composer, Shaun Davey, to write his internationally acclaimed ‘Brendan Suite’ and this has now been incorporated into this restored version. Watch

  • The Green Linnet

    The Green Linnet

    A six-part film account of a musicial tour around Europe in the summer of 1978 by accordian player Tony McMahon and Barney McKenna of The Dubliners. Their small van was appropriately named "The Green Linnet". The pair "busked" their way from Brittany to the Mediterranean with "bosca ceoil" and banjo.

  • The Green Linnet: Episode 1

    The Green Linnet: Episode 1

    First broadcast 5 January 1979

    Before setting out, Tony McMahon and Barney McKenna visit The Coombe in Dublin to remember the last of the great travelling Irish musicians, Johnny Doran. From there, they head west to attend the Fleadh Nua in Ennis, Tony's hometown, before setting off for the ferry and the continent. Watch

  • The Green Linnet: Episode 2

    The Green Linnet: Episode 2

    First broadcast 12 January 1979

    Tony McMahon and Barney McKenna visit a Celtic Music Festival in Brittany. In this programme they head from the ferry to Lanrivain and then Quimper in Brittany attending a Celtic Music Festival along the way. Watch

  • The Green Linnet: Episode 3

    The Green Linnet: Episode 3

    First broadcast 19 January 1979

    Tony McMahon and Barney McKenna of The Dubliners visit Freighburg in Germany. Watch

  • The Green Linnet: Episode 4

    The Green Linnet: Episode 4

    First broadcast 26 January 1979

    Tony and Barney travel to Florence and stop in the Swiss Alps on the way, to rest and play some tunes. They arrive in Florence and see some of the great sights, including the statue of David, by Michelangelo. On the steps of a cathedral Tony plays an old Irish tune which reminds him about what has been lost to Ireland since the battle of Kinsale in the 17th century. Watch

  • The Green Linnet: Episode 5

    The Green Linnet: Episode 5

    First broadcast 2 February 1979

    The destination is St. Tropez, where Tony and Barney look very different to the sun worshippers. Playing on a beach, they stand out in their heavy clothes and boots beside the tanned, topless women. While walking through the streets Barney shows Tony how to work the street taps to drink water. Watch

  • The Green Linnet: Episode 6

    The Green Linnet: Episode 6

    First broadcast 9 February 1979

    Barney McKenna and Tony MacMahon travel to Andorra through the Pyrenees. This programme sees them refused admission to Spain, so they visit Andorra instead. Watch

  • Papal Visit to Ireland

    Papal Visit to Ireland

    First broadcast 1979

    To those who weren't there, or maybe even born, the depth of feeling that swept the country in the late summer of 1979 when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland is hard to explain. This footage captures some of the outpouring of devotion his holiness provoked. Watch

  • Hands: A Dublin Candle Maker

    Hands: A Dublin Candle Maker

    First broadcast 1 April 1980

    Few firms in Dublin can trace their origins back to the 15th Century. Rathborne Wax Chandlers, founded in 1488, still make elegant and beautiful church candles by almost the same method employed in the early days of candle making. Watch

  • Filling the Fourpenny Seats

    Filling the Fourpenny Seats

    First broadcast 19 November 1985

    Fr Thomas Doherty bought his first film camera in the 1930s and used it to capture life around him, especially in his native Donegal. This documentary takes its name from the price he charged for entry to his films in the local hall. Parades, processions, cutting hay, weddings, hospitals, train journeys: all are beautifully captured in black and white and then colour. Watch

  • One Thirty Fifth of a Horse

    One Thirty Fifth of a Horse

    First broadcast 24 November 1987

    For the price of two drinks a week you could share a dream – you could own a racehorse. That’s what hundreds of ordinary people are doing by grouping together to buy or lease a thoroughbred. This film follows the fortunes of two such groups, the Dublin Airport Racing Club and The Dundalk Racing Club. Watch

  • Ten Minute Tales: St Patrick and the Three Useless Things

    Ten Minute Tales: St Patrick and the Three Useless Things

    First broadcast 17 March 1988

    Eddie Lenihan tells the story of ‘St Patrick and the Three Useless Things’. Watch

  • Irish in Mind: Nuala O'Faolain

    Irish in Mind: Nuala O'Faolain

    First broadcast 20 March 1989

    Professor Anthony Clare talks to Nuala O'Faolain about her formative years with her family, her life at Oxford and with the BBC, and her return to Ireland. She tells him how when recalling the past she can only remember the bad bits and must have filtered out all the good things. Watch

  • Hanly's People: Seamus Heaney

    Hanly's People: Seamus Heaney

    First broadcast 10 April 1989

    David Hanly talks to Seamus Heaney about his early life at home in a divided townland, going to Queen's, the Civil Rights Movement, his first stirrings of poetry, success as a poet and about being famous. Heaney reads 'Fosterling', the poem he wrote for fellow Northern Ireland poet, John Montague. Watch

  • Open Eye: Home for the Holidays

    Open Eye: Home for the Holidays

    First broadcast 27 March 1990

    For nearly 150 years Achill has experienced the migration of its men folk, seeking work in Scotland and England. In the late 80’s however, the migration has changed to more permanent emigration. Ironically, Fr. Horan’s Airport at Knock has facilitated this move with emigrants returning to visit, particularly over the Christmas and New Year period. Watch

  • Here to Stay

    Here to Stay

    First broadcast 26 July 1990

    Tish Barry talks to Helen Lewis (born Helena Katz in Trutnov, Czechoslovakia 1916), a professional choreographer whose contemporary dance studies were interrupted by the Second World War. Being Jewish, she was incarcerated in camps including Auschwitz, before she escaped and came to Belfast. Watch

  • Art Attacks: Hindesight

    Art Attacks: Hindesight

    First broadcast 7 March 1994

    To Irish people of a certain age, John Hinde means postcards that have gone out of fashion but are a part of our past. This documentary film unravels the enigma of Hinde and explains his life as pioneer of early colour photography. Watch

  • Summer Pride: Top Cats

    Summer Pride: Top Cats

    First broadcast 10 July 1995

    The programme features legendary Kilkenny camogie players, the Downey twins, Angela and Ann, who have won 12 All-Ireland medals, including seven in a row, between1985 and 1991. We see shots of the girls in action, including the famous incident when Angela lost her skirt after being tackled during an All-Ireland Camogie Final. We hear from their father, Shem Downey, and from Kilkenny coach, Tom Ryan. Watch

  • Nationwide: Croagh Patrick

    Nationwide: Croagh Patrick

    First broadcast 29 July 1996

    Jim Fahy presents this special on Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo and the people who climb the mountain each year on ‘Reek Sunday’. An RTÉ News Production. Watch

  • Mighty Talk: A Journey with Druidsynge

    Mighty Talk: A Journey with Druidsynge

    First broadcast 7 February 2006

    To mark the Druid Theatre's 30th anniversary in 2005, Druidsynge undertook one of the most ambitious projects in Irish theatre for many years - to stage John Millington Synge's entire theatrical canon, back to back, over eight hours - under the directorship of Garry Hynes. Watch

  • The Green Linnet Remembered

    The Green Linnet Remembered

    First broadcast 6 September 2006

    Filmed in Tony McMahon's house on Good Friday 2006, three of the original film team from The Green Linnet series meet for the first time in over twenty years to bury the hatchet and think back on a trip of a lifetime. Barney remembers the women, the wine and his first sight of a nudist beach. Seamus and Tony remember the poor lodgings, the lack of food and the rows. But in the end, all agree that music is what held them together throughout. Footage from the original series is used to illustrate their memories. Watch

  • The School

    The School

    First broadcast 4 January 2010

    A landmark documentary series for RTÉ Television, following the students and teachers of St Peter's College Dunboyne, Co Meath over one academic year. Watch

  • The School

    The School

    First broadcast 11 January 2010

    Term two: As third and sixth-year students undertake their mock exams there's a break-in at the school. And with just a few days to go before opening night, the lead in the school musical falls ill. Can Adam learn an entire musical is less than a week? Watch

  • The School

    The School

    First broadcast 18 January 2010

    It's term three in the school. The students receive their mock results with just six weeks to the Leaving Cert exam. Mr Gannon announces his retirement. Will Adam be allowed perform at the awards ceremony after more disciplinary problems? Watch

  • Leargas: O Bhéal go Béal - Scéim na Scol

    Leargas: O Bhéal go Béal - Scéim na Scol

    First broadcast 26 April 2010

    In 1937 the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education, initiated a revolutionary scheme called Scéim na Scol. Children were asked to collect and document folklore and local history in special copybooks. Now in their mid-80s, four former students in the Muscraí Gaeltacht in Co. Cork who participated in this project vividly recall this experience. They are shown their copybooks for the first time with some surprising results. Watch

  • CLASSICS MUSIC

    The theme for February on RTÉ Player TV50 Classics is 'Music'

  • Daniel O’Donnell at Millstreet

    Daniel O’Donnell at Millstreet

    First broadcast 31 December 1994

    Daniel O'Donnell, accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the Daniel O'Donnell band, hosts a special New Year's Eve show from Millstreet in Cork and performs many of his best-known hits. Daniel's guests are singer Mary Duff, the Irish Youth Ballet, and 1994's Mary from Dungloe, Sarah Mulholland. Watch

  • Christy Moore: Let the Music Keep Your Spirits High

    Christy Moore: Let the Music Keep Your Spirits High

    First broadcast October 14 2001

    Christy Moore talks about his life in music and performs with Declan Sinnott and Dónal Lunny. He is also joined by special guests, Jimmy McCarthy and Sinéad O'Connor. Watch

  • Music Makers: Rory Gallagher

    Music Makers: Rory Gallagher

    First broadcast 11 June 1973

    Rory Gallagher in concert in the Savoy Cinema, Limerick, with Gerry McAvoy on bass and Rod de'Ath replacing Wilgar Campbell on drums. The concert is intercut with Gallagher in locations around Cork, talking about his early musical awakenings, buying his first Fender guitar and his big break at the Marquee Club in London. Watch

  • Music Makers: Horslips

    Music Makers: Horslips

    First broadcast 28 May 1973

    1973 was an important year for Horslips. They toured their debut album, 'Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part', while working on their influential follow-up, 'The Tain'. This memorable concert at the National Stadium includes classic tracks 'It's Never Too Late' (originally recorded by Steppenwolf), 'Comb Your Hair and Curl It', and their showstopping anthem, 'Furniture'. Watch

  • Fleadh Cheoil 1973 Listowel

    Fleadh Cheoil 1973 Listowel

    First broadcast 3 October 1973

    A feature documentary capturing the mood and music of the Fleadh Cheoil held in Listowel, Co. Kerry, in 1973. Watch

  • On Stage at the Stadium: George Melly

    On Stage at the Stadium: George Melly

    First broadcast 14 January 1976

    George Melly - author, film and tv critic, chat-show host, general eccentric, and Jazz Singer of the Year - performs with John Chilton's Feetwarmers at the National Stadium in Dublin. Watch

  • On Stage at the Stadium: Joe Dolan

    On Stage at the Stadium: Joe Dolan

    First broadcast 7 April 1976

    Joe Dolan, with The Drifters, performs some of his best-known songs, including 'Good Looking Woman', before a live audience at the National Stadium in Dublin. Watch

  • Paul Brady at the Embankment

    Paul Brady at the Embankment

    First broadcast 26 November 1976

    Paul Brady, along with Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Arty McGlynn, performs to an audience at the Embankment in Tallaght, Co. Dublin, as part of a series featuring well-known performers on the traditional Irish music scene. Watch

  • On Stage at the Stadium: Ray Lynam

    On Stage at the Stadium: Ray Lynam

    First broadcast 28 June 1978

    This programme features country singer Ray Lynam with his band, The Hillbillies, at the National Stadium in Dublin. He is joined on stage by Ireland's queen of country music, Philomena Begley, for a selection of numbers. Watch

  • Boney M in Concert

    Boney M in Concert

    First broadcast 25 December 1978

    Boney M perform in concert at the RDS in Dublin with an electrifying show, which includes such hits as 'Rivers of Babylon', 'Brown Girl in the Ring' and 'Mary's Boy Child'. Watch

  • At the Gaiety: The Dubliners

    At the Gaiety: The Dubliners

    First broadcast 8 March 1980

    This concert celebrates the reuniting of Ronnie Drew with The Dubliners - Luke Kelly, John Sheahan and Barney McKenna - and features song favourites 'Whiskey in the Jar', 'The Town I Loved So Well' and 'Waltzing Matilda'. Watch

  • She's Got It: Dolores Keane

    She's Got It: Dolores Keane

    First broadcast 6 November 1988

    Dolores Keane presents her own programme, showcasing her considerable musical talent. She is joined by her band and family members, including her aunts Rita and Sarah Keane, and special guests Paul Brady and Hank and Matt Wangford. Performances include 'Caledonia'. Watch

  • RTÉ Proms: Carmina Burana

    RTÉ Proms: Carmina Burana

    First broadcast 10 October 1993

    Carmina Burana by Carl Orff featuring the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gearóid Grant, the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir and Cór na nÓg, with choral director Colin Mawby, and soloists Frances Lucey, Peter Kerr and Donald Maxwell. Introduced by Ian Fox. Watch

  • Christmas Showtime with Boyzone

    Christmas Showtime with Boyzone

    First broadcast 26 December 1996

    Before their sell-out concerts at The Point, chart-toppers Boyzone perform some of their best-known hits for their fans, in the setting of Fossett's Circus tent, with magic, dance and circus thrills. Watch

  • Westlife at HQ

    Westlife at HQ

    First broadcast 25 December 1999

    A five-piece Westlife perform early hits such as 'Flying Without Wings' and 'Swear it Again' to their adoring fans. Features special guest performances from Ronan Keating, Brian Kennedy and Samantha Mumba. Watch

  • CLASSICS TALK

    The theme for January on RTÉ Player TV50 Classics is 'Talk'

  • The Late Late Show

    The Late Late Show

    First broadcast 8 November 1969

    In November 1969, 'The Late Late Show' held a live debate on public service television, centred on a book called ‘Sit Down and Be Counted’, written by three RTÉ TV producers who had resigned; Lelia Doolan, Bob Quinn and Jack Dowling. Television producers at the time questioned a potential conflict between RTÉ’s editorial and commercial concerns. Footage from this show was included in 'Battle Station' (2012), a two-part documentary about RTÉ. As part of TV50, the RTÉ Library Archive has restored this programme uncut and in its entirety, including ‘off-air’ sound-only, recorded during commercial breaks. Watch

  • This Week

    This Week

    First broadcast 15 September 1974

    Mother Teresa of Calcutta talks to Nodlaig McCarthy about her life and work. This was her second appearance on Irish television. Watch

  • Tell Me

    Tell Me

    First broadcast 24 October 1979

    Actor Richard Burton talks to John O'Donoghue about his love of poetry and women and the effect his career has had on his private life. Watch

  • Tell Me

    Tell Me

    First broadcast 1 August 1980

    John O'Donoghue interviews agony aunt Frankie Byrne and playwright John B Keane. Watch

  • Proinsias Mac Aonghusa Ag Caint Le

    Proinsias Mac Aonghusa Ag Caint Le

    First broadcast 5 October 1981

    Proinsias Mac Aonghusa interviews poet Máirtín Ó Díreáin. His poems, most of which were inspired by life on the Aran islands, were all written in Irish. Ó Díreáin quotes from his own work. Watch

  • The Women's Programme

    The Women's Programme

    First broadcast 6 February 1984

    In light of the tragic deaths in Granard of a teenage mother and her baby, 'The Women's Programme' discusses attitudes to teenage sexuality. Presented by Doireann Ní Bhriain, Nell McCafferty and Marian Finucane. Watch

  • Saturday Live

    Saturday Live

    First broadcast 7 March 1987

    Rhonda Paisley interviews her father Ian Paisley for the first time on Irish television. Watch

  • Hanly's People

    Hanly's People

    First broadcast 19 October 1987

    David Hanly interviews Robert Fisk, Middle East Correspondent for the London Times. Holder of the 'Journalist of the Year' and 'International Reporter of the Year' awards, he had been the newspaper's Irish Correspondent from 1972 to 1975. Watch

  • Hanly's People

    Hanly's People

    First broadcast 7 December 1987

    David Hanly interviews Eamon Dunphy. Dunphy joined Manchester United as a 15-year old and played professional football with Millwall before becoming a journalist in Dublin. Watch

  • Saturday Live

    Saturday Live

    First broadcast 19 December 1987

    Presented by Joe Dolan, guests include ballad singer Nita Norry, comedian Bal Moane and golfer Christy O'Connor jnr. Watch

  • Hanly's People

    Hanly's People

    First broadcast 25 January 1988

    David Hanly interviews Ronnie Drew, a founder member of The Dubliners along with Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna and Ciarán Bourke. Watch

  • Kenny Live

    Kenny Live

    First broadcast 17 December 1988

    This programme features Jack Charlton and his mother Cissie Charlton. Music from Chris De Burgh, Rebecca Storm, and Foster and Allen. Watch

  • Kenny Live

    Kenny Live

    First broadcast 1 April 1989

    This episode features a young Miriam O'Callaghan, in one of her first appearances on RTÉ television. A former researcher on 'This is Your Life', she took part in a discussion about Eamonn Andrews, prompted by the publication of Tom Brennand's biography. Also featured are Twink and snooker player John Parrott. Watch

  • Kenny Live

    Kenny Live

    First broadcast 1 May 1993

    Naomi Campbell announces her engagement to Adam Clayton of U2. Bruce Arnold, author of 'Haughey His Life and Unlucky Deeds' and Charlie McCreevy, Minister for Trade and Tourism, talk about Charles Haughey. D'Unbelievables discuss their wedding act and perform a musical medley. Watch

  • Saturday Live

    Saturday Live

    First broadcast 5 February 2000

    Guest host Dave Fanning chats to various guests in studio including his old friend Bono, as well as Louis Walsh and Cathy Kelly. Watch

  • I'm Mike Murphy from RTÉ

    I'm Mike Murphy from RTÉ

    First broadcast 4 November 2007

    Long before 'Naked Camera' and 'Anonymous', RTÉ let loose the original king of hidden camera on the unsuspecting people of Ireland. The Americans had 'Candid Camera', the British had Jeremy Beadle and we had the effervescent Mike Murphy. Watch

  • The Late Late Show

    The Late Late Show

    First broadcast 23 October 1971

    Guests include Manchester United manager Matt Busby, television presenter Eamonn Andrews and actor and comedian Peter Sellers. Watch

  • The Late Late Show

    The Late Late Show

    First broadcast 18 December 1976

    A tribute to the acclaimed singer, actor, and comedian Maureen Potter. The panel include Fred O'Donovan of the Eamonn Andrews Studios, friend and agent to Maureen, Patricia Cahill who performed for a number of years with Maureen and Thelma Ramsey, Maureen's musical director and accompanist. Watch

  • The Late Late Show

    The Late Late Show

    First broadcast 2 January 1982

    A Late Late Show special celebrating 20 years of TV. Appearances by Michael O'Hehir, Mary Kenny, Bunny Carr, Tom McGurk and Dickie Rock. Watch

  • Mailbag

    Mailbag

    First broadcast 19 March 1987

    Presented by Arthur Murphy. Includes a letter from an anonymous Co. Laois viewer who queries changes in the RTÉ symbol across the years, including what has happened to RTÉ's St. Brigid's cross. Arthur interviews David Holden, RTÉ's Director of Public Affairs, on the subject. Watch

  • Mailbag

    Mailbag

    First broadcast 1 October 1987

    Presented by Arthur Murphy. Includes a letter from Mary O'Driscoll from Blarney St, Cork who writes in verse about the issue of Arthur's hair and how it might be dyed. Paddy Clark, a historian from RTÉ's Public Affairs Division, is interviewed about RTÉ viewers' history as well as early televisions. Watch

  • The Late Late Show

    The Late Late Show

    First broadcast 21 May 1999

    The last edition of 'The Late Late Show' with Gay Byrne at the helm. Guests include Billy Connolly, Salman Rusdie, Mary McAleese, Christy Moore, Val Doonican and Larry Mullen and Bono from U2. Watch