Title: Dragons Den
Dragons' Den returns for a seventh series to RTÉ One on Sunday April 17th at 9.30pm featuring two new Dragons, Alison Cowzer and Eleanor McEvoy, alongside returning favourites Gavin Duffy, Barry O'Sullivan and Eamonn Quinn.
Alison Cowzer is co-founder and Marketing/Innovation Director of East Coast Bakehouse, Ireland's only large scale biscuit manufacturing business based in Drogheda. She is also co-founder and Managing Director of 'The Company of Food', a specialist food investment business. Joining her will be Eleanor McEvoy, the CEO of Budget Energy Ltd, one of the leading providers of low cost electricity in the Northern Ireland market with over 60,000 residential and commercial customers. A serial entrepreneur, she previously set up and sold two multi-million euro businesses.
This eight part series will see a host of original and unique ideas pitched to the Dragons with everything from food, fashion, beauty, fitness, education and journalism. But will the Dragons invest? And if more than one Dragon is interested who will come out on top? The Dragons have turned up the heat in the Den and are ready to go head to head to secure the best investments.
The seventh series of Dragons' Den has also seen the highest percentage of female entrepreneurs in the history of the show. Huge evidence that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and with over €930k invested this series promises to deliver some great Irish success stories!
Transmission: Sunday RTÉ One @ 21.30
Production Company: Screentime ShinAwil
Title: First Dates Ireland
Cupid's arrow is set to hit Irish shores this month when the brand new series of First Dates Ireland airs on RTÉ2. The restaurant doors will swing open on Thursday, April 21 at 9.30pm bringing singletons from all over the country together in the hope of finding love.
At the helm of the Irish First Dates restaurant is maître d' - Mateo Saina. Originally from Croatia, Mateo moved to Dublin in 2004 to take up a position at 'Browns on the Green'. Falling instantly in love with the city and its people, Mateo has lived here ever since.
Joining Mateo is his team of merry matchmakers; barman Ethan Miles and waitress Alice Marr, who will help set the scene and give romance the best possible chance to flourish.
First Dates Ireland was filmed over five days earlier this year in Coda Eatery in The Gibson Hotel where every moment was captured by over 14 cameras in the first fixed rig show of its kind to be made in Ireland.
The singletons who will visit the restaurant range in age from 20 to 70 plus. The unobtrusive cameras allow the daters to forget they are being filmed and start bonding. or not!!
Transmission: Thursday RTÉ2 @ 21.30
Production Company: CoCo Television