RTÉ Television has announced full details of its new season, with over 55 brand new home-produced series and documentaries in addition to returning favourites.
Launching the new season, Noel Curran, Managing Director, RTÉ Television, said: "In this difficult economic climate it gives me particular pleasure to launch such a diverse schedule, full of quality Irish programming for viewers to engage with and enjoy.
"All available resources have been channelled into home-produced programming. It has been made as cost-efficiently as possible with streamlined production models, at times utilising co-production funding, in order to ensure that viewers receive the quality, range and diversity of indigenous programming they expect of us and that is our promise to them as the Irish Public Service Broadcaster - their broadcaster of choice."
RTÉ Drama's highlights include:
Fair City is celebrating its 20th anniversary this autumn.
Pure Mule The Last Weekend reunites many of the much-loved characters of the original series in a community now in economic freefall.
(New)The Eclipse is a supernatural love story starring Aidan Quinn, Ciarán Hinds and Iben Hjejle. Directed and co-adapted by Conor McPherson.
The Clinic returns for a seventh series with new doctor Edel Swift (Victoria Smurfit) and a new love interest for Dan (Alison Doody).
RTÉ Entertainment includes:
The Late Late Show returns with its brand new host, Ryan Tubridy.
(New) Val Falvey TD - Ardal O’Hanlon stars as recently elected TD Val Falvey in this brand new six-part series written by Arthur Mathews (Father Ted) and Paul Woodfull (Stew).
All Ireland Talent Show returns on a mission to uncover the most engaging, exciting, impressive and entertaining talents this country has to offer, in bigger and better show and a new companion show, presented by Aidan Power.
(New) Byrne Ultimatum - A brand new six part panel show presented by Jason Byrne.
(New) Maeve Higgins’ Fancy Vittles - Set in a country kitchen Maeve helps her sister Lilly, a brilliant cook, to prepare minor feasts for various people.
(New) Sarah & Steve - From the makers of Dan & Becs, this new comedy focuses on a couple from Tallaght and their struggling relationship.
(New) Podge & Rodge’s Stickit Inn - Every Tuesday night Podge & Rodge host a quiz with a difference from their new hangout The Stickit Inn.
(New) Karl Spain Wants to Rock! - Karl Spain searches for Ireland’s greatest hard-rock tribute band.
RTÉ Arts includes:
(New) John Connolly: Of Blood and Lost Things - Traces 39-year-old Connolly’s journey from jobbing journalist with The Irish Times to publishing superstardom.
(New) A Time of War tells the story of the Northern conflict through the writings playwright, screenwriter and novelist Eugene McCabe.
(New) Gilbert O’Sullivan is a documentary following O’Sullivan as he writes, records and tours across 2008 and 2009.
(New) Sean Scully - A profile of one of Ireland’s favourite artists and his obsession with boxing.
RTÉ Lifestyle shows include:
(New) Living Lightly follows three Irish families as they strive to revolutionise the cost and quality of their lives. Presented by Ella McSweeney with consumer expert Conor Pope.
(New) Health of the Nation - Dr Mark Hamilton and new presenter Dr Nina Byrnes travel the country meeting the public to discuss and diagnose medical conditions.
(New ) Stone Cold Sober - Four part series following six men as they give up alcohol for six months.
(New) Rachel Allen: Home Cooking - Family food gets the Rachel Allen treatment in her new 13-part series.
RTÉ Factual programming includes:
(New) Addicted to Money - David McWilliams surveys the wreckage of the global economy.
(New) Killers - Profiles the murder of Fareh Swaleh Noor by the Mulhall sisters and of Rachel O’Reilly by her husband Joe.
(New) The Sheriff & Me - A series of intimate portrayals of people coping - or not - with serious debt.
(New) Growing Up Gay - A frank and sensitive exploration of emotional crisis in young lives.
Among RTÉ Young Peoples' shows are:
(New ) Test the Teachers - Pupils set questions, tasks and challenges for teachers from another school.
(New ) The Shrinks - A group of children, aged 9-13, give adults advice on how to solve their lifestyle problems.
(New) Band from School takes bands and musicians back to re-visit the schools they attended as children.
(New) The Guitar - 16 of Ireland’s most young electric guitarists compete to win Fender’s extraordinary Rory Gallagher Tribute Stratocasterguitar.
RTÉ Acquisitions include:
(New) Flash Forward - Concept drama starring Joseph Fiennes, Courtney Vance and Jack Davenport.
(New) The Good Wife - Julianna Margulies stars as a wife and mother forced to return to the workforce and a defence attorney career after her husband’s (Chris Noth) very public sex and political corruption scandal.
(New) Nurse Jackie - Quirky comedy/drama starring Edie Falco (The Sopranos) as a strong-willed New York City nurse.
RTÉ Diversity programming includes:
(New) The School - observational documentary series following the stories and dramas of a school over one academic year.
(New) CSÍ Fada - A series of documentary programmes featuring Irish historical crime stories.
(New) Music Changes Lives - A documentary series exploring the power of music as an ‘intervention’ tool for positive change in some Dublin schools.
(New) Beyond the Berlin Wall - Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this four-part series goes behind the shadows of the fallen walls of Eastern Europe.
RTÉ News and Current Affairs programming includes:
(New) The Frontline A brand new weekly current affairs programme presented by Pat Kenny, in which he hosts debate on the major political, economic and social issues of the day between studio guests and an invited audience.
Among RTÉ MUSIC's programmes is:
(New) All Island School Choir The pick of the country’s second level school choirs will star in this five programme series presented by Anne Cassin.
RTÉ Religious programming includes:
(New) Does God Hate…? Marian Finucane chairs a series of studio discussions, in which she asks people from a variety of faiths: Does God Hate... Sex, Science, Women and Peace?
Movie premieres include: Rocky Balboa, The Devil Wears Prada, Poseidon, Last Holiday, Fun with Dick & Jane, The Holiday, Happy Feet, Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Incredibles, Night At the Museum and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
For more: www.rte.ie/tv/newseason/