RTÉ Television launched its programming for the new season this afternoon, announcing 54 new home-produced series or documentaries as well as the return of many old favourites.
The new season was launched by the new Managing Director of Television, Glen Killane, who confirmed RTÉ's new afternoon schedule for the coming year.
Two new programmes have been slated in with Maura Derrane anchoring the new '4 Daily' which will be followed by 'Daily Extra' presented by new 'Rose of Tralee' host Dáithí Ó Sé and Claire Byrne.
It was also confirmed that Brendan O’Connor would be returning to our screens on ‘The Saturday Night Show’ after a successful debut last season.
New factual shows were announced with a new series exploring children from distinct perspectives, a three-part crime series, 'Bad Fellas', and a six-part observational documentary series set in one of Ireland's busiest maternity hospitals ('From Here to Maternity').
In drama, Pat Shortt is set for a return as 'Mattie' with 'Raw' and 'Single-Handed' also making comebacks. Among the new Irish drama on offer will be a four-part series set in Dublin’s gangland called ‘Love/Hate’ and starring Aidan Gillen. The very popular 'Hardy Bucks' will make the move from 'StoryLand' on www.rte.ie to RTÉ Two.
Eddie Hobbs and Keelin Shanley are set to host a new programme called 'The Consumer Show' while favourites 'Fergal Quinn’s Retail Therapy', 'At Your Service' and 'Off The Rails' all return.
'The Panel' also returns with new host Craig Doyle to keep the teams in order.
Baz Ashmawy and Lucy Kennedy are set to host a new show ('Do The Right Thing') on RTÉ Two which launches a search for the ultimate volunteer while Jennifer Maguire is aiming to bring love to the nation with 'One Night Stand'.