RTÉ Television launched it Autumn season this afternoon announcing 114 new and returning home produced series across RTÉ One, RTÉ Two and its Digital channels in the coming months.
Gay Byrne will interview Noel Gallagher in the new series of The Meaning of Life, Ryan Tubridy returns as Late Late Show host and Brendan O’Connor is back in the hotseat on The Saturday Night Show while Hector Ó hEochagáin will be taking to the highways and by-ways of Ireland and Irish Pictorial Weekly offers a satirical slant on Irish life.
Also back is The Voice of Ireland with Kathryn Thomas at the helm while Celebrity Bainisteoir returns is back with a new twist. On RTÉ Two Craig Doyle holds court on his chat show while Bernie Walsh has her eye on re-inventing breakfast television with the help of her trusty sidekick Brian.
Format Farm is an innovative series of exciting new Irish generated television entertainment programme formats including pilots like The Hit, The Takeover and Six in the City.
As part of Back to School Week, three documentaries on the Irish educational system will air during the first week of September – Inside the Department, John Lonergan’s School Principles and Scoil Mhuire. Clinical Psychologist David Coleman will explores the issue of teen bullying in Bullyproof while Claire Byrne witnesses real rescues unfold in Ireland Search and Rescue.
IFTA award-winning Love/Hate is back for its third season under King Nidge’s reign and Jojo and the kitchen crew return for a fifth season of RAW. Ireland’s favourite home-grown soap Fair City enters its 24th season and new crime series The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson and made in Belfast in association with RTÉ, makes its debut.
Nick Munier and Dylan McGrath are back to cook up a storm in the second series of Masterchef and three well known personalities take up the challenge of learning a musical instrument in Instrumental.
The Choice is a new interview based format presented by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh which will explore the consequences of religious and ethical decisions. The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne returns and Gay speaks to former President Mary McAleese and Noel Gallagher.
There will be plenty of international drama on offer this season with new series Hell on Wheels starring Colm Meaney rolling onto RTÉ Two while returning series Homeland, Revenge, Big Bang Theory, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, CSI, CSI New York and The Mentalist will all be shown first on RTÉ.
RTÉ Young Peoples are bringing two new Irish animations - Joe and Jack and I’m a Creepy Crawly – plus surf show Big Wave Bootcamp and a brand new reality series Football’s Next Star which offers one lucky Irish soccer player a coveted place at Glasgow Celtic’s prestigious Youth Academy.
Managing Director of RTÉ Television Glen Killane said "In this Digital age there is no such thing as an Irish television market. Almost 80% of Irish households have access to hundreds of digital channels, most of them with no Irish programming. RTÉ and the other Irish broadcasters are competing against some of the largest and best-funded broadcasters in the world, yet last year 47 of the top 50 programmes shown in Ireland were broadcast on RTÉ. The range and quality of RTÉ’s output is our past, our present and the key to our digital future."