RTÉ today launched its new season of programming, featuring a host of new faces, long-time favourites and a renewed focus on climate and meaningful real life stories. 

As the hurdle of climate change becomes even more pressing, and more people seek sustainable lifestyle changes, RTÉ is committing to exploring the challenge of environmental issues. This November, RTÉ will devote an entire week of investigations, events and debate to the issue.

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As its pièce de résistance, RTÉ will air the groundbreaking Youth Assembly, which will see 157 young people will meet in the Dáil to debate the issues. 

While long-time favourites like The Late Late Show, Ireland's Fittest Family and Dancing With the Stars will continue to dazzle and delight us, RTÉ will also feature a host of new faces, entrusted with bringing the issues, challenges and interests of Ireland's young people to the table. 

The Teenage Ambassadors will lift the lid on a rarely seen part of the population, following the journeys of young people in direct provision as they navigate everyday challenges such as the Leaving Cert, alongside more pronounced political and societal issues like migration. 

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The new season will champion real-life stories from real people, through a new season of the beloved show The Rotunda, following the daily highs and lows of nurses and midwives in one of the country's most bustling hospitals. 

The Yellow Brick Road will see four young presenters transform the lives of ordinary people, bringing each of their own life experiences to hand to guide them through issues. The charming show will also feature a familiar face, as Jordan Dunbar - who delighted viewers with his appearance on First Dates - joins the madcap team. 

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Claire Fullam, who moved people with her story of living with alopecia areata, which caused her to lose 85% of her hair in just three weeks, will also feature on this no doubt heartwarming show. 

Speaking at the launch, RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes said: "Public service media has never been more important. Independent journalism, local stories, home-grown performers, writers and artists: these are what you will see in a diverse schedule which, across television, radio and online, demonstrates the breadth of what RTÉ delivers to Irish life, and underlines how important public service media is in reflecting who we were, who we are today, and where we're going."

For information on RTÉ's new dramas, click here. 

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