Jaw-dropping cases to be examined in return of Finné, TG4's excellent documentary series
Tales of crime and corruption in Ireland. These sound extremely interesting.
With new documentaries on the likes of Eamon DeValera in America, Richard Harris and Martin McGuinness in the works, it's clear that TG4 have made a serious commitment to the documentary genre.
However, as regular TG4 viewers will know, this isn't a new development; the first season of the award-winning Finné was exceptional.
To the station's immense credit, they saw the changing trend in the documentary genre and embraced the style of Netflix with the series. What made Finné so unique was that each story was specific to an Irish event.
We're delighted to say that the second season of the show returns early next month; the new season will consist of six episodes and will aim to shine a light into the darkest corners of Irish society
Filmed over 12 months by Galway’s Tua Films and presented by RTÉ’s courts correspondent, Orla O’Donnell, Finné recounts intimate stories of triumphs and traumas, of dogged resilience and human frailties.
Below are the topics that will be explored over the course of the season.
Episode 1: Mayo native Sophia Murphy tells her remarkable story of triumph over adversity as she comes to terms with her father’s conviction in 2018. Sophia's father had been sexually abusing her from the age of three.
Episode 2: Former Post Office manager Tony O’ Reilly recounts how he stole €1.75 million from An Post and gambled €10 million through one Paddy Power betting account before being sent to prison.
Episode 3: Amy Dunne (or Miss D) recalls her fight through the courts to be allowed to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2007, when she became pregnant with a fatal foetal abnormality as a teenager.
Episode 4: Paddy Merrigan chronicles how he struggled with his mental health while enjoying his meteoric rise to fame and fall from grace as a racing jockey. Now, he’s ready for his comeback.
Episode 5: Former Garda Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire looks back at his investigation into the Father Greene sexual abuse case in Donegal, one of the worst cases of sexual abuse that this country has ever seen.
Episode 6: Francie McGuigan and Liam Shannon recount their experiences of being subjected to mental and physical maltreatment when interned in 1970s Belfast.
Finné begins on Wednesday, 2 October at 9.30pm on TG4.