Graham Norton adaptation and new Irish crime thriller among Virgin Media Television's spring schedule 4 days ago

Graham Norton adaptation and new Irish crime thriller among Virgin Media Television's spring schedule

There's also plenty for documentary fans.

Virgin Media Television (VMTV) has announced details of its spring schedule, which includes two big new Irish drama series.

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One of these is Holding, an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Graham Norton which was filmed in Cork.

Conleth Hill (Dublin Murders, Game of Thrones) will star in the show as a West Cork Garda described as "a gentle mountain of a man" who is called to solve a serious crime for the first time in his career.

The supporting cast of the show also includes Brenda Fricker, Charlene McKenna, Helen Behan, Pauline McLynn, Siobhán McSweeney and JOE alumnus Michael Fry.

Also coming to VMTV in spring is crime thriller Redemption, which tells the story of Liverpool-based Detective Colette Cunningham (Ray Donovan's Paula Malcomson) who returns to Dublin to uncover the truth when she learns of the death of her estranged daughter.

As well as these shows, new documentary series The Criminal Assets Bureau will air on the channel, offering unprecedented access to the main investigators responsible for seizing the assets of some of Ireland’s most notorious criminals.

Meanwhile, the four-part series Crash Scene Investigates starts on Virgin Media One on 18 January telling the real-life stories of Irish car crashes, how they happened and the long-term impact they caused.

On top of these, the popular programme The Guards: Inside the K returns in the spring for another series.

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Lucy Kennedy will also host a four-part show titled Lucy’s Tribes which sees her try to disarm and charm four fascinating factions of Irish society, while Irish dating show Generation Dating will be back on screens after a 2020 pilot for its first season.

In terms of sport, the Men’s Guinness Six Nations is returning and the Women’s and Under 20s tournaments will be broadcasting on the channel for the first time.

The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League will also be back on VMTV in February, while all nine games from the UEFA European Qualifiers Play-off Finals will air from 24 March.

Meanwhile, the first three seasons of popular series Baywatch are to be made available to watch through the Virgin Media Player platform this January.