RTE announce details of 60 new shows and series coming to RTÉ One and RTÉ2 this season
Some of the RTÉ documentaries sound particularly promising.
RTÉ certainly can’t be accused of lacking quantity with their new season television schedule, having announced details of 60 new shows and series coming to RTÉ One and RTÉ2 over the coming months.
The quality of the output as opposed to the quantity of it is the most important thing, of course, but there are certainly a few offerings that would appear to have plenty of appeal for viewers.
Amongst the highlights of the RTÉ schedule is The Axel Foley story, which celebrates his journey from a working class Limerick suburb to the pinnacle of international rugby a year after his untimely death.
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Elsewhere, Baz Ashmawy will explore the topic of gambling in a probing new documentary, while Joe O’Shea will guide viewers through the top 30 billionaires and millionaires who make up this year’s Sunday Times Rich List and reveal what exactly it takes to join such an exclusive club.
No Country for Women, meanwhile, is a two-part documentary looking at the relationship between women and the Irish State over the past 100 years, from restricting their ability to work to blocking access to fertility control.
The likes of Striking Out (starring Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey) and Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope will return with new seasons, while RTÉ will also broadcast The Young Offenders, a six-part series based on the hugely successful movie about two bold but loveable rascals getting up to no good in Cork.
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Commenting on the new schedule, RTÉ’s Director-General, Dee Forbes, said: “This autumn and winter RTÉ will offer big, beautiful and captivating natural history programmes; a strong line-up of female led- dramas; and a range of ambitious, incisive documentaries that tell Ireland's story.
“RTÉ is making new comedy with new young writers; RTÉ is bringing the arts to big audiences through a host of new authored documentaries; RTÉ is partnering with more national cultural institutions and organisations than ever before.
“Supported by the backbone of RTÉ - news and sport - these new schedules demonstrate a passion for public service media, a commitment to working with others, new talent and new faces, and delivers standout national moments. Our ambition - our role - is to captivate the nation, and this new schedule demonstrates that, RTÉ will continue to put great Irish content at the heart of what we do.”
You can check out the new schedule in full here.