TG4 announce details of their upcoming season
TG4 launched its autumn schedule on Wednesday.
The season will feature a documentary series that's been billed as Ireland's answer to Making a Murderer, that will unpack some of the most gripping mysteries that have permeated Irish culture.
Tabú, hosted by Eoghan McDermott, will also deal with controversies relating to injustice and the burning questions facing Irish society today.
2018 will also, after 10 years, see the return of GAA programme Underdogs, with renowned footballers Paul Galvin, Valerie Mulcahy and Ray Silke as this year’s selectors, putting a new group of skilled hopefuls under pressure and creating plenty of healthy competition for places on their team.
A statement by TG4 confirmed the remainder of the exciting, upcoming schedule:
"Series’ such as ‘Bailte’, ‘Gaeil UK’, ‘Turas Bóthar’, ‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’ and ‘Bádóirí’ give us a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people and particular communities, in Ireland and Britain, in a contemplative but entertaining way.
"Sports coverage on TG4 is going from strength to strength as we approach the high point in the LGFA year, where the women of Cork and Dublin meet in the All Ireland football final. A new programme, building up to the big match will be broadcast live the night before, 15th September, from the Mansion House in Dublin, with lots of music, sports stars and other female role models taking centre stage.
"We will have the best of the Guinness Rugby PRO14 championship, as well as the County Finals and AIB Club championship in football and hurling, between October and December 2018, with a live match every Sunday.
"We will also be given an insight into the personal lives of some of our greatest GAA stars in a new series of‘Laochra Gael’, featuring the likes of Jackie Tyrell, Rena Buckley & Colm Cooper.
"We take a similar approach with some of the greats of Irish traditional music also in a new series of ‘Sé Mo Laoch’, including Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn, Arty McGlynn & Sarah Ghriallais. And as is customary for TG4, we have more top class musical offerings in ‘Gradam Cheoil TG4’, ‘Tradfest’, ‘Lurgan 2K18’ and ‘Junior Eurovision’. As well as fantastic country music in ‘Opry le Daniel’, ‘Glór Tíre’ and from the ‘Irish Post Country Music Awards’, which we will be broadcasting live from the Millennium Forum in Derry, on the 11thSeptember.
"TG4 is building a reputation for outstanding live events over the last number of years and that is central to the new schedule as well, in programmes such as ‘Samhain Live’, ‘Fáilte 2019’ on New Year’s Eve and ‘The Irish Post Awards’ from London, not to mention our comprehensive coverage of events as part of Oireachtas na Samhna, in programmes such as ‘Steip’, ‘Lárstáitse’, ‘NuachtTG4’ and much more across TG4’s varied platforms.
"All the kids’ favourites will be back on Cúla 4, such as ‘Whiz sa Chistin’, ‘Horrid Henry’, ‘Spongebob’ and‘Masha’, as well as newly commissioned programmes, including ‘Ár Scéal’, where children will bring 52 newly written stories to life through the medium of art and ‘CLUB’, where young people introduce us to their GAA club in the company of some of their sporting heroes.
"If you add all of this to the comprehensive coverage from ‘Nuacht TG4’, an exciting new series of ‘Ros na Rún’ and top quality drama such as ‘Un Bore Mercher/Keeping the Faith’, ‘West Wing’, great films and much more, there’s no doubt that the new schedule offers everyone the mix of programmes that they want on TG4, worldwide."