Big family entertainment, world-class drama, state-of-the-art natural history, home-grown comedy and compelling real life stories are at the heart of RTÉ’s new season television schedule, unveiled today.
The line-up boasts over 60 new shows and series across factual, entertainment, arts, comedy, lifestyle and drama programming. A host of RTÉ’s most recognisable faces joined new talent to celebrate the event in RTÉ’s Studio 4.
Speaking at the launch 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.”
Channel Controller for RTÉ One and RTÉ2 Adrian Lynch said: “We’ve worked with the best of Irish creative talent to deliver quality programming of scale for Irish audiences. From programming for families such as Dancing with the Stars, Weather Watch Live, and Ireland’s Deep Atlantic to landmark documentaries, compelling drama, and more from the RTÉ Investigates team. Telling Irish stories, celebrating our culture and shining a light on contemporary issues we’re delivering a broad range of programming to Irish audiences this new season”.
RTÉ also announced today that it is redeveloping its video on demand service, RTÉ Player, to offer audiences more choice and more content in the New Year. Following on from its 1916 commemorative programming last year, RTÉ also said it intends to mark the significant events around the foundation of the state from 1918-1922 with a slate of programming and events.