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The upcoming season from RT features a diverse mix of unique Irish content

28/08/2023

NEW SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Over 30 hours of brand-new Irish drama

A wide range of documentaries on issues that matter and real-life stories

Large scale cultural event Ireland 100

A range of content on the Climate Crisis

A significant slate of peak-time Irish language programming

Brand new homegrown entertainment and comedy

Over 126 hours of original Irish children's content

Widest range of free to air Sport

WATCH the promo here.

This new season sees RT in partnership with the Irish independent production sector, deliver a broad range of unique Irish content to serve a wide range of audiences, from impactful documentaries to national cultural events, climate programming, series reflecting real Irish lives with prime-time programming as Gaeilge, brand-new Irish entertainment shows, the largest selection of Irish drama and Sport, and a broad slate of content for Ireland's youngest citizens.

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RT continues to build on its track record of delivering impactful Irish documentaries and incredible Irish stories this season. 112 Days - Man Vs Ocean is an emotional and reflective adventure documentary that follows Damian Browne and Fergus Farrell's voyage traversing the Atlantic Ocean in a two-person rowboat. Stardust is a major three-part documentary series which will provide a 360-degree perspective on the Stardust tragedy, while Patrick: A Young Traveller Lost shines a light on the urgent and sensitive issue of suicide rates among the Irish Traveller community through the harrowing story of 12-year-old Patrick McDonagh. Since 1996, 261 women have died violently in the Republic of Ireland, according to Women's Aid. In a new series of Dr Cassidy's Casebook The Femicide Cases, former State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy explores the issue of femicide in Ireland through the lens of some of the cases she investigated during her career. In Richie Sadlier Let's Talk About Sex, Richie Sadlier explores Ireland's sex education history through the eyes and ears of transition year students.

Climate takes centre stage with insightful new programmes including, Climate Live 2050. From the makers of Election '18, this ambitious special imagines how the news might be in the year 2050 with presenters Mark Little and Carla O'Brien guiding viewers through a seismic night as the climate pushes the planet to a moment of crisis. Six-part series Heated takes a factual look at the implications of climate change for individuals, families, communities, and industry in Ireland. In A Climate of Change, Philip Boucher-Hayes journeys to examine the effect of climate change across continents and assess the implications it will have in Ireland. As part of RT 's commitment to leading on Climate Change coverage, RT News & Current Affairs is embedding reporting of the climate crisis across all topics and areas as it affects all our lives, including a continued special focus on biodiversity.

In November, RT will screen Face Down, a documentary sprung from RT 's hugely successful radio series RT Documentary on One, it focuses on the 1973 kidnapping by the IRA of German businessman, Thomas Niedermayer. Funded by RT , ARTE, Screen Ireland and BBC Northern Ireland, and with the support of Section 481 funding, this feature documentary is currently playing in cinemas in Ireland. RT Radio 1's RT Documentary on One continues to go from strength to strength and offers a new season of stories of music, adventure, Irish civil war history, and Mount Everest. Acclaimed social history series Scannal looks back at the stories that shocked and shaped us as a nation including the disappearance in 1977 of six-year-old Mary Boyle.

Drama

RT has significantly increased its drama output over the last four years; from 9 hours in 2019 to 43.5 hours in 2023, RT continues to deliver more quality Irish drama to audiences. There's an abundance of brand-new Irish drama hitting screens this new season, featuring a wealth of emerging and established Irish talent, filmed throughout Ireland in locations from Donegal to Killaloe, Limerick to Dublin supporting local economies throughout Ireland. RT has worked with Irish partners including Screen Ireland and international partners, to bring more Irish stories to Irish screens and showcase Irish talent internationally. RT also continues its Storyland initiative focussed on nurturing creative acting, writing and directing talent to cultivate new voices and perspectives in Irish drama. Previous Storyland winners have gone on to write for Hidden Assets and Smother.

Brand-new series this season include The Gone, Obituary, and Blackshore, as well as the return of Hidden Assets and The Dry, all supported by Screen Ireland. Six-part thriller The Gone, starring Grey's Anatomy's Richard Flood, sees a young Irish couple go missing with a potential Irish crime family involved in their disappearance, leading to a joint New Zealand and Irish crime investigation. Series 2 of Hidden Assets is set between Limerick and Antwerp. Claire (Nora-Jane Noone) is new to the fold as lead Detective Sergeant in charge at the Irish Criminal Assets Bureau, the cast also includes Simone Kirby and Cathy Belton.

In dark-comedy drama Obituary, Siobh n Cullen takes the lead as Elvira Clancy, a bored obituary writer who takes matters into her own hands. Filmed in Donegal, the six-part series also stars Michael Smiley and Danielle Galligan. Dark thriller Blackshore follows DI Fia Lucey (Lisa Dwan), a laser-focused, ambitious detective who is haunted by her tragic past, and stars Rory Keenan, Stanley Townsend, Andrew Bennett, and Amy De Bhr n. Season two of comedy drama The Dry written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Nancy Harris will see the return of Roisin Gallagher as recovering alcoholic Shiv Sheridan, accompanied by an exciting array of new cast arrivals incl
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