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Virgin Media Television launches its Spring TV Schedule
12 Jan 2023 : News Desk
Virgin Media Television
Virgin Media Television (VMTV) has announced details of its Spring TV Schedule with highlights including new Irish factual and entertainment shows such as How To Buy A Home and Dylan McGrath’s Secret Service, as well as upcoming thriller series Malpractice starring Irish rising star Niamh Algar.

VMTV has also confirmed the rights to a number of international entertainment and drama including two seasons of VMTV’s most streamed show in 2022, Love Island, which attracted a recording breaking 15 million streams last year.

Virgin Media Television Managing Director, Paul Farrell said: “After a record-breaking 2022, I’m excited to launch our spectacular spring TV schedule with brand new Irish shows, the best of international drama and entertainment, premium sport and new boxset releases. 

“With a huge variety of choice across our four channels, viewers are in for an exciting season of content including the ‘Guinness Six Nations’ kicking off in February and Ireland’s favourite reality dating show, ‘Love Island’ returning for its winter edition next week after a staggering 15 million streams in 2022 on the Virgin Media Player.

“Our live daily studio shows, from ‘Ireland AM’, ‘The Six O’Clock Show’, ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘Virgin Media News’ will also provide viewers with over 38 hours of live and local content each week so viewers are sure to be informed, engaged and entertained no matter what they decide to watch this spring.”

Spring Programming Highlights

A host of brand new Irish factual and entertainment shows will be launching this season including the brand new six-part property show, fronted by Liz O’Kane and Michael Fry, How To Buy A Home. Starting in March, this series unpacks the unfiltered realities Irish people face in the search for a home. Following real life experiences, this series takes a raw and honest look at the emotional rollercoaster, challenges, and hard-won joys of buying a home in Ireland.

Stories From The Street, a new three part documentary launches in February and follows the lives of homeless people in the capital, capturing an unflinchingly honest and sometimes difficult account of life and death, on the street. Across the series, we meet people like Cian, who holds down a full-time job as a builder while sleeping in a doorway, Martin & Shauna a young couple who are trying to survive life in a tent as they keep on trying to find couple's accommodation in a homeless shelter and Tommy, whose battle with homelessness and addiction hasn't stopped him becoming a rapper.

Series two of Eating With The Enemy starts this Monday, 16th January, featuring some familiar faces such as George Hook and TikTok star, Miriam Mullins. This six-part social experiment series, that takes the debate of Twitter and presents it face-to-face, explores what happens when two strangers with diametrically opposed views sit down together for a conversation over dinner.

We find out if the Irish public are really as healthy as they seem in the brand-new docuseries The Clinic For Well People airing right now on Virgin Media One. The four-part series shows us what happens when people with no underlying symptoms are invited to come for a full medical check by a team of medical professionals. The doctors at the clinic carry out tests including bloods, ECG, body composition, audiology, and an eye test while every episode features a variety of medical topics that emerge from the health checks.

Renowned Irish chef Dylan McGrath takes the spotlight this March in his brand-new show Dylan McGrath’s Secret Service. In this four-part series, Dylan is on a mission to prove that with the right opportunities and backing, everyone has potential to achieve their dreams. Five people who haven't had life handed to them on a plate, take up the ultimate culinary bootcamp to work with Dylan and see if they can pull off a secret service to raise money for charity.

VMTV will also air the new series Inside the Hospice in May, which will deal with death and grief in Ireland through unprecedented access to terminally ill patients on their journey from diagnosis to their final days under Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services.

Brand new Virgin Media News documentary Trump's Last Stand charts Donald Trump's road back to the White House, as Richard Chambers meets those whose lives have been upended by the political division, violence, and conspiracy theories that have divided America. This documentary examines the biggest obstacles on Trump's road back to power and includes exclusive interviews with the former President's closest advisors who say their old boss will stop at nothing to make it happen again.

Virgin Media News’ trio Gavan Reilly, Zara King and Richard Chambers are back on January 18th with The Group Chat, discussing the stories making the headlines, weekly on Wednesday nights on Virgin Media Two.

The Tonight Show returns for another series with Claire Brock and Ciara Doherty, live every Monday to Thursday, looking at the big news stories of the day with a panel of studio guests.

Ireland’s longest running breakfast TV show, Ireland AM and The Six O’Clock Show will continue to offer viewers the very best in entertainment across the day, as well as keeping you up-to-date with all the latest news across the country and internationally on Virgin Media News, Ireland’s trusted independent news service.

Virgin Media Television has confirmed a number of international dramas to kick off the start of 2023. Irish actor Niamh Algar will take the leading role in Malpractice, a five-part medical thriller series, from Boiling Point director Philip Barantini, that sees her play Dr. Lucinda Edwards, a doctor who is faced with an enquiry into the death of one of her patients. Ireland’s Aidan Turner stars in the highly anticipated series The Suspect about Dr. Joe O'Loughlin, a clinical psychologist who is brought in by veteran police officer to assist in an investigation that could be a suicide, but also could be a murder. The Walk In starring Stephen Graham tells the story of MP Jo Cox who is murdered in the street by a right-wing fanatic. National Action decide this is the moment to avenge the ‘downfall of white society’ in Britain, and plan to escalate a terrifying situation into a full-blown race war.

Also, coming later this year, chilling Irish drama series The Vanishing Triangle, starring Irish actors India Mullen and Allen Leech. This six-part series is inspired by true events that shocked Ireland in the 1990’s as a number of women in the east of the country vanished, without a trace. They disappeared inexplicably and suddenly, and no substantial clues or evidence of their fate has ever been found despite large scale searches and campaigns by the Gardaí to find them. Plus, brand-new comedy drama series Faithless, co-written by and starring Baz Ashmawy. This comedic drama series follows Irish-Egyptian dad, Sam, who is presented with the life altering responsibility of raising his three young daughters alone. That is until his irresponsible but irresistible younger brother moves in to ‘help’… and never leaves.

There is also a brand-new Irish dating format, Grá ar an Trá, releasing on Virgin later this year. Shooting this summer, “this is the Gaeltacht like you’ve never seen it before”. Grá ar an Trá will see singletons couple up and get cosy, as they get to grips with the language… and each other. Through fun tasks, cheeky challenges, and romantic rendez-vous, couples will compete to find love and be crowned the couple with the most focal.

Hit reality series Love Island returns with two seasons for 2023 with the first one kicking off next Monday. Join brand new host Maya Jama as she shows us around the new luxurious villa in South Africa. This will be followed by a second instalment in sunny Majorca during the Summer.  

In the world of sport, VMTV upcoming schedule offers world class free-air sport, starting with Rugby’s Greatest Championship, the Guinness Six Nations landing back on our screens this February. Along with this is the highly anticipated return of football’s more prestigious club tournament, the UEFA Champions League as well as the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Europa Conference League, with live games every Wednesday and Thursday night. The best of UK horseracing will also feature this sporting term including the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals in March, along with Formula E and Extreme E.

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