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RTE's Entertainment/Music Commitment for 2003/04
01 Aug 2003 :
RTÉ announced a wide range of new and established entertainment and music programmes which fulfil the public service broadcaster's commitments to increase their entertainment and music output in 2003 and 2004.

Clare Duignan, Director of Programmes, RTÉ Television, said, "We are delighted with the range and diversity of entertainment and music programming which we have put together for 2003/2004. The licence fee increase has enabled us to recognise and provide platforms for the talents of so many gifted Irish performers, but first and foremost, it has allowed us to deliver television which I believe our viewers will enjoy and consider good value for money."

Kevin Linehan, Commissioning Editor Entertainment and Music, said, “I think this demonstrates the exciting array of programming we’ve developed across entertainment, comedy, music and proven flagship shows for broadcast over the coming year. In particular we offer a block of new programmes on Sunday evenings for family viewing from 6.30 through to 9.00 – an innovative new magic show, a new quiz show, a new entertainment show and the return of the show that captured the imagination of families all around the country, You’re A Star.”

NEW ENTERTAINMENT

DELEGATION is an exciting new family game show presented by Tom Ó Brannagáin, made for RTÉ by Fame Game makers, Adare Productions. Three teams battle it out to compete for the star prize of a luxury exotic holiday for all six team members.

ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING will keep fans of Irish pop culture happy as they get the chance to test their knowledge in this brand new topical weekly quiz game presented by Ryan Tubridy, aided and abetted by Mario Rosenstock.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH KEITH BARRY - Irish-born Keith Barry is a rising star in the international world of music and illusion – in this brand new series he confounds, confuses and amuses the general public and celebrities alike in their homes, on the streets and where they work with his impressive blend of magic tricks and illusions. Produced by Midas Productions for RTÉ.

LAST ONE STANDING is a new general knowledge quiz produced by Mind the Gap/Ludus Entertainment for RTÉ. Each programme will have four contestants battling it out in rapid fire rounds of multiple choice questions, against each other and against the clock, to see who will be the Last One Standing and take home the prize money.

Caroline Morahan makes a welcome return to our screens in a new format based on the original Fame Game show - FAME GAME ON THE RUN. The action now takes place entirely on location, as three members of the public of various ages use their ingenuity to track down their idols.

NEW COMEDY

Brand new comedy will feature Ireland’s premier comedic talents …

THE AULD ONES This brand new animated series reveals the stories and shenanigans of two auld dears, Bernie and Mary, as told at their local bus stop. 5 mins x 13 episodes by Wireless Productions for RTÉ.

THE PANEL Spontaneity is at the core of this new series. Dara Ó Briain presents the show and raises the burning issues of the last seven days inviting witty commentary and observations from Deirdre O’Kane and Ed Byrne long with a rolling panel of comedians and celebrities. Happy Endings Productions for RTÉ.

BISHOP AT WORK An entertainment documentary series in which Irish American comic Des Bishop works in traditionally low paid jobs around the country, revealing what it's like to live on the minimum wage in 21st Century Ireland. This new series will blend new stand-up comedy material and fly-on-the-wall documentary footage.

JUST FOR LAUGHS - The world’s best stand up comics along with the cream of the Irish crop take to the stage as Ed Byrne presents highlights of this year’s Montreal Comedy Festival.

NEW MUSIC

THE RAW BAR is a new six-part series, an interrogation of traditional music and its current state of health, produced by Hummingbird Productions for RTÉ and presented by Dermot McLaughlin.

THE RTÉ FARMLEIGH PROMS promise highlights of a diverse and popular programme of music including Russian and Italian classical favourites, a night with The Rat Pack, a Glenn Miller Gala and The Music of Abba's Benny and Björn, with Mary Carewe.

THE LATE LATE MUSIC SHOW features the cream of the 500 acts which have appeared on the show over the last four years in ten half-hour programmes. Devised by the Late Late Show Music Associate, Alan Byrne, bass player with Something Happens.

THE DUN LAOGHAIRE FESTIVAL OF WORLD CULTURES – RTÉ pays its first ever visit to this extraordinary eclectic mix of world music and culture.

Virtuoso violinist Nigel Kennedy features in two separate programmes, KENNEDY PLAYS BACH WITH THE IRISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA and WHY DINGLE – NIGEL? (both working titles). The performance was recorded in St. Mary’s Church in Dingle, Co Kerry, and the second programme is a documentary focusing on Kennedy’s interest in the Dingle peninsula and his experiences playing with Irish traditional musicians in Kerry.





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