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TG4 unveils its Autumn Schedule
28 Aug 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
TG4 Launch
An entertaining and distinctive autumn offering from TG4 has been announced. It includes two new crime drama series set on Ireland’s west coast, top-class drama from Scandinavia and the US, a veritable treasure trove of original, informative and provocative documentaries across a wide span of historical, social and whimsical topics, and a major European-wide perspective on World War 1 based on the diaries of participants from all the combatant countries. There is also a fresh approach for TV traditional music, surprises for some prominent people about what made news on the day they were born, a series that reveals how we are surrounded by folk superstitions and ancient magic, young peoples’ programmes with a difference and a mouth-watering line up of exclusive Gaelic games and rugby coverage.

Highlights include ‘An Bronntanas’, a brand new contemporary thriller set against the backdrop of the Connemara coastline as a life-boat crew comes across a valuable cargo of illegal drugs, and the return of ‘Corp + Anam’. The latter award-winning gritty crime thriller will air its second series, which chronicles the thorny career of a tenacious TV crime reporter. The series stars Maria Doyle Kennedy and Diarmuid de Faoite.

There will also be the return of ‘Cogar’, documentaries that concentrate on people and that allow participants to tell their story. TG4 will trace the story of the Irishman who established professional wrestling as a major form of entertainment in the US, the unique Waterford bread that now has EU brand protection, memories of the big freeze of 1947 and a look at the serious rise in domestic violence against women in Ireland. Among the hour-long ‘Anamnocht’ programmes will be a major re-appraisal of the divisive two year-long 1988 Dunnes Stores anti-apartheid strike, a history of mental illness in Ireland and the story of the tenacious Donegal tunnellers.

Irish soap ‘Ros Na Rún’, ‘An Jig Gig’, ‘Laochra Gael’, ‘Fíorscéal’, ‘Ó Tholg go Tolg’, ‘Comhrá’, ‘Imeall’, ‘Opry an Iúir’ and ‘Spillane an Fanaí’ are also returning shows. ‘Feirm’ will show how Irish agriculture and agri-science is gearing up for the new era, emerging from the recession with a clear research and delivery strategy to ensure top quality food products for the national and international market.

To mark the centenary of World War I, ‘Dialanna ón gCogadh Mór’ will air. It is a major European-wide co-production that takes a rounded view by hearing from all the combatant countries using extracts from the diaries of those – on both sides – who experienced the war at the Front and at home. Meanwhile, ‘An Lá a Rugadh Mé’ allows participants to look back at the news events that unfolded on the day they were born.

Other new shows are ‘Bosca Ceoil’, a high-energy live-performance series of traditional music, including some of the biggest names in the traditional world and musical collaborations with unexpected partners, and ‘Béaloideas Beo’, a revealing new series in which we find out that folklore is not something that died with our ancestors.

For sports, Rugbaí Beo and GAA Beo will feature live coverage of the Guinness Pro12 competition and the International Rules Test from Perth, among other sporting events. For young people, there is a customised daily service in Irish for kids. The breakfast time segment for pre-school kids Cúla4 na nÓg includes a brand-new Irish language puppet series, ‘Saol faoi Shráid’, and there is the afternoon teen zone, and a tea-time zone for teens presented by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Colmán Mac Séalaigh.

TG4 content is now available to view anywhere any time with the recent launch of its new Smart TV on the sets of all major manufacturers, an updated and enhanced version of browser-based Player on tg4.tv, and the release of an updated and enhanced version of the TG4 Player App for iPad.

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