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TG4 launches Autumn Schedule
01 Sep 2015 : Séán Brosnan
TG4 Autumn launch
TG4 has launched their Autumn schedule which includes ‘An Klondike’, a new Irish language drama series set in the Klondike Gold Rush.

The schedule also brings a fresh approach for televising traditional music and shows how our lives are still governed by folklore. There is also a great selection of exclusive live Gaelic games, rugby and racing from the Listowel Festival.

Highlights include Abú Media’s ‘An Klondike’, a major new original four part drama series set in the harsh world of the gold mines of Alaska over a century ago. Three Connemara-born brothers venture from the silver mines of Montana to the Alaskan Gold Rush of 1895. They seek their fortune in Dominion Creek, a town built on greed. A feature film version of the four part series screened at the Galway Film Fleadh as the closing film in July. The series was created and directed and by Dathaí Keane and written by Marcus Fleming.

Returning this year is ‘Cogar’ with documentaries that concentrate on people more than on issues: Remembering a German U Boat commander’s humanitarian landing in West Kerry young film actors Judi Dench and Jeremy Irons’ bringing scandal to south Kilkenny in the 1970s, growing tomatoes to save the Gaeltacht in the 1950s, the amazing secret life of a 19th century Louth woman who spent much of her life disguised as a man in the US Army.

‘Ros na Rún’ reaches its 20th season. The series last closed with publican Tadgh being locked in a coffin which was then doused in petrol and this season will continue on the drama.

Brand new series ‘Hup’ will also be broadcasting this Autumn. The series centres on high-energy live-performance traditional music, televised in an energetic and highly visual style, showcasing some of the biggest names in performance and musical collaboration with unexpected partners.

Hour-long documentary programmes - including a revealing insight into the concluding stages of the Irish Civil War in Limerick and a look back to Garda Lugs Brannigan’s old-school policing methods in Dublin, a half-century ago – are also on the slate this Autumn.

Novel Irish format ‘Pioc do Ride’ is a fast-moving dating show featuring three guys, three cars and one girl. She does not meet the guys but must choose her date based on their cars and the driver’s ability. The “prizewinner” is offered the choice of spending his voucher on a romantic date with the girl – or in an auto-shop.

Also coming this Autumn is the Junior Eurovision. TG4 and Ireland take part in this song contest for the first time ever and former senior winner Niamh Kavanagh will be judging the Irish hopefuls with the main event live from Sofia in Bulgaria.

Other highlights include ‘An Jig Gig’, ‘Béaloideas Beo’, ‘Imeall’ ‘Logainm’ and ‘Laochra Gael’

TG4 will also continue to cover their acclaimed sports coverage with ‘GAA Beo’ - exclusive live free to view coverage of the All-Ireland Minor and Under-21 Finals, the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football Finals from Croke Park, county finals, the AIB Club Provincial Championships and the Allianz National Leagues – as well as ‘Rugbaí Beo’ - live free to view weekly coverage of the Guinness Pro 12 league competition as well as same-day highlights from Irish provinces’ matches in the European Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup.

For young people there is a customised daily service in Irish for kids and young people, the breakfast time segment for pre-school kids ‘Cúla4 na nÓg’ that includes brand-new Irish versions of famous animated series as well as new live-action programmes for all ages, including newly reversioned WAC, the World Animal Championship. Cúla4 programmes can be viewed anytime online at tg4.ie.

Also returning to TG4 this year:

  • Nuacht TG4: Anchor Eimear Ní Chonaola and the country-wide team continue to offer a different light on news stories, local, national and global
  • Fíorscéal: A new season of international documentaries that continue to throw light on issues which affect us environmentally, socially, politically and globally
  • Róisín: Róisín O’Hara and her studio guests tease out today’s issues and challenges
  • Comhrá: A deceptively simple format – two chairs and a conversation between the award-winning Máirtín Tom Sheáinín, and his weekly guest.
  • Opry an Iúir: Music performance series recorded in front of a live audience, presented by Daniel O’Donnell and co-host Lynette Fay

Also teased at the launch were TG4’s forthcoming 2016 commemorative programmes – many of them serious but some of them quirky and light-hearted too. These include a time-travel caper drama that sees a trio of contemporary 1916 “anoraks” being time-shifted back a hundred years to find themselves at the very centre of the GPO action. Another drama series involves disaffected young musicians taking over their local (closed) Post Office with some echoes of past events.

TG4 content is now available to view anywhere any time with Apps on many of the Smart TVs on the sets of all major manufacturers, a browser-based Player on tg4.ie, a TG4 Player App for iPad and the launch of an updated Website www.tg4.ie and a TG4 Player App for iPad.

For more information, go to www.tg4.ie.

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