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RTÉ Announce Exciting Line-Up of Summer Programming
02 May 2018 : Nathan Griffin
RTÉ has announced its summer schedule for television, unveiling brand new entertainment, music, sport, and new documentaries, as well as coverage of the season’s major events across RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

Taking centre stage is ‘Niall Horan with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’, airing on RTÉ One at 6.55pm on Saturday, May 12th. The special one-off show sees the singer-songwriter and his band joined by 45 members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as they perform a selection of songs from Niall’s debut solo No.1 album ‘Flicker’, with special arrangements by conductor Gavin Murphy. The musical treat was recorded in RTÉ’s iconic Radio Studio 1 last month and features an exclusive interview with Niall by 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott. Later that evening on RTÉ One the ‘Eurovision Song Contest’ final takes place in Lisbon, with hopes high that Ryan O’Shaughnessy will bring some luck to the Irish when he takes part in the first semi-final next Tuesday night on RTÉ2. Mrs Brown is back on RTÉ One this summer with a new series of ‘All Round to Mrs Brown’s’ featuring celebrity guestsgames, music and audience surprises.

In a bumper summer of sport on RTÉ, ‘The Sunday Game’ throws-in on Sunday 13 May with Michael Lyster in the chair for his final season while the ‘FIFA World Cup’ in Russia begins on June 14 and all 64 games from the Greatest Show on Earth will be live on RTÉ with RTÉ2 showing 56 live games and eight games on RTÉ Player. Once again RTÉ Sport will bring Irish viewers all the action alongside the best in analysis from our unrivalled team of panellists. RTÉ will also broadcast coverage of the first ever multi sport ‘European Championships’ taking place in Berlin, Glasgow and Edinburgh from August 1 to 12. Set to be staged every four years, it will feature world class sporting action in athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon as well as golf. Summer sporting action also includes cricket, with highlights of Ireland’s historic first ever test against Pakistan and T20 internationals against India, plus racing from Galway and the Curragh, live international soccer as the Republic of Ireland take on France and the USA, as well as ‘SSE Airtricity League Live’.

With exclusive access to Tommy Bowe in the months leading up to his retirement from professional sport, ‘The End Game’ will be an honest and personal account of what sports people must face when it comes to the end of their career. And ‘The Game’, a major new three-part social history series produced in association with the BAI will provide a definitive history of hurling, celebrating and chronicling a truly unique part of Irish culture through more than 100 years of bitter rivalries, dominance, triumphs, upsets and comebacks.

Bryan Dobson will lead RTÉ One's live coverage of the Papal visit to Ireland in late August.  Ahead of this, in ‘Mary McAleese’s Modern Family’ (working title) the former President will take as her benchmarks the two papal visits to Ireland, in 1979 and 2018, in order to chart what’s changed in the Irish family, and what hasn’t. Mary meets different Irish families and talks about her own, infusing the film with insights about diversity, economics, faith, gender politics, sexuality, the role of women and much more. 

‘Claire Byrne Live’ and ‘Prime Time’ will host special live studio debates on the upcoming referendum in the two weeks leading up to polling day. RTÉ News and Current Affairs will also be broadcasting extensive live referendum results coverage on RTÉ One hosted by Miriam O'Callaghan and Bryan Dobson on Saturday 26 May. This summer will also see more reports from ‘RTÉ Investigates’

In a special one hour documentary, ‘The Long March’Miriam O’Callaghan presents an intimate and human account of the 1968 Civil Rights movement – as told by the people caught up in a tumultuous time. It is about injustices, big and small, real and perceived, and how a sense of discrimination brought about a movement, and how that movement ignited a time-bomb.

‘In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America’, a film by Maurice Fitzpatrick, is the story of the extraordinary work of Nobel Prize-winner John Hume to harness and leverage US support to help to secure peace in Ireland. It includes interviews with President Bill Clinton President Jimmy Carter, many US Senators and Congressmen, as well as Irish leaders and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major, and is narrated by Liam Neeson and scored by Bill Whelan.

Filmed over the course of two years, ‘My Trans Life’ on RTÉ2 on 17 May will offer an intimate portrait of the lives of five young (18-25), transgender people on their journey to transition. In ‘Raised by a Village’, two troublesome teenagers are swapping city living and their parents’ rules for a two week dose of discipline Irish village style. ‘Stressed’ is a new two-part series for RTÉ One presented by journalist Jennifer O’Connell featuring a cast of volunteers whose stress levels are assessed and monitored as they engage in a range of interventions. During the series, findings from the recent How are you Ireland? survey of mood and wellbeing – developed by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in UCD – will be revealed. In ‘My Broken Brain’, five people allow cameras into their lives as they seek to cope with their respective illnesses – the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy and Motor Neurone Disease. ‘Our Lives in Property: Oxmantown Road’ uses the experiences of those living on one Dublin street to paint a picture of the Irish property market across the past fifty years and chart its course from boom to bust and back again through the stories of those who bought here at different times. 

Hugh Wallace fronts a brand new series for RTÉ One, ‘The Great House Revival’ this Sunday, May 6th, which follows six homeowners who are transforming derelict buildings into comfortable modern homes fit for the 21st century. ‘Daniel and Majella’ are on the road again later this month to experience the hidden treasures that only locals know best. Tour flag in hand Francis Brennan heads off to a mystery destination for a brand new series of ‘Francis Brennan’s Grand Tour’ while John Creedon is taking ‘The Road Less Travelled’ a new series in which he motors on three different routes to meet the people and hear the stories that lie beneath the tarmac. And ‘Lords & Ladles’ is back for a third series, with Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Flynn packing up the pots and pans and embarking on a historical journey that celebrates Ireland’s past through the wonders of food.

On 19 May, get your fancy hats ready and tune into RTÉ One as Maura Derrane, Evelyn O’Rourke and Darren Kennedy provide commentary on the ‘Royal Wedding’ which takes live place at Kensington Palace.

Perennial favourite ‘The Rose of Tralee’ airs this Augustalong with ‘Up for the Match’. And this summer ‘Once More With Meaning’ celebrates Gay Byrne’s 60th anniversary in broadcasting, by focusing on the latest chapter of that career, his 13 series of The Meaning of Life. A star-studded collection of former guests talk about Gay and the experience of being interviewed by him on the show.

RTÉ One continues to celebrate our wild island this summer. This Sunday, 6 May, Ireland hosts ‘Nature LIVE’, anchored by RTÉ presenter Derek Mooney from the banks of Dublin’s River Liffey, with wildlife film-maker Colin Stafford-Johnson presenting from the Blasket Islands, and featuring stunning coverage of Europe’s most spectacular animals in their natural habitats. Then on May 13, a new four-part series ‘A Wild Irish Year’ offers perfect Sunday evening family viewing on RTÉ One, with each show featuring the glories of wild outdoor Ireland through one beautifully filmed season. And ‘Turf Life – A Day on the Bog’ airing this coming Friday on RTÉ One is all about Ireland’s boglands, presented by Derek Mooney and Sinéad Kennedy from Lough Borra Bog in Co. Offaly.

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