Saturday 22 October 2016

Reschedule: the favourites UTV Ireland has turned off

Published 12/04/2015 | 02:30

News At Ten
News At Ten
Foyle's War
Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill provide the punditry
Good Morning Britain
Good Morning Britain

Much of the opprobrium UTV Ireland has attracted on social media stems from the ITV shows that have disappeared from the television screens of Irish viewers, and the new programmes that we can't get here…

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News at Ten

The flagship news programme on ITV has been a nightly fixture since 1967. From its signature Big Ben chimes to such celebrated news anchors as (the now retired) Trevor McDonald, News at Ten was part of the television news package for generations of Irish people. Its replacement, the home-grown Live at 10, has yet to pull in significant ratings.

Champions League football

RTÉ and TV3 provide Champions League coverage on alternate nights but it's no longer possible for Irish viewers to hear what ITV's pundits make of the latest English club to be humiliated by foreign opposition. Presenter Adrian Chiles has since been replaced by ex-Beeb broadcaster Mark Pougatch. And, after pulling out of ITV's World Cup coverage last year, Roy Keane is back in the fold and being as gloriously opinionated as ever.

Good Morning Britain

The title isn't exactly ideal for a broadcaster keen to push its Irish credentials, but the light and breezy magazine show, which replaced the popular Daybreak, did have an audience here and some viewers may well be disappointed not to be able to catch up with the antics of pint-sized presenters Ben Sheppard and Susanna Reid.

Arthur & George

The three-part drama series based on the Julian Barnes novel and starring comedic actor Martin Clunes as Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle was widely acclaimed when it screened on ITV in March, but it didn't make it to the UTV Ireland schedule.

Foyle's War

UTV Ireland came in for considerable stick in its opening week on air when aficionados of the British detective drama series switched on expecting to see the new series, but were instead confronted with episodes that were several years old. The broadcaster claimed it was to give newcomers a chance to catch up with the show and the latest series will be broadcast later this year.

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