A shiny new 'Late Late' set for Ryan - and Nidge is off to Spain
Published 14/08/2014 | 02:30
A shiny new set for The Late Late Show, the darkest season of Love/Hate and documentaries about porn, Brendan Behan and female inmates are at the centre of RTE's autumn offering.
The new season was unveiled with channel controller of RTE One, Ryle Nugent, insisting the channel will remain "the market leader".
"There is more competition especially with the introduction of UTV Ireland in January, but we are confident we have what it takes to stay at the top," he said.
Gangland drama Love/Hate will return with its highly anticipated fifth series.
This season, King Nidge will leave Dublin's inner city for the sunny shores of Spain.
"It's nice being in a completely different location," actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor told the Irish Independent.
"Nidge goes from being a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond. This is definitely the darkest and most explosive series to date."
Vaughan-Lawlor will also star in RTE's three-part political drama Charlie which charts Charles Haughey's bid for power in 1979 through to his exit from politics in 1992.
He takes on the role of PJ Mara.
"It's an extremely contentious area of Irish history but that makes it exciting," he said.
"We want to get people talking and thinking and arguing about the series - that is the sign of a strong drama."
Thirteen new documentaries will also be screened over the course of the season including Close to Evil produced by acclaimed filmmaker Gerry Greg.
The documentary charts concentration camp survivor Tomi Reichental's quest to meet the SS member who held him in captivity in Belsen.
"It was an extremely emotional and ambitious film to make," Greg said.
Porn Nation, produced by Animo, will explore the impact of pornography consumption in Ireland.
To mark the 50th anniversary of playwright Brendan Behan's death, actor Adrian Dunbar will present The Behan Boy.
The Imelda May Show will rival the BBC's Later with Jools Holland series with the Rockabilly singer introducing live music acts.
RTE stalwart series The Voice of Ireland, Ireland's Fittest Family, Prime Time and The Late Late Show will all return.
Presenter Ryan Tubridy is looking forward to returning to the long-running chat show.
"We have a new set coming in in January and I cannot wait," he said.
"I feel like I am redecorating my house.
"I have hit my stride. I feel poised, calm and confident. I'm ready and fighting," he said.