Sunday 25 September 2016

Five new RTE shows to watch this autumn - including Amy Huberman's legal drama

Melanie Finn Showbiz Editor

Published 23/08/2016 | 07:30

Daniel O'Donnell photobombs the RTE ladies, back from left, Louise O'Neill, Seana Kerslake, Daraine Mulvihill, Jenny Dixon, Dr. Eva, Dr. Ciara Kelly. Front row from left, Kathryn Thomas, Claire Byrne, Vogue Williams and Miriam O'Callaghan pictured this morning at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2
Daniel O'Donnell photobombs the RTE ladies, back from left, Louise O'Neill, Seana Kerslake, Daraine Mulvihill, Jenny Dixon, Dr. Eva, Dr. Ciara Kelly. Front row from left, Kathryn Thomas, Claire Byrne, Vogue Williams and Miriam O'Callaghan pictured this morning at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2
Seana Kerslake, Vogue Williams and Mairead Ronan, who is due to giver birth in two weeks pictured this morning at the Bord Gais Theatre at the launch of the new season's shows for RTE 1 and RTE 2

Actress Amy Huberman's new legal drama looks set to be one of RTE's highlights for the new season as she returns to the station for the first time in seven years.

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Her new role has been described as Ireland's answer to Ally McBeal as she takes centre stage in an arresting new drama, Striking Out - which was first known by its working title Cheaters.

This is her first major role with RTE since The Clinic ended back in 2009.

A four-part legal drama, it sees her take on the part of a solicitor named Tara who sets up her own legal practice after catching her fiance Eric playing away from home.

Representing a significant financial investment for RTE, producers of the new show got permission to film in the Four Courts while the courts were on a summer break.

It will see Amy ditch her usual glam ensembles for a sensible grey two-piece suit as she portrays the part of a legal eagle.

That's not the only new show from the busy mum this season though. Next month she'll also appear in Can't Cope, Won't Cope, a six-part comedy to air on RTE 2.

Telling the story of two Cork-born actresses trying to find their way in Dublin, it sees Amy playing the part of one of the girl's bosses.

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Five to watch

  • 'Striking Out' Legal drama featuring Amy Huberman.
  • 'First Dates Ireland' Extended from six episodes to 12.
  • 'Dancing With the Stars' Featuring 11 celebrities, it will air on Sunday nights.
  • 'Kenny' Chronicling the "rise, fall and rise again" of Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
  • 'Can't Cope, Won't Cope', a six-part comedy to air on RTE 2, telling the story of two Cork-born actresses who are trying to find their way in Dublin

Meanwhile, an intriguing combination of Daniel O'Donnell's B&B roadshow and Dancing with the Stars look set to be the highlights of the coming season among RTE viewers

The station revealed details at yesterday's media launch of more than 65 new home-produced shows, representing its biggest investment in drama in more than six years.

Fans of First Dates Ireland are also in for a real treat, given that RTE2 has doubled the number of episodes from six to 12.

Also returning for another year is the Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday night, alongside Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, Today with Maura and Daithi, and Ireland's Fittest Family.

When it comes to new entertainment, Dancing with the Stars will be stepping into the spotlight on the Sunday night schedule.

A total of 11 celebrities will be chosen for the new programme, with a recruitment drive under way for professional dancers and Irish stars.

Other new shows include a six-part chat show with comedian Tommy Tiernan, with the host and audience unaware of who the guests will be until they walk out on stage. Singer Nathan Carter will step into Imelda May's shoes with his own music-entertainment show.

Former Mr Ireland Kamal Ibrahim will front a new Reality Bites show on the Miss Nigerian Ireland pageant.

The life of one of Ireland's most loved actors, the late Johnny Murphy, will be chronicled in a documentary showing him touring for the last time with Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

Enda Kenny will also be the subject of a two-part documentary charting his "rise, fall and rise again".

Kathryn Thomas will start filming for the new series of Celebrity Operation Transformation this week, while her former colleague Dr Eva Orsmond has a new show investigating the problem of legal drugs addiction.

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