Tuesday 17 January 2017

Irish TV to launch live Saturday night entertainment show along with 20 new series and documentaries

Published 17/02/2016 | 14:17

Presenter Laura Mc Cormack was out and about for the Irish TV spring launch with Saturday Night host Malachi Cush.
Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure.
Presenter Laura Mc Cormack was out and about for the Irish TV spring launch with Saturday Night host Malachi Cush. Photo: Andrew Downes, xposure.

Among the new additions to the Irish TV schedule for spring is a brand new live Saturday night entertainment show.

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Malachi Live will see host Malachi Cush travelling the country and visiting various locations each week.

“Malachi Live will be broadcast from the heart of the community and will shine a spotlight on the magic that exists in every community across the country," reveals commissioning editor Brian Hurley.

"Wherever there is craic, celebrations, good characters and good music Malachi will be with them."

It's just one new series in an ambitious line-up of 20 new series and documentaries from the channel.

County Matters will continue through spring, bringing a weekly half hour show from every county in Ireland.

The milliners of Ireland will be celebrated via the Hat Show, presented by Emily O'Donnell, while short film producers and their work will be the focus of Beyond the Lens.

In Grassroots, Alan Brereton looks at the country’s farming and agri-sectors and tells the real story of rural Ireland and its contribution to Irish society. 

Play it by Ear, meanwhile, follows the emerging traditional and folk scene in Ireland with Trad Nóna revisiting the rambling houses across the country.

Filmed over six months, Rodd Hogg ‘The Irish Magician’ has some magic for unsuspecting celebrities while The Vintage Show gives a fascinating insight into the treasures that are hidden away in people’s attics. 

World music will be celebrated in new show The Country Hour while Henry McGlade presents Songs & Stories of Connaught and will interview three local musicians each week.

An hour long specially commissioned documentary, Patricks' Pilgrim Places will examine the story of St Patrick and a new six part series explores the Castles of Ireland.

New sport series The Camogie Show sees celebrated camogie player Anna Geary visit local clubs meeting legends like Sean Óg Ó hAilpín and Davy Fitzgerald along the way with the FAI Junior Cup also getting coverage this spring.

There will also be more than 30 hours of TV dedicated to hte 1916 commemorations including a special live show from The Barbican Centre in London.

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