Sunday 25 September 2016

RTE summer schedule - homegrown docs, US and Scandi-dramas, and the return of Winning Streak

Published 09/06/2015 | 13:39

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RTE has just released its summer schedule and a host of homegrown documentaries and international drama series dominate across RTE One and RTE2 respectively.

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There's a strong doc offering on RTE One, headed up by three-part series Legacy, which will chart the legacies of three high profile figures from the worlds of politics, business and sport - Brian Lenihan, Tony Ryan, and Páidí Ó Sé.

Where I Am charts the return of American writer Robert Drake, author of The Gay Canon, from his home in Philadelphia to Sligo, where he had been the victim of a violent attack and bloody attack by two local men 12 years previously. 

Political doc, The Others, hosted by Pat Leahy will examine the shift in the political landscape with an increase in independent TDs and ask how they would govern the country if they were elected.

Collusion, a one-off documentary, will shed new light on the extent of collusion between Loyalist paramilitaries and the British security forces over three decades in Northern Ireland.

McGeever, meanwhile, sees reporter Brian Carroll travel to Dubai and the United States following the trail of former property developer Kevin McGeever’s alleged kidnapping.

David Keoghan, husband of multi-million selling author Cecelia Ahern, is the subject of The Long Shot which tells the story of his decision, following his horse winning a major race at Royal Ascot, to buy and train six young horses in an effort to beat established names in the horse-racing industry.

Health doc Sound Barrier was filmed over nine months at the Cochlear Implant Unit and follows Dr Laura Viani and four of her patients as they receive electronic surgical implants that they hope will bring them from a world of silence to one filled with sound.

Award-winning documentary The Irish Pub will also broadcast on RTE One this summer.

Finally, RTE One follows up on the success of The Shelbourne with another hotel-based fly-on-the-wall documentary.  The Gleneagle goes behind the scenes at the hotel in Killarney which hosts everything from bingo to country comedy and snooker.

Drama-wise, Fair City will see the return of a familiar face who is intent on ruffling a few feathers.  Also, Dolores' condition worsens, and the truth about Junior's father starts to unfold. 

The National Lottery's Winning Streak will also return, presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy.  This time two contestants will have the opportunity to spin the wheel.

Miriam O'Callaghan will return with a new series of Saturday Night with Miriam from June 20 and The Imelda May Show is back with a line-up including Lulu, Marc Almond, Kodaline, Ray Lynam and the Hillbillies, Bob Geldof and Boomtown Rats and the Hothouse Flowers. 

Lordes & Ladles is new six-part series featuring chefs Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio, and Paul Flynn will take a look at the history of cooking in Ireland. 

RTE One will, of course, also broadcast the annual Rose of Tralee, hosted by Dáithí O Sé, in August.

Creedon’s Wild Atlantic Way will see John Creedon sets out on a road trip from Kinsale in Cork right up to Donegal’s Malin Head.

Friday nights in July see a Late Late Show highlights show featuring the best of the season.

Over on RTE 2 a new series, CDSI: Cyber takes inspiration from the technological work of a real cyber psychologist, Dubliner Mary Aiken.

US series Selfie and American Odyssey are new to the channel.  The former is a romantic comedy in which the social-media obsessed Eliza enlists marketing expert Henry to rebrand her reputation and the latter follows a team of US soldier in Norther Africa who discover that one of the men they killed was al-Qaida's top man.

Another new arrival is Danish drama 1864 which is the most ambitious and expensive drama to date from Danish state broadcaster, DR, whose previous shows Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge have reached cult status worldwide.  Also RTE2 will broadcast six-part Norwegian WWII drama, The Saboteurs.

Returning series this summer include, The Walking Dead, The Americans, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Big C and Hawaii Five-O.

The Sunday Game Live will continue with 31 games this summer, including all six provincial finals in football and hurling and Thank GAA It's Friday will return to Friday nights in July. 

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