Rugby World Cup, soccer pundit Graeme Souness, RTE defector Brian Ormond - TV3 unveils autumn schedule
Brian Ormond, Graeme Souness, Conor Pope, Pamela Flood, and Lilly Higgins are the new faces joining the line-up at TV3 for autumn.
The new schedule boasts 40 original programmes, including the just-launched Saturday AM and Sunday AM with Anna Daly and Simon Delaney and Ivan Yates, as well as 11 new entertainment shows.
Among the latter will be Wishlist, fronted by RTE regular Brian Ormond, and House Rules, which will see cash strapped house owners compete with each other in a renovation battle to win the prize of a fully cleared mortgage.
TV3 has bagged the exclusive rights to the Rugby World Cup matches and Malcolm O'Kelly will join the panel Peter Stringer, Keith Wood, and Shane Jennings for coverage of the 48 matches.
Despite a slow growth, flagship soap Red Rock will receive continued investment and Director of Content Lynda McQuaid said they are "fully committed" to the soap in the long term.
UK exclusives X Factor, Celebrity Big Brother, Downton Abbey, Britain's Got Talent and Broadchurch will all return and Channel 4 hit The Undateables will soon make its debut on TV3.
Home produced shows will dominate daytime and primetime. They will include Ireland's Animal Rescue, Doctor in the House, Adoption Stories, Geriatric Mums (hosted by Pamela Flood), Thelma's Communion Girls (featuring dressmaker Thelma of Big Fat Gypsy Wedding fame), Ireland's Problem Pets.
Keith Barry will feature in not one but two shows with the return of You're Back in the Room and the new arrival of Keith Barry: Hypnomagician, which will see the mentalist travelling the country and engaging with the public with his bank of magic tricks and mind games.
Also, Conor Pope will front Conor Pope's Dodgy Dealers, Jonathan McCrea will present the ambitious A Rough Guide to the Future, and a new documentary strand called Disclosure will also launch, tackling issues including the murder of Karen Buckly and Islamic extremism.
Donal MacIntyre will also front a documentary series about paid assassins and the inner workings of Mountjoy jail will be revealed in The Joy.
Thursdays will see the return of The Great Irish Bake Off, with new judge, Irish food writer Lilly Higgins and a new show, Great Irish Menu will follow the format of the Great British Menu in the UK. Also, The Restaurant is back for a new series.
Graeme Souness will join the Champions League team which has seen names such as Gaizka Mendieta, Luis Garcia and Neil Lennon all join in the analysis.
Commenting on the launch, David McRedmond CEO of TV3, said: “TV3 has proven itself in the last year to be Ireland’s most successful commercial broadcaster with depth in talent, production and commercial capability.
"Today TV3 manages to be both profitable and popular, and with the recently announced transaction with Liberty Global the future for TV3 is very bright.”