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'Vogue got to make a sex documentary and I spent six weeks with Bernard,' jokes Jen Maguire at RTE launch

Elaine McCahill

Published 08/09/2015 | 16:00

Prepare to see Vogue Williams as you've never seen her before.

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As part of her presenting duties with Reality Bites, the 29-year-old said today at the , she is thrown out of her comfort zone on our screens this season.

Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Al Porter during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Eoghan McDermott during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Carla O Brien during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Bernard O'Shea & Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Vogue Williams & Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Panti Bliss during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"I learned a lot from meeting the play girls, you'll see me get spanked and RTE paid for me to get a massage off a male gigolo," Vogue laughed.

"Next I'm off to visit a woman on death row and meet some reformed gang members."

Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Elsewhere, the definitive Irish 80s mammy and daddy, Bridget and Eamon have landed their own series.

Made famous by their sketches on the Republic of Telly, creators Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea said it was "tough" bringing the couple to a full-length series.

"I'm jealous because Vogue got to make a sex documentary and I spent six weeks with Bernard," Jen joked.

Meanwhile, Louise McSharry admitted it was tough choosing to chart her battle with cancer on screen and said her husband Gordon Spierin wasn't always keen on the idea as he's a "very private person".

Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Al Porter during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Eoghan McDermott during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Vogue Williams during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Carla O Brien during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Bernard O'Shea & Jennifer Maguire during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
(L to R) Vogue Williams & Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"It was a big decision to make it in the first place but I decided to do it because this happens to thousands of people and the more info people have the better," Louise said.

RTE2 today unveiled its most ambitious documentary and factual entertainment schedule to date with more than 30 new and returning series and 18 new documentaries.

Returning favourites include the Republic of Telly, Meet the McDonaghs and Don't Tell the Bride.

New highlights include the Rubberbandits Guide to 1916, an Irish version of hit reality show First Dates and Louise McSharry's personal journey in F**k Cancer.

Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Louise McSharry during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Familiar faces will also be returning with Maia Dunphy exploring childbirth, Angela Scanlon looking into celeb life on Close Encounters and Vogue Williams fronting a three part series called Mean Girls which looks at women "who defy traditional perceptions of the 'fairer sex'".

Meanwhile, Baz Ashmaway, who has had great success with 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, also returns to RTE2. He will explore his Muslim heritage in a new documentary series called The Lost Muslim.

A new factual series called Young, Dumb and Deadly looks at high-profile Irish crimes, from one punch deaths to murder, caused by young people in Ireland and abroad.

Elsewhere, Panti's long-awaited documentary, Panti: The Queen of Ireland will air on RTE2.

Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Baz Ashmawy during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTE 2 at RTE studios Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

For the sporting fans out there, action this season includes Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 qualifiers, the RBS 6 Nations and the World Boxing Championships in Qatar.

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