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Thursday 28 August 2014

TG4 on a roll with autumn schedule

Louise Hogan

Published 30/08/2012 | 05:00

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A REALITY-style hunt for Ireland's next top jockey and a delve into the archives for some amazing pro-Nazi German radio broadcasts are just some of the shows TG4 bosses are hoping will boost their viewers this autumn.

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One of the new additions to the Irish language station's autumn schedule is 'Jockey Eile', as a group of 20 young men and women follow their dreams of being the next Irish champion jockey. Veteran presenter Sean Ban Breathnach will be at the helm of the search for new talent, alongside avid racegoer and GAA legend Joe Connolly.

A spokeswoman said their autumn schedule had "quality content" to please all "discerning tastes" for the new digital era.

Sports fans will be tuning in for the 25 live RaboDirect PRO 12 rugby games, including the clash between Leinster and Munster at the Aviva on Friday, October 6.

Viewers can also expect Gaelic games coverage, with the All-Ireland Finals in under-21 hurling and the Ladies' Gaelic Football Finals in September.

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In addition, there will be county GAA finals and club championship coverage.

TG4 bosses said one of its most popular series follows a "deceptively simple format" with award-winning presenter Martin Tom Sheainin simply talking with a weekly guest in 'Comhra', while a new series will also showcase Irish traditional, or sean-nos, singing. However, TG4 bosses also decided to stick to some of the staples which have drawn in audiences from all age groups in recent years, including the much-loved classic Westerns and the mix of US-made drama.

Some of these are major hits Stateside, including ' Breaking Bad', a hard-hitting drama about a teacher who reinvents himself as a drug supplier after discovering he has terminal cancer, vampire series ' True Blood' and teen dramas ' Gossip Girl' and 'One Tree Hill', all of which have lured a younger audience.

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