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Monday 23 July 2018

Irish transgender people, housing crisis, weather, gambling, life and death in A&E - RTE autumn schedule focuses on the big issues

Brendan Courtney
Brendan Courtney
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The RTE autumn schedule boasts a strong offering of factual programming across RTE One and RTE2.

RTE One kicks off with a series of documentaries shining a light on inequality in Ireland.

Dr Eva Orsmond reveals how where you are born can determine your life expectancy while Joe Duffy explores how where you went to school impacts your life in Ireland's Health Divide and Philip Boucher Hayes tackles how we work and what we earn in What Are You Working For?

On the 30th anniversary of the Lotto, We Won the Lotto meets some of the winners who scored big and goes behind the scenes at Lotto HQ as some of the country's newest millionaires arrive to collect their winnings.

Couples who have been married for more than 50 years will share their ups and downs in Golden.

RTE One will also air a two part doc looking at the relationship between women and the Irish State over the past 100 years from restricting their ability to work to blocking their access to birth control.

RTE2, which traditionally serves the 15-24 demographic is widening its scope to 20-44 with a range of programmes tackling issues affecting the under 45s in Ireland.

Baz Ashmaway makes a welcome return to RTE to front a series of documentaries, kicking off with an exploration of gambling addiction in Ireland.

Vogue Williams fronts a three part doc exploring sperm donation, sugar daddies, and anxiety.

Joe O'Shea will explore our obsession with wealth as he guides viewers through the top 30 billionaires and millionaires who make up this year's Sunday Times Rich List.

Sherlock star Yasmine Akram meets the Irish people making their own fortune serving the super-rich in Irish in Wonderland.

Schizophrenia: The Voices in my Head tracks the daily lives of Irish people living with schizophrenia while young transgender people's transitions are charted in My Trans Life.

Trauma - Life and Death in A&E - is a four part series giving viewers an insight into the world of medical emergencies at four Irish hospitals.

There will be a bigger investment in RTE investigates and Prime Time celebrates 25 years with two special programmes charting the most unforgettable moments while Claire Byrne Live will also return.

The new season will also see a bigger focus on 'event TV' with Weather Watch Live, a week long special of live broadcasts from weather observing stations which will reflect our enduring obsession with the Irish weather.

Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moments, meanwhile, will be voted for by the public and fronted by Evanne Ní Chuilinn and Des Cahill.

Ireland's Deep Atlantic was two years in the making and sees underwater camera specialist Ken O'Sullivan exploring our seas.

Also new to the schedule is Dermot Bannon's Superhomes where he travels to the US and a Room to Improve special will see him tackling the Donegal home of Daniel and Majella O'Donnell.

Wedding guru Franc will return to RTE with Say Yes to the Dress, the Irish version of the hugely popular TLC show while Dermot Bannon will tackle the home of Daniel and Majella O'Donnell in Room to Improve.

In drama, Amy Huberman will return for a second series of Striking Out while Elaine Cassidy stars in a new six part thriller series, Acceptable Risk.

She plays a woman who discovers all is not as it seems when her husband is murdered.  The series also stars Angelina Ball, Lisa Dwyer Hogg, and Morten Suurballe and was filmed in Ireland and Vancouer.

Brendan Gleeson’s critically acclaimed serial killer thriller Mr Mercedes will air on RTE, along with returning series Vikings, Homeland and Doctor Foster.

On RTÉ2 a new season of foreign drama gives Irish viewers a first look at series two of Norwegian detective series Mammon, Danish thriller Below the Surface and the latest from Borgen creator Adam Price, Ride Upon the Storm.

Stefanie Preissner's Can't Cope Won't Cope will also return for a second series.

Moone Boy's David Rawle, meanwhile, teams up with Pauline McLynn for a family show about three Australian children to move to Ireland and whose parents are zombies.

The Young Offenders six part series will also air on RTE next year.

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