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Tuesday 10 December 2019

It's RTE2 with a twist - but channel still trying to get down with the kids

Andy Quirke (Damo) with, from left, Maia Dunphy, Hilary Rose, Vogue Williams and Diana Bunici at the RTE2 new season launch in Dublin
Andy Quirke (Damo) with, from left, Maia Dunphy, Hilary Rose, Vogue Williams and Diana Bunici at the RTE2 new season launch in Dublin
The McDonagh family from meet the McDonaghs pictured at the RTÉ Two New Season Launch in Gateway House, Capel Street. Picture Andres Poveda
Darren Kennedy, Bernard O Shea, Vogue Williams, Eoghan McDermott, Bressie and Diana Bunici, (front) Jennifer McGuire and Norah Casey pictured at the RTÉ Two New Season Launch in Gateway House, Capel Street. Picture Andres Poveda
Eoghan McDermott, Jennifer McGuire and Darren Kennedy pictured at the RTÉ Two New Season Launch in Gateway House, Capel Street. Picture Andres Poveda
Norah Casey at the RTE2 launch
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

WE were promised a new schedule, a new look and a 'brand new channel identity' - but apart from ditching the gap and giving the '2' a bit of a twist, it seemed much of the same as RTE2 launched its autumn season line-up.

In its fifth revamp since the station's launch in 1978, the channel is again firmly hammering home the message that it is the hub for young people, with a remit "to be brave, to take risks, to experiment, to entertain, to challenge and to stimulate debate".

To that end, the schedule is packed with new pilots, lifestyle, comedy and documentary series, as well as favourites - with a final series of The Savage Eye, Damo & Ivor, Republic of Telly, as well as plenty of sport.

More than 24 new home-produced shows and 18 returning series will be back on our screens by the end of the month.

The launch of the autumn schedule in Dublin City centre was hosted by RTE's Jennifer Maguire - who quipped that the last time she was taken down "an alley in North inner city Dublin", she got pregnant.

A new real-life series, Connected, focuses on six young women who shoot their own 'reality soap'. It was flagged by RTE2 Channel Controller Bill Malone as a "very brave, very provocative, very experimental documentary."

Bressie's Teenage Kicks shows the host exploring some of Limerick's toughest estates with music as the common bond.

Bressie revealed that he would seriously consider working on a programme about mental health issues "that doesn't focus on statistics and policies".

A new pilot, Exiles: Vancouver follows six young Irish people as they start a new life, while The Unemployables helps young people off the dole.

Drunk is a two-part series presented by Eoghan McDermott which shows what happens when volunteers are invited to drink to excess.

We heard at the launch that when the group were given '12 or 13 vodkas each', the majority had 'performed completely normal in tests'.

Norah Casey brings her business nous to Norah's Traveller Academy, as four young women develop entrepreneurial skills.

Irish Independent

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