Thursday 19 September 2019

Cutting Edge being 'rested' for RTE autumn schedule as Brendan O'Connor has new show for 2020

Speaking out: Brendan O'Connor, host of Cutting Edge. Photo: Andres Poveda
Speaking out: Brendan O'Connor, host of Cutting Edge. Photo: Andres Poveda
Brenda Power, Brendan O'Connor, Brian Kennedy, and Alison Canavan on Cutting Edge, RTE
Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Mairead Lavery, Brendan O'Connor, Christy Dignam, Deborah Somorin
Yvonne Connolly on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge, RTE One
Jackie Lavin, Emma Dabiri, Alison Spittle and Brendan O'Connor on RTE's Cutting Edge.
Cutting Edge: Larissa Nolan, Brendan O'Connor, Baz Ashmawy, Yvonne Connolly
Charlie Bird on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge
Niamh Horan on Brendan O'Connor's Cutting Edge. Image: RTE One
Fr Brian D'Arcy, host Brendan O'Connor, Mairead Ronan and Alison O'Connor on Cutting Edge, RTE One
Top chat: Brendan O'Connor
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Cutting Edge is being 'rested' by RTE for the autumn season as presenter Brendan O'Connor has a new show in development for 2020.

Cutting Edge, presented by Brendan O’Connor, featured a panel of three different guests each week discussing the news and talking points of that week.

The four series since 2016 proved hugely popular with viewers and sparked some furious debates between panelists, and high engagement and reaction from viewers on social media.

The show also elicited several moving personal stories from guests including Riyadh Khalaf, Niall Boylan and Alison Canavan.

However the series does not feature in the new RTÉ autumn schedule alongside the return of The Tommy Tiernan Show, The Ray D’Arcy Show, and the second longest running late night chat show in the world The Late Late Show.

An RTE spokesperson commented, "We decided to rest it this autumn."  Brendan O’Connor has a new show in development for 2020 and is currently filling in for Marian Finucane on RTÉ Radio 1.

Other succesful shows returning for the new season include Room To Improve, Ireland's Fittest Family, The Young Offenders, and Dancing With The Stars.

A new crime drama series, Dublin Murders, is also slated for the autumn with Killian Scott, Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor in leading roles.

Based on the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, it has been adapted for the screen by Sarah Phelps, best known for her Agatha Christie TV dramas and for her adaptation of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy.

An Irish period mystery called Dead Still, set in 1880s Ireland, is written by John Morton and directed by Imogen Murphy and Craig David Wallace.

RTE has also commissioned four RTE/Screen Ireland comedy pilots including Headcases, starring Seana Kerslake, Bump, starring Charlene McKenna, Dad, the story of a middle-aged dad moving in with his conservative gay son, and Handy, which tells the tale of two stepsisters.

In November, RTE will tackle climate change over the course of a week of investigations, debates and events.

In Sport, Fiona Coughlan joins the rugby commentary team with Jamie Heaslip, Donncha O'Callaghan and Michael Lynagh ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

RTE Investigates will also return with a number of new stories.

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