Wednesday 21 February 2018

Ireland's Got Talent gets broadcast date and 6 Nations kicks off in TV3's new spring schedule

Red Rock will also return

Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage at TV3's new season launch at The National Concert Hall. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The broadcast date for Louis Walsh's reality show, Ireland's Got Talent, has been confirmed.

The show, hosted by Lucy Kennedy, will kick off on Saturday February 3, right after the NatWest 6 Nations Wales v Scotland game and the Ireland v France game in the Stade de France.

All fifteen 6 Nations matches will be shown on TV3 in the following weeks with panelists Ronan O'Gara, Shane Horgan, Alan Quinlan, Shane Jennings and Matt Williams.

TV3 won the rights in 2015 to screen the rugby tournament - previously broadcast by RTE - for a period of four years from 2018 to 2021.

Ireland's Got Talent will provide rival reality to RTE's Dancing with the Stars every weekend.  The new venture for TV3 boasts judges Louis Walsh, Michelle Visage, Jason Byrne, and Denise Van Outen.

It has also been revealed that Glenda Gilson and James Kavanagh will co-present spin off show Ireland’s Got Mór Talent.  It will air directly after the main show on TV3 and will give viewers access to behind the scenes gossip, unseen auditions, and interviews.

TV3's new schedule also sees The Tonight Show with Matt Cooper and Ivan Yates extended to four nights a week - Monday to Thursday - from February 5.

The channel's soap Red Rock will return for 13 episodes, which were filmed last year, kicking off on January 22.  Pat Shortt will be back for a second series of Smalltown, meanwhile, which will focus on his character Tom's grief.  More drama will come with two-parter The Bailout which tells the story of the government, led by Brian Cowen, as it tried to avoid handing over governance of the economy.

Popular show The Restaurant will also return with Marco Pierre White and guest food critic Rachel Allen.

UK shows The Voice UK, Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing on Ice, Love Island, Survival of the Fittest, Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Take Away and The Graham Norton Show will also return this season.

Other sport-related content includes UEFA Champions League coverage with Graeme Souness, Kevin Kilbane and Neil Lennon returning alongside Tommy Martin for the Tuesday night fixtures.  Racing will also return with The Cheltenham Gold Cup, Aintree Grand National and the Epsom Derby.

Also, Clubhouse, TV3‘s rugby and entertainment show will be back with a new line up of Mario Rosenstock and Donncha O’Callaghan at the helm.

The True Lives documentary strand will start on January 17 while Karen Koster's Mammy Guilt, Paul Williams' Ireland's Jihadis and Joanne McNally's Baby Hater are also slated for spring.

Maia Dunphy will present Heartbreak Hotel where heartbroken Irish singletons will gather at a weekend retreat in an effort to move on while David McWilliams will examine the current property bubble in Back to the Future.

Former The Tonight Show host Vincent Browne will return to TV3 screens with a new two-part series on Gerry Adams while Pat Kenny will be back with a fourth series of his current affairs show.

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