Wednesday 14 November 2018

TV3 kicks 2017 off in style with exciting new makeovers and a brand new channel

Scene from Aerial Ireland

Sasha Brady

TV3 is moving forward in 2017 with exciting new changes and a brand new channel.

Two weeks into the new year and TV3 is promising viewers some exciting new shifts in its programming for the year ahead.

On Monday, the TV3 Group will reveal a significant makeover to existing channels TV3 and 3e, its first refresh since 2009.

Monday also sees the launch of UTV Ireland's replacement channel, be3. The brand new channel will broadcast its most heavy-hitting current affairs content, such as News at 7, News at 10 and bulletins from 3News Ireland.

To whet viewers' appetite for the year ahead, V3 has premiered a 90-second clip, featuring the song New World Coming from from Cavan singer Aine Cahill.

The new look TV3 flagship channel will kick off with a feature length episode of Red Rock for its fourth season. There's also some new content to look forward to, including Rare Breed, This Is Jobstown, Thelma’s Big Irish Communions and new primetime ITV drama Tina & Bobby.

Early-risers can start the day off with the newly extended Ireland AM, followed by breakfast TV staple, This Morning, from 10.30am. And TV3's new daytime show Elaine, fronted by Elaine Crowley, launches at 3pm on Monday.

Over the coming weeks TV3 will ease the winter blues with brand new series of Celebrity Masterchef, The Restaurant and Gogglebox Ireland.

Scene from Aerial Ireland
Scene from Aerial Ireland

Viewer favourites such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale, The Voice UK, Broadchurch and Britain’s Got Talent will be broadcast exclusively on TV3 across 2017. 

3e will become the new home to The Graham Norton Show, The Jonathan Ross Show, Jeremy Kyle and Ninja Warrior, as well as "extra" shows like Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and Xtra Factor.

Good Morning Britain and Lorraine will not air on any of the TV3 Group channel.

One of the most anticipated shows from the new schedule is be3's Aerial Ireland. Premiering on Monday at 9pm, the landmark documentary uses drone aerial photography to present viewers with a spectacular overview of Ireland.

Scene from Aerial Ireland
Scene from Aerial Ireland

It was directed and produced for the Smithsonian Channel USA by award-winning filmmaker Stephen Rooke of Tile Films (Waterways, Saving the Titanic) and narrated by radio presenter Venetia Quick. One for the 'record' button.

From tomorrow be3 will be available across all platforms on the following channels: Virgin Media (106), Sky (116), Saorview (6), eVision (108), Vodafone (110).

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