Tuesday 12 December 2017

RTE hopes for captive audience in summer with Peru prison story

A documentary on drug mule Michaella McCollum is part of the RTE summer offering
A documentary on drug mule Michaella McCollum is part of the RTE summer offering
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

From the plush surroundings of Dublin's five-star Shelbourne Hotel to the dank cells of a Peruvian jail, RTE's summer schedule offers up an eclectic mix of programming.

'Michaella, Peru and the Drugs Run' is predicted to generate a lot of attention this summer.

The one-off documentary, produced by 'Below the Radar', will trace Michaella McCollum's journey from the island of Ibiza to a cell in Ancon Dos prison.

Producers will examine the media frenzy surrounding McCollum's story and how the 20-year-old became "the poster girl for everything associated with 21st century drugs culture".

Taking inspiration from ITV's show 'The Savoy', new six part documentary 'The Shelbourne' follows the behind the scenes goings-on at the hotel.

The Shelbourne is where the Constitution was drafted, literary masterpieces were penned and where the Irish rugby squad rest before international matches.

RTE will commemorate the anniversary of World War I and remember the 200,000 young Irish men who fought in the Great War with a series of programmes on TV and radio.

Two-part documentary 'My Great War' will follow a group of young Irish descendants as they journey to the beaches of Normandy, Flanders Field and other historic sites tracing their ancestors' steps.

Broadcaster Norah Casey will front a once-off documentary about the process of dying entitled: 'Way to Go? Death and the Irish.'

On a much lighter note, Oliver Callan returns to our small screens following on from the success of his Christmas special 'Callan Kicks the Year'. In the sixpart show comedian and impersonator Callan will take a sardonic look at the events of the week.

'The Rose of Tralee', fronted by Daithi O Se, remains a staple in early August and Miriam O'Callaghan will present her tenth series of 'Saturday Night with Miriam'.

RTE Two is filled with sports programming with the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off on June 12. And 'The Sunday Game' will go head-to-head with Sky's new coverage of the GAA championships.

Irish Independent

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