RTE is relying heavily on a host of old reliables to fill the schedule for the months ahead.
There are just two new entertainment programmes in the spring television schedule announced yesterday.
These are 'The Voice Of Ireland', which has already started, and a quiz show fronted by Derek Mooney called 'Who Knows Ireland Best?'
Lifestyle content includes a solitary new series -- 'Dead Money', which follows the work of heir hunters as they track down next-of-kin of intestate people to pass on unexpected inheritances.
There are no new home-produced dramas.
The broadcaster said it had acquired new American shows, including US sitcoms 'New Girl' and 'Two Broke Girls' and Golden Globe-winning 'Homeland', which stars Claire Danes. It will also screen the last series of 'Desperate Housewives' and the latest season of 'Grey's Anatomy', 'The Good Wife' and 'Blue Bloods'.
However, factual programming for spring will see a number of new documentaries and series including 'Saving the Titanic', which will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship, and 'Ireland Outside the Euro?'.
Fly-on-the-wall series 'The Nurse' will follow public health nurses on their work around the country.
As part of its own 50th anniversary celebrations, the broadcaster will be screening a two-part documentary by John Bowman, 'Into the Light: The Battles that Shaped our TV'.
Also in the new schedule is 'MND and Me', a new documentary on RTE sports presenter Colm Murray and his determination to find a cure for motor neurone disease.