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Jennifer Maguire. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Jennifer Maguire. Photo: Doug O'Connor

Adrian Dunbaras Brendan Behan in 'Brendan at the Chelsea"

Adrian Dunbaras Brendan Behan in 'Brendan at the Chelsea"

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Jennifer Maguire. Photo: Doug O'Connor

SHE'S had plenty of shows on RTE over the years, and now Jennifer Maguire is in the mix to have another one as part of the station's autumn schedule.

Bosses at the national broadcaster will today announce details of their forthcoming season of programming, and the Herald can reveal that newlywed Jennifer will lead the way on RTE Two.

Dubliner Jen is not the only one taking on new projects.

RTE has hired actor Adrian Dunbar, best-known for The Crying Game and The General, to front a factual project on RTE One, while Angela Scanlan and Maia Dunphy will explore a range of issues in the popular Reality Bites series.

Fans of Jamie Dornan will be pleased to know the superstar will be back on TV screens by the end of the year in The Fall.

The former Calvin Klein model, who is now a rising Hollywood heart-throb thanks to his leading role in blockbuster 50 Shades of Grey, is one of the main highlights of the schedule, and RTE is expected to feature the next season of the Belfast-shot drama in late November.

Viewers can also look forward to seeing former Fair City girl Aoibhin Garrihy in her The Fall debut opposite Jamie.

Also helping complete RTE's line-up is the cast of IFTA-winning Love/Hate.

Season five of creator Stuart Carolan's gangland drama will pick up where it left off in October, while Ryan Tubridy will take the helm of The Late Late Show on Friday nights once again from September 5.

There will also be several documentaries. In addition, audiences will be treated to another batch of family favourite Dermot Bannon's Room To Improve.

One show that will not be making a comeback is MasterChef, fronted by chef Dylan McGrath and restaurateur Nick Munier.

The axing came due to the lack of a main sponsor.

The show, which performed well for RTE in the ratings, costs €2m to make and was previously sponsored by airline Emirates.

"I didn't know it wasn't returning," Munier said earlier this week. "I was just told it was looking for a title sponsor."

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