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No singing the blues for Imelda as she lands her own RTE music show

Rockabilly star Imelda May has lined up a new music show on RTE.

The Mayhem singer will swap her mic for an autocue in what's being described as an Irish version of BBC's Jools Holland programme.

Running on Sunday nights for six episodes, it will air this autumn with RTE executives hoping May's popularity with Irish audiences will help ensure its success.

The Donnybrook-based broadcaster has also received €1m in funding to make a three-part feature-length drama on the late Charles J Haughey, as revealed in this week's RTE1 season launch.

Love/Hate star Aidan Gillen has landed the lead role as the disgraced former Taoiseach in 'Charlie' while his TV pal Tom Vaughan-Lawlor will play the part of PJ Mara.


In good news for Dublin GAA fans, true-blue star Jason Sherlock has landed a part as a coach on the new series of Ireland's Fittest Families.

He'll join Derval O'Rourke, Davy Fitzgerald and Kenny Egan as they oversee the hunt for the country's fittest families.

Joe Duffy will be back with his religious series The Moment of Truth, while Fr Ted comedian Ardal O'Hanlon will be fronting a show exploring death in Ireland called Guess Who's Dead.

Grainne Seoige will also be back with a trio of programmes including Up for the Match, the People of the Year Awards and Crimecall.

When asked if there will be any additional slots for her in 2014, RTE's acting controller Ryle Nugent said: "Grainne is part of our team of talent and there are various times in the schedule during the year when there are opportunities, sometimes it's a quieter period.

"You have times when you have lots on air and times when you don't - there are always plans in the background."

RTE will have over 35 new shows on the schedule along with 24 returning series.

New documentary Women on the Inside will focus on the lives of the female prisons in the medium-security Dochas Centre.

The issue of pornography will also studied in Pornation.

And RTE Television MD Glen Killane expected huge interest in series two of The Fall, thanks to its leading man Jamie Dornanand the 50 Shades of Grey effect.