RTE are bringing over 60 new shows and series to the two channels this season.
We will also see the return of some of our favorite shows including Striking Out (starring Amy Huberman and Neil Morrissey) and Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope by Stefanie Preissner with new seasons. Other comedies you can expect to return to your screen include Bridget and Eamon; Hardy Bucks; All Round to Mrs Brown’ and The Tommy Tiernan Show.
Commenting on the new schedule, RTÉ’s Director-General, Dee Forbes, said: “This autumn and winter RTÉ will offer big, beautiful and captivating natural history programmes; a strong line-up of female led- dramas; and a range of ambitious, incisive documentaries that tell Ireland’s story.
“RTÉ is making new comedy with new young writers; RTÉ is bringing the arts to big audiences through a host of new authored documentaries; RTÉ is partnering with more national cultural institutions and organisations than ever before.
“Supported by the backbone of RTÉ – news and sport – these new schedules demonstrate a passion for public service media, a commitment to working with others, new talent and new faces, and delivers standout national moments. Our ambition – our role – is to captivate the nation, and this new schedule demonstrates that, RTÉ will continue to put great Irish content at the heart of what we do.”
There is a lot in the line up but of course we want to just focus on the comedy.
First up is the highly anticipated The Young Offenders the TV show. This will be a six-part series based on the huge Irish hit about featuring the original cast Alex Murphy and Chris Walley as Conor and Jock. peter Foott has also directed the Cork comedy.
Comedian Alison Spittle has penned this six part comedy series with her boyfriend. It follows a girl in her twenties (played by Alison) who moves back home to the midlands after a failed career in Dublin. Something that might hit home for a lot of millennials today.
She also has a documentary coming out called Culchie Club.
Ends Meet (animated)
Here is something a bit different. This is Ireland’s first animated adult series. It follows three generations of Irish men who end up living together in Dublin. It is written by breakthrough comic talent Mark Baldwin, and animated by Gareth Lyons.
Also new in comedy: The School, a mockumentary about the teachers and pupils of a fictional Cork primary school as they prepare for a Nativity play; and Senior Moments, where mature citizens have fun from the comfort of their living rooms.