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Rebels, Rovers and Rugby promise an emotional Autumn

A major new series profiling each of the 1916 Proclamation signatories, the story of the man who invented the documentary film using the Aran Islands as his testing-ground, a revealing television history of Irish rugby, Hector's invasion of Canada, award-winning documentaries on a wide range of topics, traditional music from the four corners, exclusive GAA and International Rules Football coverage, a return to free-to-air tv for Magner's League rugby, news and young peoples' programmes with a difference form key elements in the TG4's 2010 Autumn Schedule, announced today. It offers a unique and distinctive viewing choice on Ireland's most innovative tv channel, with attractive content that will engage all the emotions in a combination of new programmes from emerging talent and with all the favourites returning for new seasons too.

  • 1916 Seachtar na Cásca - Narrated by Brendan Gleeson, this new seven-part drama-documentary tells the story of each of the seven signatories of the 1916 Easter Proclamation: Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, James Connolly, P H Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett. The names are familiar but this series goes in search of the men, their backgrounds and their families.
  • Gualainn le Gualainn - A major new four part television history of Irish rugby which chronicles a story that began with a handful of ex-public schoolboys on the manicured grounds of Trinity College and that has blossomed into a major professional and amateur sport spanning all strands of Irish life. Previously unseen footage will feature in this series.
  • Ros na Rún - The tv drama series/soap that portrays the real Ireland returns for the 15th season. A regular eye-full of goings on in this village proves that there is more to rural Ireland than farm subsidies and eco-tourism.
  • Making a difference - The stories of important figures in recent Irish history, from the pioneering feminist doctor who transformed children's health in Dublin to the man who "invented" film documentary making by immortalising the Aran Islands and a no-holds barred look at Tom Barry and Dan Breen, two of the most controversial military leaders in the War of Independence and Irish Civil War.
  • Cogar - An eye-opening range of original Irish documentaries on aspects of Irish life, many of which have been forgotten or neglected, from the inside story of the Roma encampment on the M50 motorway to the demise of the humble donkey, from set-dancing in Ibiza to the role of the cup of tea.
  • An Píopa - Four years in the making, this documentary tells the story of the small Mayo community which has taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State. A unique insight into one of the most divisive issues in the rural west.
  • An Jig Gig - We go in search of the best traditional Irish dancers in the country and Steip, the annual live sean-nós dancing extravaganza live from Oireachtas 2010.
  • Hector i gCeanada - The red-haired whirlwind is on his travels again. The Mounties may not get their man this time as one of Ireland's best-loved personalities travels across eight of Canada's vast and proud provinces.
  • Stróc - Political journalist Harry McGee charts those audacious and cunning plans that made the headlines and achieved notoriety for their perpetrators - but which are now largely forgotten - like the iodine tablets that would help save us all from nuclear attack.
  • Rugbaí Beo - Live coverage of the Irish provinces' quest for Magner's League success in this crucial year for Irish rugby, including the much-awaited Leinster v Munster from the Aviva Stadium on October 2nd.
  • International Rules Football - Live and exclusive coverage of the much-awaited two tests Ireland v Australia, as our fearless amateurs take on the might of the professionals from Down Under in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick and Croke Park.
  • Do Thinteán Féin - A guide to making the most of the only home you may ever own. Presenter Eimear Nic An Bháird, former editor of House and Home Ireland attempts to turn a townhouse into her dream home on a very small budget.
  • Dáithí ar Route 1 - The shy Kerryman returns to the US and hits Route 1, America's Main Street, travelling south along the east coast from the Canadian border to Florida. He goes on patrol with US border guards on the US-Canadian border, visits Stephen King's home, sings with the Naked Cowboy and learns how to shake his Pom Poms with the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders.
  • GAA Beo - A wide variety of exclusive live tv coverage of Gaelic games coverage every weekend - All-Ireland Finals in Under 21 hurling and in Ladies Football, County Finals and AIB Club Championship matches each Sunday.
  • Geantraí - The best traditional music sessions hosted by well-known players at their local pub.
  • Cúla4 - A customised daily service in Irish for kids and young people, Cúla4 na nÓg the breakfast time segment for pre-school kids Cúla4, the afternoon toon time and Ponc TG4's daily zone for young people and teenagers featuring top drama series, reality television, extreme sports, reviews and competitions.
  • Nuacht TG4 - A daily and distinctive non-metropolitan take on regional, national and international stories.
  • 7 Lá - Hard-hitting weekly analysis of the stories that matter.
  • Comhrá - A series of gentle conversations with people, not all of them well known, whose extra-ordinary lives reveal a lot of drama away from the headlines. A retiring bishop is among those telling his story.
  • Scéal an Airgid - Máire Bhreathnach goes in quest of the green shoots of the economic recovery and comes face-to-face with those trying to make it happen - small indigenous business owners the length and breadth of the country.
  • A súil eile? selection of US drama series exclusive to TG4, including True Blood starring Oscar winning actress Anna Paquin.
  • An eclectic and discerning range of films - from classics to war to Westerns to contemporary international cinema.

Media Contact Details:
Linda Ní Ghríofa, linda.ni.ghriofa@tg4.ie
091-505228 / 087-9172864

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