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Roots, Reels, Rugby and Ros na Rún
TG4 brings it all back home this
TG4’s new programme
schedule is well worth getting to know as launched by actor and TG4 veteran
supporter Brendan Gleeson at the Dublin Convention Centre today. An entertaining and distinctive Autumn offering includes a major new series
on Dublin’s most famous historical characters and locations, the hidden history of some of our best-known
houses, a look-back on how Ireland has been portrayed on film, award-winning
documentaries on a wide range of topics from Donegal Westerns to teenage
pregnancy, top class traditional music
from the islands and from the four corners of the mainland, profiles of the
great players, exclusive GAA and International Rules Football coverage, an
exclusive and wide-ranging menu of rugby (World Cup, Heineken Cup, Amlin
Challenge Cup, RaboDirect Pro 12), top class home-produced drama as well as
acquired international drama for the discerning audience and young peoples’
programmes with a difference combine in the new Autumn offering from TG4, 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
Átha Cliath chronicles Dublin’s rich and diverse history in an eight-part profile and
celebration of some of the capital city’s most famous personages or venues.
From Molly Malone and Bang Bang to Matt Talbot and Orson Welles’ teenage stage
début as well as the strange goings on at the Hellfire Club, this really is
Dublin’s history uncovered.
- Ros na Rún The tv drama
series/soap that portrays the real Ireland.
As in life it combines humour and whimsy with the most serious personal
issues, challenges and dilemmas. Life in rural Ireland has a quality of its own
but is not sheltered from the problems that face us all.
- Anamnocht profiles some extraordinary Irish characters from the
award-winning author whose father banned the use of English in their suburban
Dublin home to the Irish tennis hero convicted of murder in Monte Carlo, to the
Senator banned from the House for
wearing a báinín jacket and legendary actor Ray McAnally’s broadcaster son goes
in search of his father’s artistic legacy.
- Cogar An eye-opening range of original Irish documentaries on people and
who have been ignored, forgotten or neglected, including the Armenian refugee whose
sweetshop in Cork sold Turkish Delights to Harrods of London, the reality of life for a pregnant teenager
and life on location for the cast of Ireland’s last cowboy film.
- Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa ? uncovers the
amazing secret histories of some of our most famous houses – including the
Connemara castle that was home to a millionaire cricket-playing Indian prince,
the house that was part of the plot to save
Marie Antoinette from the guillotine and bring her to Dingle and the castle on the
Shannon estuary where an old Irish chieftain family plays host to a leading UK
actor son-in-law who has his own Irish
- An Jig Gig goes in search of the best traditional Irish
dancers in the country, Glór Tíre gives
the stage to emerging country and western talent and Steip is the live annual sean-nós dancing extravaganza live
from Oireachtas na Gaeilge. The G Team challenges towns and villages to
brush up their Irish and win a significant fund to promote tourism to their
- Farraigí na hÉireann, Ag Dul in Éag and
Domhan an Dúlra bring the best wild-life programming from home and
abroad as we explore the natural life wonders of the Irish coast and further
afield and examine how well mankind has
treated these resources.
- Rugbaí Extensive and exclusive live and highlights
coverage of all major competitions. For
the first time, all four Irish provinces
take part in the Heineken Cup and TG4 has exclusive free to air (highlights)
rights for the Heineken Cup, Amlin and RaboDirect Pro 12 along with
an attractive day-time slot for full deferred coverage or matches from from the
2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
- GAA Beo a
wide variety of exclusive
live tv coverage of Gaelic games every
weekend – All-Ireland Finals
in Under 21 hurling and in Ladies
Football, County Finals and AIB Club Championship matches each Sunday and International Rules Football Ireland v Australia, as our fearless amateurs
travel the Southern Hemisphere. GAA 2011 continues with its Monday
night-compilation of all the weekend’s top action.
- Ceist GAA
is Irish television’s only Gaelic games sports quiz with the
quiet-spoken Hector Ó hEochagáin asking the questions of teams representing
some of the country’s top clubs with Gaelic games tv presenters Micheál Ó
Domhnaill and Evanne Ní Chuilinn acting as team captains.
- Geantraí the best traditional music sessions hosted by
well-known players at their local pub Ceol na nOileán showcases the
musical legacy of our islands and Tigh an Cheoil provides a showcase for the best of Scots and
Irish musicans at a famous Glasgow venue.
? celebrates the life and times
of a star of a female traditional musician of yesteryear – one of whom was our
Ambassador’s wife in the Vatican during World War II.
- Misinéirí Radacacha is a
timely series that illustrates how
Irish missionaries working abroad have preached a radical gospel message that
has resonated with the poor and deprived in foreign countries, at a period
when Catholic clergy in Ireland is under
increasing pressure and apparently losing public support. Each programme is followed by a well known movie
on the same theme.
- Muide Éire a major four-part documentary that chronicles the history of Ireland on
screen – from the horse drawn carriages the Lumière Brothers to the
pyrotechnics of present day blockbusters.
The series examines how we represent ourselves and how others represent
the Irish on screen. Veteran film-maker
Bob Quinn is also the subject of a
major retrospective series.
- Cúla4 A customised daily service in Irish for kids and
young people. Cúla4 na nÓg the pre-school breakfast time
segment includes Mr Men, Olivia, Dinosaur
Train and Sesame favourites, Bert
& Ernie and Abby’s Flying Fairy
School. Cúla4, the afternoon cartoon time
includes Garfield, Ben 10, Spongebob
Squarepants and Fanboy and Chum Chum.
- Ponc TG4’s daily zone for
young people and teenagers, presented by Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Colmán
Mac Séalaigh and featuring drama series Switched
at Birth, reality television series Wipeout
Australia, and Ireland’s weekly chart show POP4, presented by Eoghan Mac Diarmada.
- Nuacht TG4 A daily and distinctive non-metropolitan take on
regional, national and international stories and 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 súil eile selection
of US drama series exclusive to TG4, including the latest series of
Curb Your Enthusiasm and teen drama
series, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries and One Tree Hill.
- An eclectic and
discerning range of films - from classics to war to Westerns to contemporary
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