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Dead Still, Headcases and Dublin Murders Lead the Way for RTÉ's New Season
22 Aug 2019 : News Desk
Sarah Greene and Killian Scott in Dublin Murders
RTÉ has unveiled a new slate of impactful Irish programming along with a strong focus on climate as part of its upcoming new season.

RTÉ’s season on climate will see a range of brand-new content across all platforms.  RTÉ will explore climate and environmental issues facing Ireland, with specially commissioned documentaries, events and debates. Gerald Fleming fronts Will Ireland Survive 2050, RTÉ News will continue to put a focus on climate with special reports from Paul Cunningham, and Philip Boucher-Hayes will report in a special programme on government actions and inactions when it comes to climate.

Impactful Stories
RTÉ will continue to uncover impactful Irish stories that need to be told, with new series including Quinn Country, Redress Board and The Teenage Ambassadors, alongside RTÉ’s ongoing commitment to quality journalism and news and current affairs. From Ireland’s most-listened to radio programme, Morning Ireland, through to Claire Byrne Live, Prime Time and The Late Debate, RTÉ is the most trusted source of news and current affairs in the country.

Drama and Comedy
Brand new drama and comedy this new season includes Dublin Murders, Sarah Greene, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Killan Scott, Irish period mystery Dead Still, and a brand new series of the ever popular The Young Offenders. RTÉ’s commitment to developing new creative talent is underlined with a new season RTÉ/Screen Ireland comedy pilots. Ireland’s most-watched soap Fair City celebrates 30 years, with an hour-long special and the explosive reappearance of some faces from the past.

Dublin Murders for BBC One, Starz and RTÉ with support from Northern Ireland Screen, is an eight-part crime drama starring Killian Scott, Sarah Greene, Moe Dunford and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Based on the Dublin Murder Squad series by crime novelist Tana French, the drama has been adapted for the screen by renowned screenwriter Sarah Phelps best-known for her Agatha Christie TV dramas and for her adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Set during the height of the Celtic Tiger, the series will focus on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic Detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox.

Dead Still: RTÉ and Acorn Media Enterprises (AME) have partnered to commission this Irish period mystery with Dublin-based Deadpan Pictures and Toronto-based Shaftesbury co-producing, alongside ZDF Enterprises. Set in 1880s Ireland in the Victorian era heyday of “postmortem photography,” the six-episode period drama follows a renowned memorial photographer as he investigates the murders of his recently deceased subjects. Dead Still is written by John Morton and directed by Imogen Murphy (Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Red Rock) and Craig David Wallace (Slasher, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Murdoch Mysteries) Cast includes Michael Smiley and Eileen O’Higgins.

The Young Offenders:  Series 2 continues where series 1 left off telling the coming of age adventures of loveable rogues Conor & Jock and their mother/guardian Mairead as she tries to keep them on the straight and narrow (Alex Murphy, Chris Walley and Hilary Rose, reprising their roles), with friendship, loyalty, laughter and lots of mischief.

South Westerlies: a drama set in coastal town on the south-west of Ireland, which is earmarked for a Norwegian-owned wind farm.

This year’s comedy slate includes four RTÉ / Screen Ireland Comedy Pilots:

  • Headcases, starring Seana Kerslake, follows four women as they attempt to keep up appearances as they juggle husbands, affairs and gangsters while working in a Northside Dublin hair salon.
  • Bump, starring Charlene McKenna, deals with the trials and tribulations of becoming a surrogate for your sister.
  • Dad is the story of a middle-aged dad moving in with his conservative gay sons one-bedroom apartment after his wife has kicked him out.
  • Handy tells the tale of two stepsisters specialising in the oddest of odd jobs.

Under the Storyland banner, RTÉ and Northern Ireland Screen give emerging Irish creative talent an opportunity to make original Irish dramas:

  • Wastewater: Vinny and Lauryn fall for each other but their future together is thrown into doubt by the intersection of the darkest parts of their lives. Written and directed by Dave Tynan (Dublin Oldschool) 
  • Skip to the End: A man suffering the trauma of his young daughter's hospitalisation following a car accident is given a mysterious solution to skip past his pain. Written and directed by Jason Butler. 
  • Eat the Rich: A young bicycle courier, struggling to survive in the gig economy, takes revenge on the boss who fired him. Written by PJ Hart. 
  • A Deal Is A Deal: A misguided and disgruntled teenage pigeon fancier reacts badly to the death of his champion young bird.Written by Francis and Geraldine Scullion. 
  • Mushrooms: A desperate housewife takes drastic measures to solve her problem. Written by Marion McDowell, directed

Biggest Shows And Brightest Stars
RTÉ will continue to deliver the biggest live shows, and bring the nation together for must-see family entertainment. The Keith Barry Experience adds to a line-up of household names with The Late Late Show, Room To Improve, The Ray D’arcy Show, Ireland’s Fittest Family and The Tommy Tiernan Show. The godfather of comedy, Brendan Grace, is celebrated in Brian Reddin’s intimate three-part series Brendan Grace: Thanks for the Memories, while Dancing with the Stars will sparkle on screens with new dancers added to the professional line-up.

RTÉ aims to remain the undisputed home of free-to-air sport, bringing the nation together to support our teams at home and abroad. From the Rugby World Cup in Japan, to grassroots level with the AIB GAA Club Championships, to Women’s 6 Nations to the World Rowing Championships, RTÉ is striving to bring audiences closer to the action.

Real Irish Stories
RTÉ provides a trusted platform for Irish people to share their stories. This is reflected across new season programming includingThe RotundaThe Yellow Brick RoadChanging Ireland, Raised by the Village, Harvest Week and My Big Day Home or Away.

Speaking at the launch, RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes said: 

“Public service media has never been more important. Independent journalism, local stories, home-grown performers, writers and artists: these are what you will see in a diverse schedule which, across television, radio and online, demonstrates the breadth of what RTÉ delivers to Irish life, and underlines how important public service media is in reflecting who we were, who we are today, and where we're going."

RTÉ Director of Audience, Channels and Marketing, Adrian Lynch said: 

What an exciting new season we have to look forward to. RTÉ’s diverse content reaches over 90% of Irish audiences weekly across all its services. To be the home of the Irish rugby team, give a platform for younger voices as they participate in the Youth Assembly during RTÉ On Climate week, to engage Irish audiences with some of the biggest live entertainment shows, are all examples of our role in Irish life. RTÉ continues to deliver trusted journalism as well as shaping the nation with our impactful stories. This is RTÉ at its best. 

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