Chat, ceoil, sport and drama at heart of TG4’s new Autumn schedule

A huge mix of emotions will experienced when viewing the eclectic range of programming showcased at the entertaining launch of TG4’s Autumn schedule yesterday (Wednesday ) in the Tribeton, Galway.

The diverse range of programmes provide plenty of laughs from the likes of Hector, Daithí Ó Sé, Daniel O’Donnell and interesting guests from near and far.The highly successful ‘Underdogs’ return after a ten-year break, with renowned footballers Paul Galvin, Valerie Mulcahy and Advertiser columnist Ray Silke as this year’s selectors, putting a new group of skilled hopefuls under pressure and creating plenty of healthy competition for places on their team.

Heartbreak and anguish are portrayed in the hard hitting documentary series’, ‘Finné’ & ‘Tabú’, presented by renowned journalist Orla O’Donnell and radio star Eoghan McDermott respectively. The programmes deal with controversies relating to injustice and the burning questions facing Irish society today.

The weekly current affairs series ‘7 Lá’ returns and the highly acclaimed documentary series ‘Fíorscéal’ kicks off with the Irish broadcast premiere of John & Gerry McColgan’s hard hitting film, ‘This is Palestine’, tonight Thursday.

They also have an informative new series on the history, traditions and culture of food in Ireland - ‘Blasta’, as well as following a year in the life of the team in a renowned rural hotel, the ‘Shandon’, in Donegal. Programmes such as ‘Bailte’, ‘Gaeil UK’, ‘Turas Bóthar’, ‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’ and ‘Bádóirí’ give a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people and particular communities, in Ireland and Britain, in a contemplative but entertaining way.

Sports coverage on TG4 is going from strength to strength as we approach the high point in the LGFA year, where the women of Cork and Dublin meet in the All Ireland football final. A new programme, building up to the big match will be broadcast live the night before, September 15, from the Mansion House in Dublin, with lots of musicians and sports stars taking centre stage.

TG4 will have the best of the Guinness Rugby PRO14 championship, as well as the County Finals and AIB Club championship in football and hurling, between October and December 2018, with a live match every Sunday.

Announcing the new schedule, TG4 Director General Alan Esslemont says people recognise themselves in TG4 programming. They can relate to material which is inspired by them. They appreciate that TG4 constantly strives to provide the most comprehensive mix possible, at the highest quality, from our ‘Súil Eile’ perspective, for our viewers at home and abroad.

“We are particularly proud this year of the strong output in Entertainment and our powerful Documentaries. We are constantly increasing our presence on digital platforms as well, so that people can access us worldwide through the player at TG4.ie, or on our app which is available in IOS, Android and SmartTV versions. I hope that more people than ever will enjoy these new programmes in the coming months,” he concluded.

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