New Season brings Real Irish Stories to RTÉ


RTÉ provides a trusted platform for Irish people to share their stories. This is reflected across new season programming including The RotundaThe Yellow Brick Road, Raised by the Village, My Big Day Home or Away and more.

The Rotunda

The award-winning series returns this Autumn with eight episodes charting the highs and lows of pregnancy and childbirth in the world’s longest running maternity hospital.  In this series, we follow 32 stories of expectant parents who are hoping to welcome new arrivals into their lives.  For some, this will be a straightforward visit to the Delivery Suite while for others their journey to parenthood will require additional help and support from The Rotunda’s dedicated team of doctors and midwives.

Raised by the Village

After a hugely successful pilot series, Raised by the Village returns for four-part series, featuring eight teenagers from Darndale, Neilstown, Swords, Waterford and Dundalk. The teenagers are embraced by families in Roscommon, Leitrim, Laois and Donegal.

First Dates Ireland

Ireland’s favourite daters are back for another series which sees hopefuls search for love over the course of dinner in central Dublin. Over 4,000 people applied for the upcoming series, which will air on RTÉ2 early in 2020.

My Big Day Home or Away

In each of the four episodes, a loved-up engaged couple is given the services of two top class wedding planners, Tara Fay and Bruce Russell. One planner arranges a wedding at home, in Ireland, one plans a wedding away, somewhere fabulous and foreign.

Pulling with my Parents

In this brand-new series for RTÉ2, a generation who have only known digital dating, let their parents take control of their love lives, including their apps! Can a parental filter help unlock the conundrum of modern hook-ups? Or will ‘Grindr’ be too much for Mum to handle?

DIY SOS Ireland

DIY SOS is an inspirational and feel-good format for RTÉ One, which will see a deserving family facing hugely difficult personal circumstances get a significant home makeover to help improve their quality of life. Presenter Baz Ashmawy and his team of experts set out to renovate the homes of deserving families, changing their lives.

The Yellow Brick Road

Be it an issue of loneliness, unemployment, relationships, a phobia, anxiety or addiction, four carefully chosen Fairy Godmothers (Greg Xavier, Claire Fullam, Noel Sutton and Jordan Dunbar) will listen, offer advice and support those in need of their help. In the spirit of The Wizard of Oz, they will use some magic to tap into their subject’s inner courage and heart and help guide them on the first steps on their own personal Yellow Brick Road.

Goodbye House

The series features downsizers from all walks of life and from all over Ireland, who are looking for new beginnings.

Three individuals will compete to have their selected home chosen by the downsizer as their perfect ‘new beginning’ home. In each of the six episodes, three individual properties will be viewed by the ‘downsizer’, one of which they must choose.

All Hands on Deck

During each hour-long episode, Francis Brennan will gain an insight into what life is like for the ship’s 1,600 crew members by stepping into the shoes of three of the most senior onboard roles: Maitre ‘D, Entertainment Director and Hotel General Manager.

Brendan Grace - Thanks for the Memories

This three-part documentary began following Brendan Grace on his journey to put on a show with the Forget-Me-Nots choir and a group of his showbiz friends in the Olympia Theatre. Then, Brendan got sick. At first with pneumonia, then with cancer. The series changed focus immediately and went from a documentary about a man fighting to put on a show, to the story of a man fighting for his life.


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