RTÉ has unveiled a wide range of factual content for all interests this season.
From impactful documentaries, lifting the veil on some difficult realities both past and present, to series that celebrate and remember who and what we love, with lighter viewing to inspire and entertain, RTÉ’s factual offering on TV , on radio and online, promises – as always – to be true to life.
RTÉ’s Factual Group Leader Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig said: “This is perhaps our most exciting Factual programming yet. Despite an incredibly difficult year of production, the internal teams at RTÉ and the many independent companies we work with have really excelled and delivered a wonderful selection of documentaries and factual programming for the new season. “
Highlights range from Conor Ferguson’s handsome tribute to his wife Keelin Shanley, to Nuala Cunningham and Gerry Gregg’s historic documentary series on Magdalene Laundries, Ireland’s dirty laundry.
There is the charm of Alex Fegan Irish wedding at Ken Wardrop Cocooned, which traces the experiences of over 70s in Ireland as they fight their way through the pandemic.
This season will also see more documentaries on the schedule than ever before, with shows like Quinn Country, which traces the rise and fall of entrepreneur Sean Quinn, and Crimes and confessions, which re-examines some of the cases investigated by the Murder Squad in the 1970s.
The murder of Father Niall Molloy is a two-part series where Father Niall’s nephews revisit the events that led to his being killed in Richard and Teresa Flynn’s bedroom in 1985.
On the lighter side, there are several shows that will look at how we live and what we do.
In Designed for life, interior designer Arlene McIntyre brings her knowledge, creativity and experience working with her famous clients.
Hugh Wallace hosts The happiness of the bungalows, where four innovative architects are teamed up with four new bungalow owners looking for solutions for their dark and dated homes.
At your service returns with a new hour-long format, on a mission to help four hotel business owners on their journey through the pandemic, The Great Escape of Dr Eva follows Dr Eva and Wyatt to see if they have finally managed to open their hotel in Portugal.
On RTÉ Radio 1, the new season of Documentary on One continues throughout the season every Sunday and via podcast every Thursday, with compelling and must-see stories.
There are also science and nature programs for young viewers on RTÉ this season.
They understand Let’s find out, RTEjr’s science entertainment series, co-funded by the Science Foundation Ireland; Bush children, where four families eat out, camp and survive two nights in the wild; and Wild Children of the Atlantic, a fun adventure on the Wild Atlantic Way in an RV with the Fortune family.