TG4 Autumn 2010 schedule Documentary/ Faisnéis Feature Documentary Máire an Chlocháin Léith The Mary from Dungloe Festival is one the mainstays of the Donegal tourist year as thousands gather there every August to celebrate the life of this legendary Donegal girl. But who was Mary from Dungloe? This documentary tells the story of love, poverty, emigration and heartache that was a part of this mysterious life. Drawing on contemporary accounts and folk memory and with the help of local historians and public representatives, the programme reveals the impoverished life of West Donegal at the end of the nineteenth century, the programme uncovers the reasons that drove the young Mary Gallagher to leave her small home near Dungloe to board a ship bound for New Zealand and chronicles the short tragic life that awaited her there! Produced by local award-winning company Scannáin Lugh Teo. Contact: Loïc Jourdain email@example.com 074 9560948 Bóthar na Saoirse: Dan Breen, Tom Barry This is a two-part documentary, each 52 minutes in duration, on the lives of two of the most hard-line republicans from the violent 1918-23 period. Dan Breen and Tom Barry led daring republican attacks and each of them earned a reputation of ruthlessness and single-mindedness in their guerilla tactics. Each of them published memoirs containing their first-hand accounts of their exploits and opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty and survived to tell their tales. Their accounts, like their soldiering were harsh and uncompromising and led to as much criticism as praise. For republicans, Breen and Barry are iconic figures, heroes who, against all odds brought down an Empire. For their critics these are their stories. Supported by the BAI Sound & Vision Fund. Produced by Black Rock Pictures Teo - 01-2803957 firstname.lastname@example.org An tÉireannach Fáin The story of Robert Flaherty, the father of the film documentary and one of the twentieth century‟s most influential cinematic figures. His pioneering work showed how compelling documentaries could be made but, as later assessments have demonstrated, this was often at the cost of the truth. He was the first to see that film of the every day life of „real‟ people could be moulded into dramatic, entertaining narratives: but, by the same token, he is also the father of manipulation and distortion as well as being a bridge whereby stereotypes of exotic peoples (including Aran Islanders of the 1930s) became part of cinema. Born in the USA in 1884 he first worked as a prospector in Canada. A keen photographer, he turned to cinema making a study of life in the Artic, Nanook of the North (1921), which is seen, quite rightly, as the first documentary – the first film to create a narrative from everyday reality. His method was to craft simple but exquisitely pictorial dramas from daily life -- the struggle for survival, the pleasures of family, rites of passage. Stereotyping and distortion did not disturb him. When he got to Ireland to make his acclaimed Man of Aran he continued in this vein and had no interest in grasping or illustrating underlying social realities. For example, he had the islanders hunt basking shark, they had not engaged in this for over a generation. While the Aran film was perhaps Flaherty‟s most acclaimed and magisterial documentary, this re-assessment makes it clear that it also contains many flaws. Contributors include Richard Leacock - cameraman on Louisiana Story and father of the contemporary hand-held documentary style, Martha Flaherty - Flaherty‟s Inuit granddaughter, George Stoney – documentary filmmaker and professor at New York University, Seán Crosson – film scholar at the Huston School of Film, Jay Ruby - anthropologist and film scholar at Temple University. The documentary was directed and produced by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín, in association with Bright Spark Studios (U.K.), and Minerva Productions of Lincoln University. The script was written by Brian Winston, an Emmy award- winning documentary script-writer. This work was funded by TG4, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, EM Media, MEDIA Europa and BAI Sound & Vision Fund. Contact MacDara Ó Curraidhín 091-504858/ 087-6222058 Kathleen Lynn The story of an extraordinary woman. The daughter of a west of Ireland Protestant clergyman, she grew up to be a medical doctor, a suffragette, an officer in James Connolly‟s Irish Citizen Army and a Sinn Fein TD. Perhaps her greatest legacy was the founding of Ireland‟s first infants hospital, St. Ultan‟s, at a period when mortality rates in Ireland were out of control. Her even bigger idea for a national children‟s hospital was thwarted by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid because of her Protestant background. This major new drama-documentary, starring Ingrid Cragie, one of Ireland‟s leading actresses, tells her amazing story and draws on the four volumes of diaries she kept from 1916 until she died in 1955, a unique and fascinating record of the birth of our nation as well as her own political, social and medical life‟s work. Contributors include Sinéad McCoole, Margaret Ward and the late Bridget Derrane. It was produced with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland‟s Sound and Vision Fund. Produced by Loopline Productions - Contact Martina Durac 01-6619696 An Píopa The story of a community tragically divided, and the prospect of a gas pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations. Four years in the making, this documentary tells the story of the small Rossport community which has taken on the might of Shell Oil and the Irish State. The discovery of gas off this remote coastal village has led to one of the most dramatic clash of cultures in modern Ireland. The rights of farmers over their fields and of fishermen to their fishing grounds, has come in direct conflict with one of the world‟s most powerful oil companies. When the citizens looked to the State to protect their rights, they found that the Government seems to put Shell‟s right to lay a pipeline above the locals‟ wishes. Already 5 men from the locality have spent 94 days in jail rather than let the proposed Shell pipeline cross their lands. This once tranquil area is engulfed in turmoil, as huge numbers of Gardaí and private security personnel are drafted in. Normal policing has broken down following baton charges, surveillance, arrests, and a hunger strike by a local schoolteacher. With the imminent arrival of the world's largest pipelaying vessel, the Solitaire, a massive security operation is put into action by the State to ensure that the pipe is laid without interference. When all hope seems lost, events take a dramatic turn. Following the personal experience of three main characters at the height of local tension, this is a story of a community tragically divided, and the prospect of a pipeline that can bring economic prosperity or destroy a way of life shared for generations. The documentary has been accepted for entry at the Hot Docs Documentary festival in Toronto. Produced by Scannáin Inbhear Teo. Contact; Rachel Lysaght 086 358 7979 with funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland‟s Sound and Vision scheme as well as from Irish Filsm Board. Rachel@undergroundfilms.ie The Quiet Man - A Milestone or a Millstone? The Quiet Man was the first major Hollywood film shot on location in Ireland (in the early 1950s) and in glorious Technicolor. On its release, the film became the brand image of what Ireland was like for the cinema-going world, the term „the grass is greener over there‟ came into being. This documentary looks at how a country can be somehow transformed by its representation on screen and considers why The Quiet Man has remained such a powerful draw for filmmakers. The documentary explores the film‟s lasting impact in a world that has changed beyond belief since it was first released. The director of this documentary, Sé Merry Doyle, passionately believes that The Quiet Man is a very sophisticated and subtle film. We will also meet passionate fans of the film, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Jim Sheridan and Maureen O‟ Hara. Using a blend of archive from The Quiet Man, visually stunning location material, colourful and varied meetings with people who were intimately connected with the making of the film and contributions from well-known filmmakers, this documentary will take the viewer on a journey of discovery. Produced by Loopline Films; Contact- Martina Durac 01-6619696 Bernadette Bernadette Devlin has been a figure of lively controversy since the term Civil Rights entered political speech in the late sixties. She played a leading part in the struggle for human and civil liberties in Ireland, was an icon to working people and to ethnic and women‟s campaigns around the world, and now leads a unique community action agency. Although often the quarry of media commentators in her public role, she has always shunned publicity for herself and her family. This is the first time that she has agreed to participate in the making of a film about her working life and ideas. The film is a full length feature documentary about this complex, witty and electrifyingly honest figure, described as a Joan or Arc, Mao in a Mini Skirt etc., who continues to practice the arts of her brain and her heart fully and without stint. She talks candidly about her experiences and work, her ideas and feelings, both then and now. Produced by Lelia Doolan 091-796010 email@example.com Hugo Hamilton- How to Belong An exploration of identity, belonging and language and how each is shaped by the other. Journeying through his writing and the countries Hugo Hamilton calls home we will explore, as he puts it, his relationships with “the forbidden languages of his childhood” – Irish, English & German - and how they have shaped his life so far. Hugo Hamilton‟s work is concerned with identity and belonging – to a grouping, to a culture, to a country and how hard this can be to achieve. Nowhere is this more evident than in his remarkable memoir, The Speckled People in which he recounts, from a child‟s perspective, the confusion of being raised by a nationalistic, extreme Gaeilgeoir father who forbade his children to speak anything other than Irish and could resort to violence if they spoke English and a gentle, loving German mother who had fled from Nazi Germany and sought refuge in neutral Ireland. In this film, we explore with Hugo the huge challenges of trying to find a way to belong when you have spent half your life torn between hating and loving the Irish language and culture and alternately being ashamed of your post-war German heritage. In the film Hugo embarks on a personal, physical and metaphorical journey between Ireland and Germany as he seeks to reconcile these two parts of his identity for once and for all. The film delves into Irish language and identity, culture and politics in the company of one of Ireland‟s best writers in a powerful and raw exploration of how to belong and what it means for an individual. Produced by Loopline Films; Contact- Martina Durac 01-6619696 Katanga This is the story of the United Nations in Congo 1961, faced with its first major crisis as the country begins to disintegrate, coming to a violent climax in September 1961 with the UN under fire from all sides, the Secretary General killed and its soldiers under ferocious attack from white-led Congolese. Talking to survivors with archive and reconstruction footage this documentary pieces together this story of people asked to achieve the impossible. Cogar This the generic title for a series of TG4 documentaries comprising specially commissioned half-hour programmes that are highly personal in nature and often show a more hidden side of Irish life. Programmes concentrate on people more than on issues and this allows participants to tell their own story in their own ways. 9.30pm Sundays from September 26th Trí Shúile Annie Brophy 26/09/10 This is the social history of Waterford city as seen through the lens of photographer Annie Brophy who took over 65,000 photographs in that city and environs throughout the 20th century from 1922 to 1980. Journalist and author Catherine Foley, goes down memory lane with the help of Brophy‟s photographs and contributions from journalists local historians and archivists including Geraldine Kennedy, John O‟Connor, Carmel O‟Regan, Ríonach Uí Ógáin and Donnchadha Ó Ceallacháin to get a unique insight into the life and development of one of our most historic cities. Produced by Forefront productions Contact: RoseAnn Foley/ 0866094563 firstname.lastname@example.org Dídean ar an M50 03/10/10 This is the sad human story behind the 2007 headlines over the controversial make-shift village established by a group of Roma families on the M50, a very busy motorway near Dublin Airport. For Romanian film maker and Irish citizen, Irina Maldea, the huge media interest in the M50 Story rekindled many emotions. She herself had grown up in Romania with a fear of the Romas which manifested itself in a prejudice which she now felt she had to confront. She felt a moral obligation to meet the M50 Roma families. Her documentary centres on a man called Stoica who came to Ireland with two of his children in a bid to set up a home for his wife, Magdalena, and their other children still in Romania. Hidden from view, they and other families set up a perfectly functioning world. Outside was mud and dirt but the interiors of their makeshift dwellings were clean and tidy. „Planes from the nearby airport roared overhead while the women cooked meals, looked after their children, swept and cleaned and begged from passing motorists. For three months they lived there, men, women and children, until finally the Irish Government could ignore them no longer and deported them. Back in Romania Stoica has more problems than most. The biggest problem being that he is a „gypsy‟. However Stoica is determined to beat the odds and make a better life for himself and his family. How can he succeed? Produced by AkaJava Films 01-6620951 Ag Filleadh ar Gaza 10/10/10 This is a personal and insightful documentary that sheds light on the plight of the people of Gaza as well as the passion and connections of one Galway woman to their cause. In February 2008, social activist and sean-nós singer Treasa Ní Cheannabháin hit the headlines when she was arrested and held on the Egyptian-Gaza border as she undertook a relief mission on behalf of the Galway-Palestinian Children‟s Fund. Undeterred by this dramatic experience and spurred on by the devastation caused by the Israeli offensive Operation Cast Lead, Treasa decided to return once again to Gaza in May 2009. This documentary accompanies Treasa on this treacherous journey as she witnesses the destruction and death, provides comfort to the war-torn people of Gaza and distributes aid collected by her charity. Treasa spends time in the over-populated refugee camps, meets the doctors struggling to operate in the shells of hospitals and ruins of homes that have been bombed. She also discovers the complex network of tunnels that are the last remaining route for supplies into Gaza and has the opportunity to ask some challenging questions of the ruling Hamas leadership. (A shorter version of this documentary won the ICCL Human Rights Film Award in June 2010.) Produced by Luachra Productions. Contact Laura Ní Cheallaigh 086-8449410 email@example.com; Crolly Dolls 17/10/10 The product was once a byword for excellence in Irish toy-making and a mainstay for employment in the emigration-ravaged Donegal Gaeltacht but the Crolly Doll Factory in County Donegal closed its doors for the final time in 1979, dozens lost their jobs. This programme recalls the golden era of the Crolly Dolls and talks to those who worked in the factory. For them it was more than a job as it also guaranteed that they didn‟t have to emigrate. Over thirty years later, they reminisce about the stitching and the moulding of the doll and describe with pride their skills and their memories of their jobs. Produced by Abú Media; Contact Bríd Seoighe 091 505135 Athógáil Sráid Bombay 24/10/10 How a group of Irish speakers rebuilt an entire street in West Belfast in 1969 after it was burned to the ground on the night the Troubles began. On 15th August 1969 as the “Troubles” began, a mob of Loyalists came down the nearby Shankill Road and burned a shoemaker‟s shop on the corner of Bombay Street. The combustible materials inside spread the flames to the houses on that side of the street and soon the entire street was burnt to the ground as residents fled, taking with them whatever belongings they could salvage. At this time, a new radical group of Irish speakers had just completed the building work of a new development of homes, the Shaws Road Gaeltacht, and they now turned their attention to the plight of the burnt-out Bombay Street residents. This documentary examines why and how they set about their extraordinary project. Produced by Tobar Productions Contact Philip 048-90-573000 firstname.lastname@example.org Deimheas 31/10/10 This is shear competition as we follow three north Connemara sheep farmers as they vie to be the best, to recapture their youth and in doing so reveal aspects of a way of life that is under threat and gives an insight into a particular kind of Irishman. Of all the traditional farming skills, sheep-shearing has an allure that only the practitioners can experience. To divest a sheep of its fleece, with care and speed is a skill not everyone can possess and those who do have their own personal tricks of the trade that they will not divulge to even a close neighbour. Away from the farmyard shearers meet in competition and this too produces rivalries as well as friendships. This programme sheds light on this ancient skill, through the eyes and hands of farmers from the Joyce country in the mountains of west Galway. Having sheared sheep since he was 12, Tom Holleran and his neighbour Séamus Joyce both swear they must be getting near retirement. But when it comes to shearing sheep they still have all the skill of a younger man. Patrick Kerrigan is a former All Ireland Sheep Shearing champion, and the three men are known as some of the best shearers in the west. The high point of their summer comes in late May at the Connacht Sheep Shearing Championships. In the unusually sweltering heat at Maam Cross, Tom, Seamus and Patrick are all in competition, with a place in the All-Ireland and the possibility of a place at World Championships at stake. Directed by Trevor Laffey and Produced by Jennifer Davidson for GMarsh TV 087-2281497 Taithí agus Tae 07/11/10 With the help of some expert tea makers, this quirky programme takes an offbeat look at how tea is a constant through some of the most ordinary and momentous times of our lives. It introduces us to a collection of warm characters as they share the tea and we share a moment in their lives. Carmel Ní Bheacháin and Treasa Uí Eanaigh are two strong women who have formed a friendship through adversity. Sadhbh Devlin and her family mark a momentous change in their lives with pots and pots of tea. Michael Dowling is a 10 year old expert tea maker who tells us that tea has been in his family for generations and he hopes to pass it on to generations to come. A Donegal priest, Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh talks about the role of tea at a time of personal stress and loss, as with the wake for his own brother. The film concludes back with Mary Thynne, an 82 year old, and her neighbours at Dunsany‟s céilí as our tea making heroines bestow happiness in a cup to the thirsty revellers. Produced by Hollybrook Films. Neal Boyle 087-2352399 Seit in Ibiza 14/11/10 This programme provides proof that there is a lot more to Ibiza than clubbing and excess as it chronicles a uniquely Irish side to the Spanish island‟s tourism – Fleadh Ibiza. We meet two Connemara men who emigrated to the UK and now indulge their shared passion for set-dancing, raising the dust from floorboards throughout the UK and in the Mediterranean too. John Tom Bán Breathnach and Máirtín Ó Cualáin hail from the same part of Connemara. Their lives diverged for a while but they have spent much of their adult lives in London and are now united through their spouses, two sisters from Roscommon. They all love set dancing and distance is no object, as we see when they head off to Spain for the famed Fleadh Ibiza. Produced by Sónta Teo: Contact - Loretta Ní Ghabháin, 087-9997981 Bua na Fáistine 21/11/10 From fairy forts to faith healers, from piseogs to banshees our celtic mythological genesis still resonates and pulsates through Irish society. While the Catholic Church has firmly established itself as the primary guidance and spiritual influencer on society it‟s influence is waning. The fascination and lure of the mystical is rooted deep in our psyche and every year thousands of people meet with fortune tellers, psychics and mediums in search of certitude and answers in their lives. At a time of upheaval and uncertainty, more and more Irish people, impatient with religion seek instant answers to very important questions from fortune tellers. This programme follows four curious people into this mysterious world. The history and tradition of fortune telling in Ireland is as ingrained into our consciousness as our music and language. But is it accurate? We predict you‟ll be fascinated. Produced by Red Shoe Productions: Maggie Breathnach 01 6699998 Scread Asail 28/11/10 The changing role of one of the most enduring and enigmatic of Irish farm animals – the humble donkey. The postcard of the donkey laboring patiently on the bog is one of the best known images of an Ireland that has all but disappeared. There are an estimated 20,000 donkeys in Ireland today, less than a tenth of the peak population era. But while its traditional use has shifted the donkey still plays a part in everyday life in rural Ireland. We meet Cathal Ó Conghaile, aged 28 who still uses his family‟s donkey to bring sand and seaweed to the farm. We travel to Bundoran where children can still enjoy donkey rides along the strand every weekend during the summer. We meet Freddie Ó Gallchóir from Ranafast in Donegal who recalls hot summers on the bog, loading turf onto a donkey-drawn cart. Produced by Hollybrook Films, Neal Boyle & Mary Brophy 056 7712663- Tacsaí Dubh 05/12/10 One of the most iconic symbols of West Belfast, black taxis have been ferrying the people of the Falls Road and surrounding districts in and out of town for forty years. This documentary traces the origins, obstacles and triumphs of this incredible community endeavour through the eyes of the people directly involved during a time when society had all but ceased to function. It chronicles how and why the service was set up, the obstacles the promoters had to overcome to keep it going including government hostility, loss of insurance cover, trouble on the streets and paramilitary attacks on its members, and finally how the initiative was so successful that it has been replicated elsewhere. The programme reveals the inner world of the West Belfast Black Taxi Association and what makes this service unique in all of Europe, how it works, and how it came to be. Drivers and passengers alike bring the story to life, often with a sense of humour that‟s as black as the cabs themselves. Produced by Tobar Productions 04890-573000 Jesús Modia 12/12/10 The life and legacy of an artistic pioneer, a Spanish born marble mason, sculptor and art-gallery director who settled in Connemara. Jesús Modia came to Ireland in the late 1960s and settled in Cois Fharraige, Connemara. His stone craft and art was unlike anything that was seen before. Irish sculptors mimicked his carving style and achieved critical acclaim. Some say that Jesús would have achieved worldwide acclaim, if only he had taken more care of his health. He was forced to give up carving after he suffered a heart attack in his thirties. The indomitable Spaniard set up an art gallery (the original gallery was in a converted cow shed) which was essential to some of Ireland‟s best known craftspeople and artists, and changed the destiny of the community which hosted him throughout the 1970s and 80s. His legacy endures and this affectionate portrait provides a glimpse of a man who made a difference. Produced by Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín 087-6222058 John Beag Ar Ancaire 19/12/10 An intimate portrait of one of Connemara‟s best known and pioneering troubadours, John Beag Ó Flatharta. From the late 1970s, his voice has defined a new departure for contemporary singing in his native area as sean-nós fused with Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. His unique renditions of songs of emigration, alienation and love, both of person and place captured the mood of a generation who lived through the last major recession and wave of emigration. John Beag rode that wave, in his music and in his personal life as he too set sail for Chicago and a new life abroad. Now, following on the death of his wife, he has returned home to Connemara with his son, to seek to make a new beginning, both personally and musically. This documentary, made by award-winning Sónta team, chronicles his first tentative forays into making a new album that will include, for the first time, some of his own compositions, forged from experiences that have brought both joy and deep sorrow. This is the story of a man, of an artist and of the audience that both supports him and is uplifted by his songs in times of sorrow and strife. Produced by Sónta Teo, Seán Ó Cualáin 095-33943 Foireann Peile Árann The founders of the GAA could not have wished for a more fitting embodiment of their hopes and aspirations than the Aran Islands Gaelic Football team. This Irish-speaking squad of amateur athletes truly love their sport and go to great lengths to play. The players hail from all three Aran Islands and some are now based on the mainland. Because of that they are rarely able to train together as a complete team. Nevertheless, they have been very successful and only narrowly lost promotion to the Intermediate grade in recent years. This programme follows the team‟s fortune in 2010 as it sets out again to win promotion to the next level. This is not only the story of the team but also a community – the community of the three Aran Islands. The team has forged the community into a unit. The management team is composed of three men from the three islands, each full of pride and passion in his own way. The programme illustrates the love of the game as we see players and supporters travelling by road and sea for a twelve hour period to attend a match on the mainland as that is where all championship matches are played. Produced by Odyssey Teo. Cathal Waters 086-8190524 Fíorscéal will continue to throw light on issues which affect us environmentally, socially and politically and globally on Tuesdays from 21st of September at 10.30pm. Among the first documentaries of the new season are: Slum City A „warts and all‟ depiction of the place which inspired the movie Slumdog Millionaire. There is nothing subtle about Dharavi. The sight, smell and sound coming out of Asia's biggest slum are in your face. So are the numbers. The 530-acre land produces 200,000 wallets, handbags and briefcases every year. There are 1,000 garment-making workshops employing 40,000 people and the 1,000 pottery units have an annual turn-over of around USD 4 million. Dharavi is also nothing if not enterprising; entrepreneurship sprouts on the roadside and developing inside tin sheds that can barely hold three grown-ups. Money is made if there is an opportunity to make it and openings are created and expanded. And each section has a guru, an individual who arrived here with dreams in his eyes and then shaped a world out of his dreams. Made in China Imagine buying the works of true masters, like Renoir, Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Matisse and Raphael for just 30 US dollars! Welcome to the most prolific copy artists in China. The Dafen village, in southern China is best described as the oil painting copy capital of the world. It's here where the masterpiece meets the mass market, where the world's greatest and not-so-great paintings are copied. Thousands of artists turn out reproductions of famed European masterpieces and the not so famous for homes and businesses around the world and supply 600 galleries that fill orders from around the world. In this documentary we talk to the copy artists to find out what in the name of art, is going on. Subak Bali has an age old irrigation system which has over the centuries, proven to be near perfect. It is called the "Subak". The underlying philosophy guiding the 'Subak' system is harmony. Mutual agreements govern planting cycles, the division of water resources, the financial contribution of members and the rights and responsibilities of members. In the 1970's the World Bank and the Asian Development attempted to "improve" on the system by introducing the Bali Irrigation Project. Without consulting the locals, they introduced a new water distribution system and pesticides to Bali. The project almost destroyed the Bali farming system. Since then, there has been a concerted effort to revive and fully reinstate the "Subak" system. This documentary demonstrates how it is possible for humans to live in harmony with nature through traditional methods and mutual cooperation. Village H.E.L.P Can the cycle of the poverty be broken? Yes! The Village H.E.L.P. is about Healing the Environment and Liberating the People from years of poverty. In Indonesia, a community turn their farming skills into a village economy to create a self-sustaining business. Witness the challenges faced in establishing their own source of income. See how people on the brink of despair have found hope, with a little HELP. The Homeless Club Along the seafront of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, before reaching the famous Itapua beach, the imposing Club Portugues draws our attention. The former luxury club houses 85 homeless families. It‟s a sport complex with its main building surrounded by swimming pools, tennis courts, a football pitch and other facilities. The condition of the premises is pitiful: boards and canvas spread all over, the grass coming out in between the tiles, the dirty water of the pools, and all you can see has been reused according to its current dwellers‟ needs: 85 families that belong to the Salvador homeless movement (MSTS). Walking around what used to be a luxury club for white people, we become aware of the origin and reasons of that movement and their living-together rules. Anamnocht Faire This documentary takes an in-depth look at the traditions, customs and practices associated with the Irish wake and asks how they came to be and what they symbolise? While the Irish wake is seen less and less in modern Ireland, in many rural areas the practice of watching over the recently deceased is still observed. It remains a mildly ritualistic and comforting part of the grieving process. References to waking and funeral customs can be traced through early Irish scripture and literature and have been the inspiration for songs and poetry. Some ancient customs and beliefs associated with the Irish wake have long disappeared. Many of them can be traced back to pre-Christian times and ancestral worship; others date to the early and more modern Christian period in Ireland where many wake traditions are inextricably linked to the Catholic idea of purgatory. This story is told through the work, thoughts and memories of undertakers, coffin makers and gravediggers. Parish priests, doctors and the elderly will offer their thoughts and memories of wakes they have attended. The practices and customs they identify will be traced back through Irish literature and mythology with academics, poets and writers who understand the history and pre-history of waking the dead. The programme also examines the spiritual significance of the wake in the communities where it is practised and explore what the traditional Irish wake says about our unique relationship with death. Produced by Imagine Media 048 9066 6696 Pól Ó Foighil A major new documentary on the life and legacy of one of the most influential and multi-faceted personalities in the public life of the west of Ireland in the last quarter of the last century. Although a native of Tipperary, he spent almost all of his adult life in Connemara, arriving there first as young teacher in the early 1960s. His boundless energy and drive to improve the lot of the ordinary people soon took him to new projects, particularly in the areas of Summer Irish Colleges and rural co-operatives. He was a doer who also realized that the plain people could use their votes to get change or at least a voice at the decision- making table. He stood for election to Dáil Éireann and although unsuccessful (first as an Independent and later with Fine Gael) he would, in time arrive in Seanad Éireann and gain notoriety for refusing to wear a suit and tie in that august chamber but demanding (and being permitted) to wear a homespun „báinín‟ (a soubriquet he added to his name). He left his mark wherever he went and was that rare combination – a man of vision and action. Contact Mac Dara Ó Curraidhín 091-504858- 087-6222058 Documentary series/ sraith faisnéise 1916 Seachtar na Cásca Wednesdays from 22 nd September at 9.30pm This major new seven part historical documentary series, narrated by Brendan Gleeson and featuring dramatic reconstructions of key scenes, examines the lives of the seven men who were the signatories of the 1916 Easter Proclamation. This is the first major television series on the Rising since the 50 th anniversary, over forty years ago. The seven signatories have become legendary figures in Republican and Nationalist mythology but their personal stories and the factual basis of their lives are often masked or lost in the hagiography. The Proclamation, is, of course, one of the best-known and most often-quoted summary of republican and nationalist aspirations and ambitions. But who were these seven men who drafted and signed it and in doing so effectively signed their own death-warrants. Thomas J. Clarke, Sean Mac Diarmada, James Connolly, P H Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Plunkett are the names but this series goes in search of the men, their backgrounds and their families. Each man had his own story and they were a much more diverse group than is generally realized. One was crippled by polio at the advanced age of 28. Another was an accountant and a gifted piper who had played for Pope Pius X in Rome in 1908. One of them had spent eight years studying for the priesthood while another was a Scotsman by birth. One signatory had spent 15 long years in a British jail before 1900, convicted of Republican crimes and yet another signatory was the son of a wealthy Dublin landlord. The most famous was an educational theorist, a loner with a gift for oratory who was also an acclaimed poet and short story writer. This important series chronicles the story of each man and probes the individual circumstances and chain of events in each man‟s life that led him to the GPO on Easter Monday 1916, the defining moment in 20th century Irish history. Produced for TG4 by Abú Media (Pierce Boyce, contact 091, 505135, and directed by Dathaí Keane, the script was written by Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh and music is by Ronan Browne. This project received funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland‟s Sound and Vision scheme as well as from the Section 481 support schemes. Produced by Abú Media Contact Pierce Boyce- 091 505100 1916 Seachtar na Cásca - Series sequence and summary biographies Episode 1 – Tom Clarke 22/09/10 9.30pm A tobacconist and old Fenian, he is considered to have been the brains and driving force behind the 1916 Easter Rising. Clarke, born on the Isle of Wight to a family whose father served in the British Army, grew up to be a prominent Fenian, was jailed for 15 years for his part in a failed bombing campaign in England and put together the Military Council that was to plan the Easter Rising. As the perceived father of the project, he was the first to sign the Procamation. He was exectued by firing squad on May 4th 1916. Episode 2 – James Connolly 29/09/10 9.30pm He was born to Irish parents in the slums of Edinburgh and joined the British Army by lying about his age when he was just 15. Posted to Ireland, he saw first hand the extreme poverty in Dublin and it wasn‟t long before he left the British Army with very mixed emotions about what the British Empire was doing to it‟s people. A lifelong committed Socialist, Connolly was a tireless advocate for the working class poor and founded the Irish Citizen Army who fought alongside the Irish Volunteers of Pearse in the Rising. Badly wounded during the Rising, Connolly was courtmartialled and sentenced to death. He was taken form his hospital bed on May and executed in Kilmainham Jail while strapped to his chair as he couldn‟t stand due to his injuries. Episode 3 – Joseph Plunkett 06/10/10 9.30pm Joe Plunkett (always Joe never Joseph Mary), was born in Dublin in 1887 to a very well to do family. His father was a Count of the Vatican and the family owned many prestigious properties around Dublin. Plagued by ill-health all his life, he spent may years in his sick bed or travelled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa seeking a cure or respite from his illnesses. Plunkett was a poet and published a few volumes of poetry including his best known poem The Blood Upon The Rose. He became involved in the Irish Volunteers form 1913 and was a member of the Military Council that planned the Easter Rising. Plunkett had to get out of his sick bed to go to the GPO on that fateful Easter Monday and directed communications and propaganda from the GPO. He was sentenced to death and executed on May 4th but not before he was allowed to marry his fiancee Grace Gifford in Kilmainham Jail‟s small chapel a few hours before his execution. Episode 4 – Thomas MacDonagh 13/10/10 9.30pm Thomas MacDonagh was born in 1878 in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary. He went to Rockwell College in 1892 to study for the priesthood but left in 1901 abandoning his vocation. A playright, poet and university lecturer MacDonagh commanded the Volunteer forces in Jacob‟s Biscuit Factory during the Rising. MacDonagh was executed on May 3 rd 1916 leaving behind a wife and 2 children – Donagh and Barbara. Episode 5 – Seán Mac Diarmada 20/10/10 9.30pm He was born in Kiltyclogher, County Leitrim in 1883 and became involved in republican politics at an early age joining Sinn Féin and going on to become one of the national organisers of the political party. On moving to Dublin he was introduced to Tom Clarke and they became lifelong friends. Both men were IRB members and between them they controlled the Military Council that planned the Easter Rising. Although struck down with polio and having to walk with the aid of a stick he took a full part in the planning and fighting during Easter Week. Mac Diarmada was executed by firing squad on May12th, aged just 33. Episode 6 – Éamonn Ceannt 27/10/10 9.30pm He was born Edward Thomas Kent in Ballymoe County Galway in 1881. His father was a policeman, a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary. On his retirement, he moved the whole family to Dublin where young Edward grew up. It was here that young Edward became interested in Irish nationalism. He joined the Gaelic League, changed his name to Éamonn Ceannt and became a master Uileann Piper, playing the pipes for Pope Pius X in Rome in 1908. An accountant by profession, Ceannt commanded the Volunteers at the South Dublin Union where the fiercest fighting of the Rising took place. He was reluctant to surrender when the command was received from the Volunteers HQ in the GPO. He was executed by firing squad on 8th May aged 34, leaving behind a wife and young son Ronan Episode 7 – Patrick Pearse 03/11/10 9pm Patrick Henry Pearse was born in Dublin in 1879. He was a poet, author, teacher, and barrister. For subsequent generations, he was the embodiment of the Easter 1916 Rising. He was the one who read the Proclamation on the steps of the GPO on Easter Monday April 24th 1916 and was President of the Provisional Government it sought to establish. Pearse was a strong advocate for an independent Ireland from a young age. He joined the Gaelic League in 1893, became editor of it‟s newspaper An Claidheamh Soluis in 1903 and founded his Irish language school, St. Enda‟s, in 1908. In 1913 he hepled found the Irish Volunteers, was sworn into the IRB and co-opted by Tom Clarke into the secretive Military Council who planned the Easter Rising. Pearse was the first of the leaders to be executed by firing squad on May 3rd 1916. He was 36 years old. Triúr Ban Óg Wednesdays from November 03rd at 8.30pm An observational four-part documentary series about three girls living in Ireland today and their lives now and their hopes for the future. Krystal lives in Gaoth Dobhair and has learned Irish since she arrived with her foster-family three years ago. She is becoming a Gaeltacht girl more and more every day. Róise is a Belfast girl who lives for her music and singing and eagerly awaits the Oireachtas where she will be competing for the first time this year. Niamh is from Derry and feels rooted and steeped in that city‟s history through her politically-minded family. She is studying to become an Irish teacher so that she can pass on her love of the language to a younger generation. With experienced filmmaker Malin Andersson, who made the widely acclaimed Belfast Girls, we will follow these three young women over the course of summer, autumn and winter of 2009 through the pressures and disappointments, through good times and the not so good times. The series explores various themes including, identity, relationships, self awareness, sexuality as well as various political questions. The series received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language Broadcast Fund. Produced by Solas Productions. Cormac 00447756206106 Muide Éire A major four-part documentary that chronicles the history of Ireland on screen – from the horse drawn carriages the Lumiere Brothers filmed on Dublin‟s Sackville (now O‟Connell) Street in the 1890‟s, right up to the pyrotechnics of present day blockbusters. The series examines how we represent ourselves and how others represent the Irish on screen. Exclusive interviews with filmmakers, actors and cinema theorists form the backbone of the series as it probes the artistic intentions, motivations and ambitions that drive Irish filmmakers. Film clips and archive footage illustrate the analysis as the series unveils Ireland on screen as a kaleidoscope of disparate identities. Funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council & Bord Scannán na hÉireann/ Irish Film Board. Produced by Odessey Films/Underground Productions, 086-3587979 Plandáil Uladh A major four-part landmark series to mark the 400th anniversary of one of the key events in the shaping of modern Ireland. Just three years after The Flight of the Earls in 1607 came the biggest land grab in European history for centuries - the Plantation of Ulster. It was the scale of the plantation that almost led initially to its failure and, controversially, it was with the help of the local Irish that the project took root although this fact runs contrary to the received wisdom on both the nationalist or unionist sides in Northern Ireland today. Each community has its own mythology surrounding the plantation and this series delves behind the chants and the simplistic slogans. Four hundred years on, Neil Martin goes in search of the truth behind the Plantation. He starts just above his home in North Belfast on the Cavehill Mountain, on whose summit Wolfe Tone swore to drive the British from Ireland. The men gathered with Tone at McArt‟s Fort were direct descendants of the original planters of Ulster, paradoxically a people sworn to the defence of British interests in Ireland. It is this paradox that Neil will unpick as he journeys back to 1605 to begin an exploration of the life and times of his own ancestors because there‟s Presbyterianism in his family line. His journey will take him from the Scottish lowlands to Dublin and onward to London and back to the old province of Ulster to unravel the true story of the Plantation in Ulster from the point of view of the Presbyterians or Dissenters as they were known. This series received support from the Northern Ireland Irish Language Broadcast Fund, TG4 and BBC NI. Produced by Imagine Media 048 9066 6696 Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa? Thursdays at 8pm from 11th of November The extraordinary stories of our houses and who lived in them before us. Who was murdered in our basement, who made love in the back bedroom and who hid under the stairs during the Civil War? How many children were born here and who did they become? The reason most people like historic buildings isn't just because of their architecture, which can be replicated but knowing that others preceded us, and that previous lives were lived in our homes. This series, presented by Manchán Magan sets out to unlock the real stories hidden in our walls. With the help of the experts, he will examine the existing architectural evidence of our houses, speak to neighbours, family members, local historians, and delve into the various archives to discover the colourful characters of the past who kept their front door key under the mat of the same front step over a century ago. The six house stories will cover more than 200 years of Irish history to reveal unsung heros of 1916, childhood connections between Oscar Wilde and the infamous Edward Carson, the illustrious world of the Dublin tallow chandlers in the 1790‟s. He will discover great works of art and music that have been inspired by and created within the walls of our houses. He will meet The Waterboys whose break-through album was recorded in Spiddal House in the first programme, which had previously seen Hollywood stars and other colourful characters pass through its doors. Paddy Moloney from The Chieftains tells him of the inspirational relationship his band has with Garech a Brún‟s house – Luggala in the Wicklow Mountains in the second programme. In the third programme he visits the stunning Georgian terraced home of one of Dublin's favourite personalities - Senator David Norris. Programme four sees Manchán visit Gleann Aoibheann house in Clifden. He discovers the fascinating story of John D'Arcy the man who founded Clifden. In the final two episodes he visits Finucane‟s Public House and Caisleán Eilean. Produced by Tile Films, with support from the BAI‟s Sound & Vision Fund and Section 481. Contact: Ruán Magan Taisce na Tuaithe For the second series of his wanderings along the back roads of Ireland in search of hidden treasure – stories, characters and places that are all just a little off the beaten track, Pilib Mac Cathmhaoil has replaced the trusty (and rusty!) “little green van” with a more modern 4 x 4 vehicle that takes him even deeper into the highways and byways – and islands - territories he explores. In Fermanagh he visits the world-famous Marble Arch Caves, the most haunted house in Ireland, and the more famous still, Belleek Pottery. In Louth, he discovers a county of saints and smugglers, stopping up at the local farmer‟s market to stock up on some fudge for the journey. On the Donegal island of Arranmore he returns to the area he first learnt Irish 30 years ago, to see if the characters he remembers are still there. He will also visit Derry (the new European City of Culture) which will bring viewers inside the walled city to learn a bit about that city‟s proud cultural legacy as well as its colourful naval past. He will travel to Monaghan on the trail of famed writer and poet Patrick Kavanagh and he will visit the location where two of Oscar Wilde‟s sisters perished in a fire. At Lough Neagh Pilib takes to the water on a traditional currach before going in search of old Second World War airfields and bunkers dotted round the lake shore. The series received funding from the Irish Language Broadcast Fund. Co-produced by Tobar Productions and Independent Pictures. Contact Damian McCann 0044 7739 864562 or email email@example.com Marú A new six-episode season for the popular real crime series starring Tony Devlin as he reports on true crime stories from Ireland of the last 50 years, retold in dramatic reconstruction. Each programme considers a major crime – one of Passion or a land disputes that fostered jealousies and which have resulted in murder. Crimes are closely reconstructed from official sources and where possible retired investigating officers assist in checking the facts. The first case we explore is the murder of Jenny Murphy (an elderly shopkeeper) by Francis Murtagh in Dublin in 1964. Murtagh, a known petty criminal, killed Jenny and seriously injured her sister Joan in a robbery at their little shop at Ballybough. He was sentenced to hard labour for life and released in 1986. Produced by Stirling TV Anne Stirling - 04890333848 Idir Mná A six-part docudrama investigating some of the most serious and ruthless crimes involving women in Ireland. The series combines powerful dramatic reconstructions of true-life stories with expert contributor analysis of the social issues that acted as a factor in the lives of these women. The programme provides a platform for discussion on issues such as binge drinking, financial pressures, stalking, bullying and gambling. Episode 1 –Tuesday, October 5th 2010 10pm This programme examines the case of schoolteacher, Gráinne Barry who was stalked and harassed by her former boyfriend, Seamus Quirke over a four-year period between 2005 and 2008. Episode 2 – Tuesday, October 12th 2010 10pm The case of Norma Cotter who shot her husband after a drunken row at their Midleton home in Co. Cork in January 1995 Episode 3 –Tuesday, October 19th 2010 10pm The case of Mary Agnes Daly who attacked and killed an elderly woman with a hammer at the Church of the Seven Dolours, Glasnevin, Dublin in August 1948. Episode 4 –Tuesday, October 26th 2010 10pm The case of Susan Christie who stabbed her lover‟s wife, Penelope McAllister to death in Drumkeeragh Forest, Co. Down in March 1991. Episode 5 – Tuesday, November 2nd 2010 10pm A revealing insight into a rarely highlighted side of female crime as we hear the story of „Síle‟, a middle-aged woman who gambled compulsively for seven years and resorted to stealing to feed her addiction, but is now on the road to recovery. Episode 6 – Tuesday, November 9th 2010 10pm The case of Hannah Flynn who was convicted of the ruthless murder of a farmer‟s wife, Margaret O‟Sullivan near Killorglin, Co. Kerry in April 1923. Produced by Midas Productions. Contact Mike Keane 01-6611384 Amharc Aneas Wednesdays from 22 September 11.10pm An exciting and informative four part archive series the illustrates the Northern Ireland of the 1950s and 1960s as seen through the unique footage contained in the contemporary popular newsreel Amharc Éireann produced by Gael Linn. While the newsreel was screened in cinemas in the South, this wonderful archive has never been seen in the North. In contains a wealth of material on both the major public and more private aspects of life in Northern Ireland almost fifty years ago. From the 12th of July Parades to Ireland‟s first motorway, from the Balmoral Show to the triumphant Down football team of the early sixties, there many fascinating stories will be revealed and enjoyed. The series is narrated by Karen Kirby. Produced by Omas Media 0044-7786198892 Coiscéimeanna A six-part documentary series which follows in the footprints of some of Ireland‟s most celebrated heroes and martyrs. Through an historical and cultural journey across the landscape, Harry McGee, political journalist with The Irish Times and avid walker, takes viewers back in time to a country often on its knees. Crossing mountains and rivers, bypassing castles and battle sites and meeting local characters, he experiences Ireland‟s unspoilt natural beauty and uncovers stories of desperation, hope and triumph. There is something moving about walking the archive of the landscape. The source most of us have for our knowledge of the past is through books and manuscripts however in this series we will take an innovative modern approach to exploring the historical and cultural heritage of Ireland which is actually an ancient Irish way of telling history. The viewer will be brought on a journey to walk in the footprints of the heroes and historical events in our history across the landscapes they walked. These include, walks in Connemara, Kildare, The Dingle Way, The Bluestacks, North Mayo and West Cork. Produced by Midas Productions – Bláithín Ní Chatháin 087 6816073 Na Bóithre Iarainn A series of stories about the golden era of the Irish railway system and the branch lines that brought the Iron Horse to the most far-flung corners of the island. The arrival of the railway changed many aspects of rural life in Ireland – imposing a notion of time and punctuality that was up to then not necessary. They also made newspapers easy to distribute and also facilitiated tourism. This series revisits some of those branch lines, to rekindle the memories and assess the legacy. Branch lines included are: The West Clare Railway, the Waterford- Dungarvan/Lismore line, The Lartigue Monorailway from Listowel to Ballybunion, the Marconi Express, the Galway-Clifden Line and the Dingle Railway. Produced by Nemeton. Contact Geraldine Heffernan 058-46499 Entertainment / Siamsaíocht Hector i gCeanada Thursdays from 28th October 9.30pm The good people of the Maple country will be wondering how their beautiful, unspoilt and sophisticated country managed to survive without having received the Hector treatment – but all that is about to change. The red-haired whirlwind is on his travels again. The Mounties may not get their man this time as one of Ireland‟s best loved personalities travels across eight of Canada‟s vast and proud provinces. He starts in the icy winds of British Columbia‟s most northern territories, near the Alaskan border, before ending almost 8,000 kilometers away in Nova Scotia. This is travel on a continental scale with landscape, wildlife, sport, celebrity, entertainment, hidden worlds, locals, experts, enthusiasts and more with their play in Hector‟s most stunning adventure to date. While in Southern Ontario Hector met up with the Amish. As Hector was walking with one of the Elders he noticed a wire going from the house to an outhouse and proclaimed that I thought ye didn‟t use electricity. To which the answer came “Oh that‟s the washing line siree” He meets the Fighting Girls wrestlers in Quebec and clad in his own leotard he takes the Black Cougar on only to be caught in a pretty serious leg lock and pinned to the ground …. And he just can‟t escape! Produced by Goodcompany Productions: Contact Evan Chamberlain 086-8338628 Dáithí ar Route 1 Over the past four years Dáithí Ó Sé has travelled the highways and back roads of America. This series will see him back on the road again. This time he hits Route 1, America‟s Main Street. Starting at the border of Canada and ending in sight of Cuba, this 2,500 mile road hugs the Eastern Coast of America whilst travelling through some of its major and most iconic cities. This is the Route that passes through 14 States and travels from the snowy Appalachian forests of Maine to the sandy beaches of Key West. Along the way it ploughs through Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and Miami. It‟s America‟s most colourful highway. It zig-zags along the wild and beautiful Maine coast and soars over the Atlantic Ocean as the Overseas Highway, one of the most spectacular stretches of road anywhere. The roads‟ 2,500 miles are strewn with history and oddities and Dáithí will visit them all. This series will be Dáithí doing what he does best. Discovering all and who America has to offer in his own inimitable fashion. Throughout this 10 part series, Dáithí goes on patrol with US border guards on the US-Canadian border, he visits Stephen King‟s home in Bangor, Maine, he sings in Times Square with the Naked Cowboy, visits the home towns of Bruce Springsteen and Frank Sinatra, enters a Hot Dog eating contest in Atlantic City, drives a NASCAR in South Carolina, learns how to shake his Pom Poms with the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders and meets one of his childhood heroes, Burt Reynolds. If Route 66 is America‟s Mother Road, then Route 1 is the Other Mother. Contact; Brian Reddin, Dearg Films 087-2744802 Ceist GAA le Hector Sundays 8pm from 12th September TG4‟s first ever sports quiz, presented by Hector Ó hEochagáin in which 16 of the country‟s largest GAA Clubs battle to see which is the most knowledgeable on GAA matters. Some of the rounds include "Do chlub," "Picture Board," “Best Commentator” and “Ceist na Seachtaine” with Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. First transmission scheduled for Sunday 12th September @ 8pm and to run until Christmas. The goal and the ultimate prize for the winning team is that 30 members of the winning teams club will win an amazing 1-week pre season high performance training camp at the Amendoeira Sports Resort in the Algarve. This series is produced by Sónta and sponsored by Ladbrokes.com Contact Seán Ó Cualáin 095-33943 An Jig Gig Sundays at 7.15pm from 26th of September With its inaugural season last year, this series burst onto our screens with dancers of all ages, disciplines and codes, battling it out to become Ireland‟s best traditional dance act. In a nail-biting final last December, Irish Beats finally emerged victorious. Now it‟s time to begin the search for An Jig Gig Champion 2010. Hosted by Róisín Ní Thomáin, the show will again see hundreds of acts, from all different styles of Irish dance, and all age groups, take to the stage. This is the only competition of its kind, where Irish dancers of any organisation, age, style, or standard can compete head to head. Whether it‟s a solo step dancer, or 16 set dancers, young or old, anyone who can Irish dance is eligible. The acts are assessed by three judges, Breandán de Gallaí, former lead dancer with Riverdance, Dearbhla Lennon, also a former lead dancer of Riverdance and Labhrás Sonaí Choilm Learraí, a champion sean-nós dancer. With all the incredible traditional dance talent in Ireland, no one can know for sure who will emerge victorious. Produced by Adare Productions. Brian Graham- 01-2843877 Stróc Tuesdays from 16th November at 10pm A new five-part list series, presented by political journalist Harry McGee that recalls and charts some of the more audacious achievements („strokes‟) perpetrated in this country in recent history. The series culminates in a one- hour special in which viewers will get the chance to make their own selection of the top 10 strokes. The choice is wide and varied – great betting coups, outrageous but perfectly legal tax based business deals; any number of political strokes; great salesmanship that muddies the waters between truth and, well, marketing; orchestrated campaigns to fool the public or even the media … the choice is large and varied and our selection is only the tip of the iceberg, probably. Some of the „strokes‟ that we‟ll be looking at include the Swine Flu pandemic that never was, Reds in the marital bed- when the Labour Party proposed polygamy, the AIB bank bale out and Joe Jacob and the great Irish Nuclear fall out. Produced by Independent Pictures.Contact- Conor Moloney 01 7088100 firstname.lastname@example.org Ó Tholg go Tolg Couch Surfing is the latest craze for hardened travellers. It is a simple concept: travellers ask hosts across the world if they can stay in their home for a couple of days – for free – and to participate in their lives. Surfers can then return the favour if they wish to do so. This thirteen-part series is a unique TV format in which two Irish girls, presenter Áine Goggins and her intrepid camerawoman Maeve Hackett couch surf their way across Europe, relying only on the hospitality of dozens of hosts who can be found on well-organised online services. Proponents claim that this form of travel is the last authentic travel experience, one that creates a better world by bringing people together and creating intercultural understanding. With over 350,000 couches scattered around Europe, there are no limits to where Áine and Maeve can travel. They‟ll discover new places, customs and traditions, not from some glossy travel magazine or a tedious tour guide but from Couch Surfing hosts ánd their friends. Áine Goggins is a wizard with a hurley and sliotar and a talented sean-nós singer! Maeve Hackett has another quintessential Irish skill - „the gift of the gab‟, an outspoken social conscience and an astonishing talent for finding (or starting) a party. Look out Europe, the invasion has begun! Produced by Red Pepper Productions. Contact- Martin Danneels 01 670 7277 Feirm Factor Filmed on location in the various Agricultural Colleges nationwide and also on their own Farms, the Farmers will compete to achieve the highest standards and winning margins possible in all tasks in the third series of Feirm Factor. The Judges will ultimately decide who will be our overall Champion. The Farmers will be judged on various criteria from Technical Skills, to Business Flair, to Strength and Ability as they complete various Farm-related tasks, and „wider-world challenges‟. At all times in this series we will use credible farming tasks which show respect to the Business of Farming, but we will be sure to find characters that will be appealing and memorable to the viewing public. Our 2 Main Judges will be the same as last year: Alan Dukes & Seán Ó Lionáird who both have strong credentials in the world of farming, and each week we will have a 'Guest Judge' who will be a household name in the farming community, who will present our Farmers with a task related to the wider-world. Added to this mix, will be our presenter, Maura Derrane who will act as part of the Judging Panel. This format has been acquired for production on S4C in Wales. Produced by Goodcompany Productions; Contact; Evan Chamberlain 086-8338628 Survivor Samoa Tuesdays at 9.05pm from 14th September The rules of this game are simple: average Americans are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth. Divided into teams, they participate in challenges and every three days, the losing tribe must trek to Tribal Council to vote out one of their own. Halfway through the game, the challenges shift to individual competitions when the tribes merge and become one. Now the game is every contestant for themselves. The game is simple: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast, by winning immunity, thus not being eligible to have votes cast against you. However, the players must be careful about who they send packing - because after the merge, a jury of previously voted out contestants begins to form, and each week they return to watch the Tribal Council ceremony. At the end of the game, they vote for one of the members in the finals to win one million dollars and become the next Survivor! Generally, each season begins with a twist - something different to surprise the new castaways. Survivor is a game of adaptation, and the final two or three of players of each season are the most able to adapt to their surroundings and to the people they are playing with. Survivor focuses on the people, and the social commentary that surrounds them. The game revolves around how these players can Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast Ar Bhóithrín na Smaointe Friday from 05th of November 8.30pm A new season in which we explore those towns and villages that marked our journeys along major routes but which are now by-passed or about to be by-passed. In the new series, sean-nós singer Cárthach Mac Craith sets off on a journey down memory lane, in a vintage Ford Anglia car from his native area of An Rinn, in the west Waterford Gaeltacht to Dublin. This is a route he has travelled many times before whether heading to Croke Park for hurling matches, or when he started off on a tour with traditional music group Danú. Those journeys were about getting through the towns along the way as quickly as possible. This time he has time to stop and learn and meet the locals to find out about the town‟s history, personality and culture. Cárthach visits towns that the most of the rest of us fly past - Dungarvan, Waterford City, Carrick on Suir, Kilkenny, Carlow and Naas. Produced by Independent Pictures. Contact Liam 086-8141442 email@example.com Lifestyle/ Saolchlár Meon na mBan Wednesdays 8.30pm from 22nd September A new season for this 6 part series provides a rare and truthful insight into the often complicated life of today‟s Irishwoman. It hears from prominent Irish women to out what they really think about the big issues such as Money, Childbirth, Holiday Romances, Religion, Diets, Exercise, Secrets and Lies. In a series of candid interviews we hear from a host of Irish celebrities who reveal all - their innermost desires, fears, opinions and dreams. TV favourites Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Anna Nolan, Róisín Ní Thomáin, Sinéad Desmond, Evelyn O‟Rourke, Amanda Brunker, Bláthnaid Ní Dhonnchadha and Dearbhla Lennon are just some of the women who lay bare their thoughts and compelling opinions. And not forgetting the men, we hear from TV presenter Dáithí Ó Sé, showbiz editor Paul Martin and GAA analyst Conall Ó Máirtín too to see what the men think or if the two genders really are from different planets. Intercut with these frank and revealing interviews are real-life stories of women whose experiences relate directly to the themes under discussion. We find out how Donegal girl Helena lost half her body weight in 18 months and how one woman overcame her heroin addiction. We also hear how musician and artist Deirdre Ní Bhraonáin discovered the spiritual leader Amma, known to millions as the „hugging guru‟, and how one girl‟s holiday romance developed into something much more serious. This series received funding from the Northern Ireland Irish Language Broadcast Fund. Produced by Waddell Media- 028 9042 764 firstname.lastname@example.org Do Thinteán Féin Thursday 8pm from 30th September A guide to making the most of the only home you may ever own. Presenter Eimear Nic an Bháird, former editor of House and Home Ireland has made a wealth of contacts in her career as well as establishing her own style of dress and décor. She has purchased her first home in Dublin - a 2 bedroom mid terrace old townhouse in Dublin 8. The house is not in good shape and needs a complete overhaul. Skint and weary after the sale, she is up against it to turn the withered townhouse into her dream home with a budget of €20,000. It seems big budget but Eimear has to replace all the windows, doors, kitchen, bathroom, re-wire, re-plaster, install new floors, and kit out the entire interior. She is a salvage yard junkie and loves to bargain for old furniture pieces. She has set herself the challenge of transforming this shell of a house, using the best of Irish craftsmen and a little help from her friends from the interior design world! Each week Eimear tackles a different area of the house and visits some of Ireland‟s nicest homes and hotels for a little inspiration along the way. She visits Bellinter House, The G Hotel, Lisloughrey House Hotel, The Botanic Gardens and many more looking for inspiration, all the time adding personality and charm to her home. This series received funding from the Northern Ireland Irish Language Broadcast Fund. Produced by Stirling Film & Tv 048 9033 3848 Drama / Drámaíocht Ros na Rún (8.30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 21 omnibus edition on Sundays at 10.30pm) TG4‟s soap returns its fifteenth series on TG4. The new season kicks off with a gripping conclusion to the murder trial as siblings Donncha, Ríona and Róise De Búrca face the prospect of extended prison sentences for killing the violent crook O‟Dowd unless they can prove their innocence at the end of the court proceedings. Elsewhere, the soap‟s fans will finally discover who emerged triumphant in the dramatic showdown between Tina and Daniel. Has Tina found a way to extract her revenge on Daniel after months of abuse, forced sex and blackmail or will Daniel win this round? Will Daniel expose Tina as the real culprit behind O‟Dowd‟s bloody demise or will she frame Daniel for the death of his old rival? There‟s also plenty more action in store for Season 15 as popular character Mack comes to terms with life as a single dad, couple Mo and Caomhán face fresh challenges when it comes to balancing work and their relationship, while two new arrivals stir up lots of trouble in the village. Produced by Tyrone Production & Eo Teilifís: Contact – Breda Brown 01- 5225200 Corp is Anam Society is unraveling, crime‟s soaring, justice ain‟t even seen to be done anymore… but TV crime reporter Cathal Mac Iarnáin is too busy reporting on the carnage that‟s „out there‟ to notice it‟s coming closer to home every day…. This is a hard hitting drama series (4 x 1 hour episodes) in which reporter Cathal Mac Iarnáin, (award-winning actor Diarmuid de Faoite) is investigating the corrupt society that we live in. His professional and personal lives intertwine as he reports on murder and corruption. In the end he has a decision to make that affects a member of his own family in the most fundamental way. Maria Doyle Kennedy also stars in this compelling new drama series written and directed by Darach Mac Con Iomaire, produced by Paddy Hayes, shot on the Red camera by Ruairí O‟Brien and edited by Conall de Cléir. The series was produced with funding from TG4, the BAI, Section 481 and Bord Scannán na hÉireann. Produced by Magamedia Teo. Contact Paddy Hayes 087-2896718 Údar A contemporary six part television drama inspired by six short stories Irish language literature. The stories chosen explore primary themes such as identity, love and consequence that underpin the fundamental struggle of human survival. Each episode in the series adapts to screen a visual and compelling script while celebrating emerging Irish writing talent. The project sought expressions of interest from new writers who were asked to arrange/transpose a well known literary work for the medium of television. The shortlisted works were then work-shopped with emerging directing talent to see which of the new treatments best worked for the screen. The resulting six best works were then produced for transmission. Each half hour episode promises captivating viewing, with a dramatic backdrop of West coast Ireland locations and the exciting prospect of new writing. These stories include Íosagán by Pádraig Mac Piarais, An Seabhac by Liam Ó Flaithearta, An tÁdh by Pádraig Ó Conaire, 700 Uaireadóir by Micheál Ó Conghaile, Malartú Intinne by Micheál Ó Siadhail and An Buile by Liam Ó Flaithearta. Produced by EO Teilifís. Contact Christine Ní Choncubhair 091-558400 email@example.com Na Cloigne A feature-length version of last year‟s acclaimed TG4 drama series, a dark supernatural thriller that tells the story of a young couple whose contacts with violent supernatural forces over an intense three day period that leads directly to the horrific murder of two young women and to everlasting consequences for the couple themselves. Starring Darach Ó Dubháin, Siobhan O‟Kelly, Joe Steve Ó Neachtain and Darrach Ó Tuairisg. To be broadcast Halloween week 2010. Produced by Rosg – Contact Ciarán Ó Cofaigh 091553951 True Blood 10pm Thursdays from 9th September Season II of HBO drama, True Blood continues to build on this engaging cast of supernatural misfits. In these 12 episodes, Sookie Stackhouse and Bill Compton‟s relationship is tested, Jason Stackhouse is on a religious journey; Sam explores the roots of being a shapeshifter: Sookie meets another telepath and the arrival of Maryann, a powerful maenad who makes Tara‟s life a living hell…. Starts 09th September at 10pm. Season III to follow later in 2011. Two & Half Men: Thursdays at 9pm The No 1 American Comedy Show – see the latest Season first on TG4. Starring Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer, this is a comedy about men, women, sex, dating, divorce, mothers, single parenthood, sibling relations, surrogate families, money and love! TEEN / YOUNG ADULT DRAMA Gossip Girl: Monday 7:30pm High society and low blows are back with Season III of Gossip Girl – a one hour drama about the scandalous lives of Manhattan‟s elite. High Fashion and high drama. The Vampire Diaries: Wednesday 7:30pm Based on best selling books, the Vampire Diaries follows the story of two vampire brother who are both in love with the same girl and are battling to control the fate of the entire town? Never underestimate the power of love or the strength of a Vampire. Currently showing season 1, season 2 to follow. TG4 - DAYTIME TG4‟s Daytime schedule brings us on a nostalgic journey with some a selection of some of long forgotten series from the 60‟s and 80‟s. This Autumn will see the return of Bonanza and The Golden Girls. The Golden Girls Monday –Friday at 10am & 2pm The Golden Girls is the story of four single middle-aged women who share a house in Miami Beach, Florida: Dorothy, a divorced school teacher, played by Bea Arthur, Southern Belle Blanche , played by Rue McClanahan, sweet Rose, played by Betty White and Dorothy‟s outspoken mother Sophia, played by Estelle Getty. Bonanza Monday- Friday at 1pm from 21 September One of the longest running and most popular of all television westerns, this is a classic drama about the High- Sierra adventures of the Cartwright clan. Nestled amongst the pines above the shores of Lake Tahoe is the Ponderosa ranch, the thousand-acre home of Ben Cartwrignt and his sons, Adam, Hoss and Joe (aka "Little Joe.") Survivor Samoa starts 14th September The rules of this game are simple: average Americans are abandoned in the middle of some of the most unforgiving places on earth. Divided into teams, they participate in challenges and every three days, the losing tribe must trek to Tribal Council to vote out one of their own. Halfway through the game, the challenges shift to individual competitions when the tribes merge and become one. Now the game is every contestant for themselves. The game is simple: Outwit, Outplay, Outlast, by winning immunity, thus not being eligible to have votes cast against yourself. However, the players must be careful about who they send packing - because after the merge, a jury of previously voted out contestants begins to form, and each week they return to watch the Tribal Council ceremony. At the end of the game, they vote for one of the members in the finals to win one million dollars and become the next Survivor! The nineteenth season of Survivor comes to you from the wild and beautiful island of Samoa, in the south Pacific . The two tribes, Galu and Foa Foa; 20 people, 39 days; one survivor! Arts /Ealaíon Imeall Thursdays 10pm from 23 September The title of this weekly arts programme translates as "edge" and that's where it positions itself, at the cutting edge of all that is happening, culturally and artistically in Ireland. The world of the arts is constantly shifting, generating new styles, trends and perspectives and in trying to capture this Imeall will present a dynamic and diverse team of artists, engaging with their peers at rehearsals, at workshops, galleries, performance spaces, theatres and concert venues. Presenter Cormac de Barra (one of Ireland‟s most talented harpists) presents a lively discussion on some topical aspect of the arts and each programme also contains location reports presented by practicing artists, singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, artist Fergal McCarthy, fellow artist, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, dancer Fearghus Ó Conchúir and artist Ceara Conway . Each programme also features at least one musical item, showcasing the work of emerging young talent as well as more established performers. Produced by Red Shoe Productions contact Maggie Breathnach 0863894142 Music /Ceol Glór Tíre 10.30pm Wednesdays from 15th September A new season (the 7th) for Ireland‟s only tv talent quest for country and western talent. The series, presented by Dáithí Ó Sé showcases some of the many young hopefuls in country singing in Ireland with advice and mentoring from some of the best known-names in the business. Contestants are paired with and put forward by country stalwarts Susan McCann, Brendan Shine, Mike Denver, Dee Reilly, Kiernan McGilligan, Jimmy Buckley, Tony Stevens, Stephen Smyth and The Indians. Contestants get the best advice from their mentors but they must perform and get the reactions from studio judges, John Creedon, Shay Healy and Caitríona Ní Shúilleabháin. Produced by Gaelmedia. Contact 091-592888 firstname.lastname@example.org Geantraí 10pm Sundays from 26th September The traditional music series that has been a part of the TG4 schedule since the station‟s inception returns for a 15th season that will continue to please traditional music followers everywhere. The premise is very simple – gather the best players, dancers and singers into a local pub known for its lively sessions, invite a small discerning audience, have one of the local presenters introduce the music and away we go. Sessions in the new series will be hosted by well known musicians and singers including, Brian Morrissey, Co. Tipperary, Máire Ní Ghráda, Co. Clare, Máire Breatnach, Dublin, John Spillane, Cork, Conor Byrne, Dublin, Tara Connaghan, Co. Carlow, Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé, Co. Kerry, Michael Rooney, Co. Monaghan, Micheál Ó Raghallaigh, Co. Meath and Laura Kerr, Co. Armagh. Among those featured in the series will be singers Christy Moore, Moya Brennan and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, musicians John Sheahan, Niall Vallely, Dónal O‟Connor, Mick McAuley, Dave Sheridan, Sean McKiernan, Michelle O‟Brien, Leonard Barry, Mary McNamara, Geraldine Cotter, Maeve Donnelly, Cormac De Barra and the groups Beoga, The Céilí All Stars, Goitse and Caladh Nua. The first programme in the series on Sunday Sept 26 th comes from The Half Door pub in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and is presented by Brian Morrissey. Produced by Forefront productions Contact: To email@example.com Amhráin is Ansa Liom A new series of this important project which seeks to uncover some of the mysteries of sean-nós singing by listening to the best singers from the living tradition as they talk about their art and sing some of their favourite songs. Presented by Antaine Ó Faracháin (an award winning singer and expert on sean-nós), each of 20 programmes in the series introduces us to a prominent sean-nós singer who talks about the songs that have captured his/her imagination and brought success. Guests also reveal which other singers influence them and talk about their local heritage of song, how they source songs, and about how they decide which songs best suit their individual style. The highlight of each half-hour programme is a performance by the singer of the favourite songs from his/her store. This season‟s singers include Róisín Elsafty, Lillis Ó Laoire, Neil Ní Chróinín, Séamus Ó Beaglaoich, Nan Tom Teaimín, Brian Ó Domhnaill, Eoiní Ó Súilleabháin, Tomás Ó Neachtain, Mairéad Ní Oistín and Nollaig Nic Aindriú Lyrics are available on www.tg4.ie Steip Saturday 30th October 2pm A real example of súil eile as TG4 again brings live coverage of the traditional step dancing competition from Oireachtas na Gaeilge, the annual cultural festival, being held this year in Killarney. An art form in decline until recent years, sean-nós dancing is currently undergoing a huge revival. This is an exuberant, free style form of individual dancing for men and women and boys and girls of all ages and sizes, from under 16 upwards. The emphasis here is on flair and self-expression in a form of traditional Irish dancing that is very far removed from the uniforms, curly wigs and regulated steps of other regimented forms of Irish dancing. TG4‟s live coverage of this competition, inaugurated a few years ago has become a run-away success and a real audience-grabber as it conveys the fun and energy of this old pastime that really connects with the contemporary audience. Presented by Joe Ó Dónaill. Horslips - Rotha Mór an tSaoil A new four-part rockumentary travel series exploring the impact of emigration on contemporary American music In the 1970‟s, Ireland‟s rock legends Horslips wrote an album called Rotha Mór an tSaoil inspired by the memoirs of Donegal author Micí MacGabhann of the same title. The album dealt with the themes of emigration, dispossession and lonelieness. Their record company at the time was not best pleased at one of their acts releasing an album with an Irish language title about an obscure miner from Donegal. Horslips had fought an almighty battle to release their album „Happy to meet, sorry to part‟ in a concertina shaped sleeve, were ready for the battle. After brief and tense stand-off the album „Aliens‟ was released. Having drawn inspiration from Micí Mac Gabhann in the seventies, Barry Devlin and Jim Lockhart have now set off in Mici‟s footsteps to make their way across North America. They look at the impact of the Irish in America, the uniquely American celtic rock and punk that has grown out of their experiments with Celtic rock as well as exploring the route of the stoical man from Donegal. From playing Horslips numbers with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon‟s band in an abandoned steel mills in the heart of Pennsylvania to touring the Bronx with Black 47 frontman and novelist Larry Kirwan the two men from Horslips inquire into the mind of Irish America. Produced by Gaeljin Productions. Contact Rossa Ó Sioradáin 087 2991757 Siar an Bóthar Another season of the very popular traditional music archive series in which Nicholas Carolan trawls the shelves in search of musical gems from yesteryear, featuring famous and obscure players who performed for the television cameras over the years. Many of the items featured this season come from the early 1990s when traditional music was a mainstay in the television schedules and many young players were showcased, some of whom became very famous indeed in later years. The series also contains some feature items from the archives that had a traditional music theme or background. Produced by RTÉ: Contact Lucie Farrell, Cláracha Gaeilge RTÉ 01 2082746 Spórt / Documentary series Gualainn le Gualainn A major new four part television history of Irish Rugby which chronicles an extraordinary story that began with a handful of ex-public schoolboys on the manicured grounds of Trinity College Dublin in 1854 and is still unfolding with the sport flourishing at both school, amateur and professional club levels and Ireland ranked near the very top of the international game. The four-part definitive series will include the first broadcast of an incredible treasure trove of pre- World War II footage never before seen on Irish television. While reflecting the political, cultural and sociological history of 20th century Ireland, the story is told through contemporaneous photographs, first person voices, leading players, historians, commentators, writers, fans and the newly unearthed trove of newsreels. Formed in 1854, Trinity College Dublin Rugby Football Club stands as the second oldest rugby club in the world with an official formation in 1854. Within a short time rugby established a foothold in the schools such as St. Columba‟s College and Portora Royal School, Dungannon. Following the adoption of a set of official rules in 1868, rugby spread throughout Ireland. Henry Dunlop, a Dublin civil servant was a well-known athlete and when he retired from competitive sports he secured seven acres of land in south Dublin along the railway line and the River Dodder from the Earl of Pembroke in 1872, his ambition was to build an athletics stadium which developed into Lansdowne Road, now reborn as the Aviva Stadium. The series chronicles the growth of rugby in Ireland since then, the glory days of Triple Crown and more recently Grand Slams and Heineken Cup victories. It also deals with the dark shadow of politics that has sometimes threatened the sport – including a rarely mentioned threat of player‟s strike in the 1950s over the issue of the national anthem and flag. The GAA ban on “foreign” games, including rugby was another major obstacle, now happily resolved culminating in a new level of understanding leading to the use of Croke Park for international rugby matches while Lansdowne Road was being redeveloped. The mighty All-Blacks came to Thomond Park and were vanquished and the more recent glory days for Ulster, Munster and Leinster in the Heineken Cup is highlighted as is the ongoing heroic struggle of Connacht to keep the professional rugby flag flying in the West. The great players – Kyle, O‟Reilly, Gibson, Campbell, Wood, O‟Driscoll – are lauded as we tell a story of a sport that has captured the imagination and affection of all parts of Irish society in a way that its pioneers could never have thought possible. The list of participants is a who‟s who of Irish rugby for the past two generations and includes: Brian O'Driscoll, Willie John McBride, Jack Kyle, Tony Ward, Syd Millar, Ray McLoughlin, Fergus Slattery, Conor O'Shea, Keith Wood, Mick Galway, Tom Kiernan, Willie Duggan and Moss Keane. Co-produced by Fastnet Films & D4 Films- Contact Morgan Bushe 086-3813778 firstname.lastname@example.org MOVIES ON TG4 Scannán na Seachtaine Scannán na Seachtaine moves to a new slot on Monday night at 9.30pm. What better way to recuperate after the weekend than to kick back and enjoy some modern classics? Upcoming titles include Oceans 13, Blood Diamond, The Prestige, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iowa Jima and American Beauty. Saturday Night Movie The Saturday night movie on TG4 – expect romance, expect action and entertainment from upcoming titles such as Enemy of the State, Analyse That !, The Things Called Love, Thirteen, Armageddon and The Horse Whisperer. Le Film: TG4‟s continuing World Cinema slot moves to a new time on Saturday night and will showcase the best in quality films from around the world with titles such as. Le Roseaux Sauvage, Le Grand Appartment, Amarcord, L’Anniversaire, Science of Sleep, and Quatre Etoile. An Western: TG4 – home of the Western. Enjoy the best of the cowboy genre on Friday nights. Upcoming titles include Pat Garret and Billy the Kid, The Unforgiven, The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dynamite, Comes a Horseman, Death Rides a Horse Wednesday Late Night Movie Can‟t sleep? Wednesday night promises a late night movie such as The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover. Desperados, Night Moves, Independence Day, The Bridges of Madison County, On the Edge and December Bride Movies as Gaeilge for our young audience Harry Potter, The Reef (aka Shark Tales), Happy Feet SPORT ON TG4 THIS AUTUMN TG4 will broadcast in excess of 30 live Magner’s League Rugby games on Rugbaí Beo on Friday and Saturday evenings – including the huge clash between Leinster and Munster, live from the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 2nd October. Live & exclusive coverage of the Ireland v Australia International Rules Series – Exclusively Live on TG4 on Saturday 23rd and 30th October. GAA Beo will provide exclusive coverage of the All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Final and the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football Finals from Croke Park. Hour long highlights of all the GAA action on TG4‟s weekly show GAA 2010 – Monday evenings at 8.30pm. Deferred coverage of both Senior All-Ireland Hurling and Football Finals from Croke Park beginning at 7:00pm, giving fans and viewers the opportunity to see all the big action from GAA Headquarters again. Coverage of Ireland‟s top horseracing festival in September with six continuous days of top class live coverage from the Listowel Races – including the Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase on Wednesday 15th September. Seó Spóirt is TG4‟s weekly sports programme with interviews, previews, reviews and analysis presented by broadcaster and former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide – Friday evenings at 8:30pm. Aussie Rules AFL weekly highlights every Thursday night – all the action from the Australian Football League – including highlights from the AFL Grand Final from the MCG in Melbourne – giving Irish sports fans the opportunity to see the AFL stars before they take on the Irish Gaelic Footballers in the International Rules Series at the end of October. Ceist GAA le Hector; a brand new quiz show hosted by Hector Laochra Gael- Na Coimhlintí- A new angle for this popular series, looking back on epic rivalries and sagas in hurling and football. Contributors include players, managers, commentators and analysts. MAGNERS LEAGUE RUGBY COVERAGE ON TG4 RUGBAÍ BEO Celtic Rugby returns to terrestrial television in Ireland when TG4 will provide extensive live coverage of the 2010/‟11 Magners League Rugby season with live coverage each weekend from the top matches. TG4‟s coverage will kick-off on Saturday 04th of September with live action from Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons, Live from the Sportsground, 5:00pm. The 22 round league season kicks-off on the first weekend in September 2010 and runs through until the weekend of 6th May 2011. The top four teams in the regular season will once again progress to the Play-Off semi finals, which will be held on the weekend of 13th May. The Magners League Grand Final will be played on the weekend of 27 th May 2011. Commentary by Gearóid Mac Donncha and pitch side analysis with Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill. Round 1 Saturday 4 September Connacht v Newport Gwent Dragons, Live from the Sportsground, 5:00pm Round 2 Friday 10 September Edinburgh Rugby v Munster, live from Murrayfield, 7:00pm Round 3 Saturday 18 September Benetton Treviso v Leinster, 6:00pm Round 4 Saturday 25 September Connacht v Ulster, Live from the Sportsground, 7:00pm Round 5 Saturday 2 October Leinster v Munster, Aviva Stadium, 7:00pm Round 6 Friday 22 October Munster v Benetton Treviso, coverage begins 7:30pm Round 7 Friday 29 October Ulster v Munster, Live from Ravenhill, coverage begins 7:00pm Round 8 Sunday 21 November Munster v Scarlets, coverage begins 5:30pm Round 9 Sunday 28 November Ospreys v Leinster, Live from the Liberty Stadium, coverage begins 4:55pm Round 10 Saturday 4 December Munster v Cardiff Blues, coverage begins 7:00pm Round 11 Sunday 26 December Connacht v Munster, Live from the Sportsground, coverage at 4:30pm Round 12 Saturday 1 January 2011 Leinster v Connacht, live from the RDS, coverage begins 5:00pm IRELAND v AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL RULES SERIES GAA / AFL Live & exclusive on TG4 Saturday 23rd October Saturday 30th October For the first time ever, TG4 will broadcast the two games live and also sponsor the Irish team. Ireland face Australia in Páirc na nGael, Limerick on Saturday 23 rd October and seven days later the second test takes place at Croke Park. Both games will be played under lights. Former Derry midfielder Anthony Tohill will manage the Irish team as they attempt to win the Cormac McAnallen trophy on home soil. An expected crowd of 50,000 spectators will be in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick while 82,500 will turn up at GAA headquarters to watch these clashes between the best players from the Australian Football League (AFL) and the finest Gaelic Footballers from all over Ireland. TG4 has acquired the television broadcast rights to the International Rules Series in 2010 and 2011. In 1968, games were played between Australia and a touring County Meath Gaelic football team, Meath being that year's All- Ireland Football Champions. Following intermittent international tests between Australia and Ireland, the International Rules Series has been played intermittently since 1984 – when Ireland played Australia in 3 matches – once in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and twice in Croke Park. The sport has raised considerable interest amongst fans from both countries with matches generally being a closely matched contest. GAA Coverage on TG4 GAA BEO Exclusive live GAA coverage from a top Sunday afternoon fixture in the AIB Club Championships and various County Finals from around the country as well as full deferred coverage from a second match. Micheál Ó Domhnaill introduces the action from the sideline with match commentary by Brian Tyers and Mac Dara Mac Donncha who are joined each week by a top analyst. GAA coverage on TG4 comprises live match coverage, highlights, features, documentary and archive-based programming. The relationship between TG4 and the GAA has, from the outset, been a close one, given the many areas of mutual interest. In addition to match coverage, TG4 has also provided a range of news, features and documentary material on the GAA. This Autumn will see TG4 provide exclusive live tv coverage of the All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Final, the Ladies Gaelic Football Finals as well as tracking the AIB Provincial Club Championships. Saturday 4th September 2010 TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Semi Finals Peil na mBan Beo on air at 12pm. Live coverage of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Semi-Finals: Donegal v Longford and Kerry v Tyrone from Ballymahon, Longford. Presented by Gráinne McElwain. The road to Croker continues as we find out which teams can make it all the way and appear in the TG4 All-Ireland Finals on Sunday 26th September. Sunday 5 September 7pm All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final from Croke Park. Another chance to see the full match, commentary by Garry Mac Donncha. Saturday 11 September 5pm Live - Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Final from Semple Stadium, Thurles. Sunday 19 September 7pm All-Ireland Senior Football Final from Croke Park. Another chance to see the full match, commentary by Garry Mac Donncha. Sunday 26 September 11.55am TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals – Peil na mBan Beo 11.55am Triple Header - Junior Final (12pm), Intermediate Final (2pm) and Senior Final (4pm). Presented by Gráinne McElwain. Sunday 3 October 2pm Live coverage of a County Hurling or Football Final. Sundays 10 October to 5 December 2 pm – Live & deferred coverage from the AIB Club Provincial Hurling & Football Championship. Listowel Racing Festival 2010 Live coverage of the famous Kerry racing festival Monday 13 th to Saturday 18th September, six days of racing with a total of forty five races presented by Séan Bán Breathnach, with analysis from Mánus Ó Conghaile and commentary from Micheál Ó Sé. Mick Ó hUallacháin and Eibhlín Ní Choisdealbha will be amidst the action with the trainers and owners. Not just a sporting occasion, the annual Listowel Races is a social event that is always well attended, not only by people from all over Ireland but also by the Irish living abroad. So don't miss out on the horses, the races, the gambling, Ladies‟ Day, the craic and the fun. The centrepiece of the festival comes on Wednesday with the running of the Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase. This €160,000 three mile contest always provides breath taking action while Friday 18th September is Ladies Day with the best dressed lady competition. Starts on Monday 13th of September at 2.45pm Aussie Rules Highlights from the weekend‟s matches in each round of the Australian Football League including teams such as North Melbourne, Carlton, Western Bulldog, Fremantle, Geelong Cats, Adelaide, Sydney Swans, St Kilda, Collingwood, Brisbane Lions, Melbourne, Richmond, Port Adelaide, Hawthorn, West Coast Eagles and Essendon. 11.30pm Thursdays Seó Spóirt Weekly sports programme with interviews, previews, reviews and analysis presented by broadcaster and former Kerry All-Ireland winning captain Dara Ó Cinnéide. Now in its fifth series, Dara is joined weekly at TG4 headquarters by resident sports pundit Seán Bán Breathnach (SBB) alongside well known guest analysts including Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Ger Loughnane, Jarlath Burns, Páidí Ó Sé, John Allen, Seán Óg de Paor, Donal O‟Grady, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Pat Fleury, Seán Ó Domhnaill, Tomás Ó Flatharta, Coman Goggins, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Conal Ó Máirtín. While roving reporter Gemma Ní Chionnaith will bring us up to date with interviews from Ireland‟s top players and managers from around the country. Seó Spóirt will focus on all things sport – including GAA, Rugby, Horseracing and Soccer. The series is a must for all sporting fans as they prepare for the weekend‟s action. It‟s your one stop shop for what‟s happening in the world of Sport. Check out the Seó Spóirt website at: www.tg4.ie/seospoirt. Produced by Sónta Teo. Contact Seán Ó Cualáin 095-33943 Fridays 8:30pm Ceist GAA le Hector Sundays 8pm from 12th September TG4‟s first ever sports quiz, presented by Hector Ó hEochagáin in which 16 of the country‟s largest GAA Clubs battle to see which is the most knowledgeable on GAA matters. Some of the rounds include "Do chlub," "Picture Board," “Best Commentator” and “Ceist na Seachtaine” with Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. First transmission scheduled for Sunday 12th September at 8pm and to run until Christmas. The goal and the ultimate prize for the winning team is that 30 members of the winning teams club will win an amazing 1-week pre season high performance training camp at the Amendoeira sports club. This series is produced by Sónta Teo and sponsored by Ladbrokes.com Contact Seán Ó Cualáin 095-33943 News, Current Affairs and Chat Shows Nuacht, Cúrsaí Reatha & Cláracha Cainte Nuacht TG4 Nuacht TG4 has a distinctive regional, local and human-interest focus, continuing TG4‟s strong Súil Eile motto. With a remit for the western seaboard, the Gaeltacht and Irish-speaking communities around the country, the Nuacht team of reporters and presenters strive to make the news relevant, available and clear. Along with an updated look and presentation style, Nuacht TG4 will include some new items this Autumn. There will be a brief news summary each weekday at 1.55pm. Cathal Mac Coille returns to present Agallamh na Seachtaine where he will interview a prominent newsmaker every Friday: Loretta Ní Ghabháin will present Ar Siúl, a diary of upcoming local events with a particular Gaeltacht focus; and the cultural and language issues from Scotland in As Albain ring familiar to an Irish audience. A top story from Nuacht TG4 also features every week on the BBC Alba news programme An Lá. As always, Eimear Ní Chonaola and the Nuacht TG4 team around the country will bring you the latest national, regional, international and Gaeilge news every night at 7pm. Make Nuacht TG4 part of your day. 7 Lá This Autumn sees a very new political landscape with Dáil and Seanad members returning to face into parliamentary sessions that must cope with the huge problems in the public finances and an unprecedented drop in public confidence in the political institutions that govern us. This weekly review of current affairs programme presented by Páidí Ó Lionáird with a panel of political commentators and analysts in studio and from locations worldwide will continue with its own insightful analysis of the stories and topics that matter to people‟s lives. TG4 Tuesdays 7.30pm COMHRÁ Thursdays at 7.30pm from 23rd of September One of TG4‟s most popular series is a deceptively simple format – a conversation between the host, award- winning broadcaster Máirtín Tom Sheáinín, and his weekly guest. Whether they are national figures like Bishop Willie Walsh or people whose lives have been lived away from the headlines, all are happy to share their innermost feelings or experiences in a quiet conversation with Máirtín. Among this year‟s best known guests are Bishop Willie Walsh, former PD politician Máirín Quill, ex Republican prisoner Séanna Breathnach and Canon Pádraig Ó Fiannachta, ex Maynooth Professor and translator of the Bible. Other, lesser known guests include the owner of Ireland‟s best known tweed and knitwear shop, a Connemara woman who left the Central Bank to become a nun and a Donegal merchant sea-man who spent much of his life far away from his native Baile na Finne. Scéal an Airgid Wednesdays from 01 September 9.30pm Where are the green shoots of Ireland's economic recovery to be found? And how can they be helped to grow sturdy and plentiful? That's the quest presenter Máire Bhreathnach sets herself in Scéal an Airgid, a series of three one- hour documentaries to be broadcast this autumn. She comes face-to-face with some of the men and women who form the backbone of Ireland's economy: the small indigenous business owners the length and breadth of the country - and discovers whether the Government and the banks are proving to be heroes or villains as these people try to continue making money and providing employment. From the businessman struggling to keep the bank at bay, through to the family making up-market cosmetics from Aran Island seaweed, to the optimistic start-up confident he can make sport pay for him, she watches them change course to simply survive the economic maelstrom before they can position themselves for better days ahead. She also compares Ireland's experience with that of Sweden which came through a banking crisis of its own in the early 90's - an approach which Ireland is said to be emulating. But how come the Swedes sued the boards of their banks and we didn't? And have the country's citizens suffered the same level of hardship as has been experienced at home? It's a journey which shows the hard times up close - but also the spirit of determination and creativity which may - just - help bring the good times back. Produced by Below the Radar with assistance from the Northern Ireland Irish Language Broadcast Fund Dáil Beo TG4 provides live coverage of the proceedings of Dáil Éireann on Wednesday & Thursday mornings at 10.30am. Aimsir TG4 Five detailed, customised and updated weather bulletins every day with regional, national and international weather forecasts, including a daily Fishing / Coastal report at 6:58pm with tide times for the main fishing ports and marinas. Euromllions: The weekly Friday night draw from PARIS at 9.25pm. Bonne chance. Turas Teanga For those with a resolution to brush up on their Irish, TG4 will re-show the series TURAS TEANGA on – set your DVRs! Young People/ Daoine Óga PONC: TEEN PROGRAMMING ON TG4 PONC is the teen block of programming on TG4 presented by the dynamic talents of Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Colmán Mac Séalaigh. The schedule line-up includes drama, entertainment and reality series to keep you entertained Monday – Friday from 5 – 7pm. PONC DRAMA The block will contain popular drama series‟ such as home produced & Award winning Aifric, a series about a young girl and her transition from city life to rural life at the height of her most turbulent teenage years. What I like about You follows Holly, a young teen who moves in with her older sister Val in New York and tries to become part of her fabulous life. The block will also include Life with Derek, about two families who try to cope with life and new adjustments after been brought together through marriage and will introduce new Disney teen sitcom 10 Things I hate about you, a series which highlights the Stratford sisters as they experience the highs and lows of high schools, deal with their overprotective father and find love. REALITY PROGRAMMES PONC will pay a weekly visit to L.A to catch up with Heidi, Spencer, Audrina, Kirsten and all the gang in season five and six of the popular series The Hills. Tune into the cool and fabulous cars that are pimped on Pimp My Ride and don‟t forget that POP4; Ireland‟s only chart show; will keep us up-to-date on all the latest music news, presented by Eoghan Mac Diarmada. PONC A weekly studio show hosted by Maire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill and Colmán Mac Séalaigh. Each Tuesday at 6.30pm, Ponc will highlight the latest trends in fashion and technology and will also keep you posted on any new video games, music news, sports and more. The team will attend major youth events around the Country and are always looking for an interesting story, keep us posted email@example.com. PONC @NA MOVIE Thursdays at 6.30pm Get up-to-the minute movie news with Máire Treasa and Colmán, as they bring you the best interviews, footage and gossip about upcoming films and dvd‟s in a weekly half-hour movie show. PONC COMPETITIONS Can‟t get tickets to your favourite gig? Watching out for those latest gadgets? Stay tuned! PONC competitions will only have the most coveted prizes. CONTACT US: The most important part of PONC is you... the audience. Whatever you‟re doing, be sure to let us know about it. If we‟re filming in your area we may even contact you: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 51844 or check out www.ponc.ie You can now follow PONC on Twitter or catch the latest news on FACEBOOK CÚLA4 A new season of CÚLA4 kicks off on the 30th August – 5 hours daily of fun and entertaining, Irish language programming for kids: and it‟s an advertising free schedule! Only on Cúla4 will you find your favourite characters, speaking Irish ! Mr Men, Garfield, Elmo, Dora, Scooby Doo and Ben 10 are all fluent – and easy to follow for learners or for those who are fluent. Cúla4 is available on Sky and UPC channel 104 and on UPC kids zone channel 602. Viewers in Northern Ireland can access TG4 on CHANNEL 163 (Sky) & CHANNEL 877 (Virgin Cable) Families abroad can also enjoy their Irish language programming. A selection of Cúla4 programmes are available to view worldwide on the TG4 catch-up service www.tg4.tv and other titles are available on DVD, available in stores or from www.tg4.ie/siopa. Production companies in Dublin (Macalla), Galway (Telegael and Abú Media) and Belfast (Zoogon and Sterling) have been busy re-voicing the top international shows to Irish language in time for the autumn schedule. Programmes currently in production for re-voicing are some feature length MOVIES which will be shown “as Gaeilge” on Cúla4 at Christmas time – these include HAPPY FEET, THE REEF and HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE CÚLA4 na nÓg (preschool) – PROGRAMMES 7:30 – 10:00am Monday - Sunday The Autumn season on Cúla4 na nÓg brings some energetic and colourful new characters to the already fun filled block of programming. OLIVIA based on the renowned book series. Taking place in a world where people are pigs, Olivia revolves around the title character and her family. Olivia is like any other little girl, she dreams about being famous at everything she tries, football, piano playing, ballet dancing and more. She also offers very sound advice in every episode, e.g. “if you have to sit next to a little brother eating spaghetti, you better wear a raincoat”. (a Brown Bag Films production) MANON is a mischievous little dreamer who lives on a farm and shares some very funny adventures with all her friends; Bingo the dog, Melba the cat, Baz the donkey and many more. Dinosaur Train the world is seen through the eyes of BUDDY a young Tyrannosaurus rex, Buddy was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon and brought to their nest to hatch at the same time as his siblings Tiny, Shiny, and Don. Buddy vows to learn about all the dinosaurs he can by riding the Dinosaur Steam Train. SANDRA the Fairytale Police Detective, like many kids her age, Sandra has problems at school and gets into trouble for not cleaning her room etc. but whenever her friend Fo arrives to say that there‟s a problem over in the land of Once Upon A Time, she dons her overcoat and jumps into action. Maybe Cinderella has lost her glass slipper or Snow White‟s evil stepmother‟s magic mirror has mysteriously disappeared? Whatever the mystery, Sandra is on the case! Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Our Yellow tailed, bendy buddy! gets himself into crazy predicaments and strange situations, but he always finds a solution with the help of Walden, his brainy friend, and Widget, who can fix anything with her toolbox. Other titles on Cúla4 na nÓg will include: Dora,the Explorer, the Wonderpets (Emmy award winner 2010), Mr. Men, Tar ag Spraoi Sesame, Coisíní Franny, Loopdidoo, Dive Olly Dive (a Telegael production), Ni Hao Kai Lan, Elmo and Go Diego Go. Aimsir na nÓg: will there be sunshine or rain today? Check out Aimsir na nÓg every morning after DORA CÚLA4 – PROGRAMMES 2:30 – 5:00 Monday - Saturday The afternoon kidz zone includes a fat cat, flying hares, an expert at rule breaking and a disk spinning DJ! The Garfield Show is based on the American comic strip Garfield and focuses mainly on Garfield's antics and quirky misadventures, while always highlighting the fat cat's love for lasagna. Garfield who tends to like his home comforts lives with his owner, Jon, and his owner's dog, Odie, in a detached 2-story house. Hareport is a series about The Hare brothers Ned and Fred who can fly but they just don't have the grace most others have. So they do the next best thing and run an airport. They have plenty of help from an efficient and magnetic squirrel, Cookie, in the control tower, a blind, deaf wolf, Hughes in the airport lounge, and an over enthusiastic intern, Moppet, who all contribute to the varying fortunes of the jetsetters that land on their runway. AS if fat cats and flying hares aren‟t enough, other new characters gracing the screen for another action packed season of Cúla4 programming are twelve -year-Angelo; Angelo Rules The 11 year old middle child who is an expert at breaching (not breaking!) the rules with his charm and charisma - and who with the help of his friends Sherwood and Lola manages to sweet-talk and work his way around his various adversaries. CJ The DJ , CJ can spin discs like no-one else, mix and scratch on the decks like a pro, but in the dead end of town where she lives, almost nobody wants to know. New Series’ of your favourite Programmes. Mon-Sat 2.30-5.00pm Spongebob Squarepants: More antics from Bikini bottom where Spongebob and Patrick star continue to cause Mahem. Ben 10: Alien Force. Based 5 years after the original series, Ben 10 is back and still fighting agains all evil. The Omnitrix has recalibrated, giving him access to a new set of alien heroes . Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends What happens when a child outgrows his trusty Imaginary Friend, the pal that stuck with him through all of the highs and lows of growing up? They head to Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends of course! Back at the Barnyard: what animals get up to when humans aren‟t looking! Otis & his farmyard friends, Pip, Pig and Freddy will stop at nothing in pursuit of fun! (Emmy Award Winner 2010!) Eliot Kid – Eliot has one wild imagination! Everyday situations turn into the most breath taking adventures! Scooby Doo. - Ruh-Roh! Danger and intrigue and jam packed laughs--Shaggy and his lovable Great Dane, Scooby-Doo--are back!