Prime Time presenter Miriam O’Callaghan “cringes” when she is described as a “superwoman” and believes it intimidates other women.

“It makes me cringe when they say superwoman, I’m the last thing, I’m the opposite of whatever a superwoman is,” she said.

Miriam was speaking at the launch of the new RTÉ season in Dublin yesterday.

“Most of the time I struggle to do most things in my life. I’m late for everything I’m always late for picking up my youngest boy, who’s 10, at the school gate,” she said.

“So no, I’m not a superwoman and I think it’s intimidating for other women and I have a brilliant childminder that I’ve had for over 20 years. So I couldn’t do that without my childminder, Lorraine, so I’m not superwoman I do work hard though and I love what I do.”

This year marks Miriam’s 20th year on Prime Time, and she admitted that it has its “boring” moments.

“It’s 20 years, mainly ups, obviously there were downs, but mainly ups but it’s got a great team of journalists and what I would say first and foremost is, I’m a journalist and I love it.

“And sometimes it plods along and can be a little boring but then a story breaks and everyone watches it and that’s when it really comes into its own.”

Vogue Williams, Miriam O’Callaghan, and Louise O’Neill at the launch.
Vogue Williams, Miriam O’Callaghan, and Louise O’Neill at the launch.

Miriam has been touted as one of the celebrities to line out for Dancing with the Stars in January, but yesterday she threw cold water on the idea.

“I think even I would say that’s a step too far, I do a chat show, I do Prime Time, I do the radio. I’ve to look after all my kids. I’ve no time to go dancing,” she said.

Dancing with the Stars is just one of dozens of new programmes planned by the broadcaster for the upcoming season.

In total, there are more than 65 new home-produced programmes set for both RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

These include documentaries as well as a new drama called Striking Out, starring Amy Huberman.

Also starring in the series are Rory Keenan and Neil Morrissey. The four-part drama touches on love, family, and friendship set in a backdrop of the Irish legal system.

“This new season will continue to deliver distinctly Irish programming — everything from high-quality homegrown drama to groundbreaking documentaries alongside unparalleled news, current affairs, and sports coverage,” said Adrian Lynch, channel controller for RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

Bridgit and Eamonn (Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Zamparelli) at the launch of the new RTÉ season
Bridgit and Eamonn (Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Zamparelli) at the launch of the new RTÉ season

In terms of documentaries, there will be a two-part series examining Enda Kenny’s political career as well as one called Keeping Ireland Alive: the health service in a day.

Returning programmes include The Meaning of Life, with Gay Byrne, The Late Late Show, and Winning Streak.

New season

¦ Hacked: Keelin Shanley examines the risks posed by cyber criminals as we spend more of our living in a virtual world.

¦ John Connors, The Travellers: Actor John Connors of Love/Hate fame, looks at the history of his own people. This was made in conjunction with the National Folklore.

¦ Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip: Daniel and Majella O’Donnell travel around Ireland visiting 12 B&B owners.

¦ The Nathan Carter Show: Nathan Carter will host a show in front of live audience that takes in music, chat and entertainment while interviewing famous musicians as well as up-andcoming acts.

¦ Reality Bites, Asking For It: Awarding-winning author and Irish Examiner columnist Louise O’Neill delves into rape culture, slut-shaming and the rise of sexual assault in Irish society.

65 new homegrown programmes for RTÉ's latest schedule

¦ Find Me a Home: This six-part observational documentary series follows the journey of those trying to buy, rent or sell a home in the current climate.

¦ The Pet Surgeons: This new series is catering for animal lovers who take their sick pets to the vet for very special care.

¦ Rural Addiction: This twopart series looks at addiction outside of Dublin and casts a light on the growing problem of drug dependency in the towns and villages outside of our cities.


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