Dramas and documentaries to draw in viewers

RTÉ has 114 home-produced series and programmes lined up for its upcoming television season.

There will be 62 hours of home-produced drama, including the multi-award winning Love/Hate, and RAW, which returns for a fifth season.

Ireland’s popular homegrown soap, Fair City, enters its 24th season, while a new crime series, The Fall, made in Belfast in association with RTÉ and starring former X-Files star Gillian Anderson, makes it debut appearance.

There will be 15 new documentaries and series, as well as seven returning series looking at issues such as education, obesity and teen pregnancy.

The Choice is a new interview-based format presented by Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh which will explore the consequences of religious and ethical decisions.

Three documentaries on the education system will be shown during the first week of September — Inside the Department, John Lonergan’s School Principles, and Scoil Mhuire.

A two-part documentary called Communion Day will track eight families as they get ready for their child’s big day.

Another documentary called The Obesity Clinic will follow eight people trying to lose weight at a weight management clinic.

The 2FM radio presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin gets his own series travelling the highways and byways of Ireland, while radio comedy Irish Pictorial Weekly will give a satirical slant on Irish life.

Ryan Tubridy returns for the 51st series of the Late Late Show and Brendan O’Connor is back as the host of The Saturday Night Show.

The hugely popular The Voice of Ireland returns with Kathryn Thomas at the helm, and Celebrity Bainisteoir is back with a new twist.

Meanwhile, RTÉ is continuing with its commitment to the arts during the coming season with new documentaries on film, literature and art.

A Grand Experience charts a journey by three artists along the Grand Canal on board a barge, while The Missing Bones of WB Yeats traces the mystery of his final resting place.

Season highlights

* Love/Hate returns for its third series.

* Former Mountjoy governor John Lonergan investigates the effect of education on crime.

* An American western series, Hell on Wheels, starring Colm Meaney rolls on to RTÉ Two.

* The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne returns. His guests will include former president Mary McAleese and musician Noel Gallagher.

* Teen Mum will look at Ireland’s first clinical midwife who specialises in teen pregnancy.

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