I’m a telly addict, I make no secret of it, I just wish there were more hours in the evening to watch my favourite shows! In the last couple of years, TV3 has become one of my favourite channels for Irish and international entertainment and reality shows. They’ve also managed to create successful versions of popular American and UK shows, which has helped them to become the only Irish channel to experience a growth in viewers for the last three years. Plus they show The X Factor and I’m a Celebrity, so what’s not to love!
TV3′s autumn line-up is looking pretty good for telly fans. At a launch party in the Royal College of Physicians on Dublin’s Kildare Street (see our Shutterbug section here for social snaps), Programming Director, Ben Frow, revealed details of the autumn schedule, which is dominated by entertainment. Four nights a week have juggernaut entertainment shows including Alan Hughes’ Family Fortunes; Mastermind Ireland; Come Dine With Me Ireland; Celebrity Come Dine With Me Ireland and Deception with Keith Barry.
Simon Cowell’s new blockbuster Red or Black will be presented live by Ant and Dec across seven nights, and we’ll see the return of Take Me Out, hosted by Ray Foley. Also, following the launch of The X Factor less than two weeks ago, there’s not much longer to wait until the return of The Apprentice and The X Factor US.
We love a bit of reality TV here at the Daily Update and TV3′s Irish reality entertainment is led by four home productions Tallafornia, Tearaway Teen to Beauty Queen, Celebrity Salon 3 and Southside Housewives. New drama this autumn includes exciting four-part series Titanic (which was co-produced by TV3), Prime Suspect, and new series of Downton Abbey, Glee and Spartacus.
The documentary line-up is led by explosive three-parter The Rise and Fall of Fianna Fáil narrated by Ursula Halligan, and Sex Lives, a series of films that look at sex and the illegal sex industry in Ireland today. On a lighter note, there’s a fresh line-up of features in the schedule like Hen Parties, Paddies in Paradise, Strictly Irish Dancing, Ireland’s Disco Kids, Dejunk Your Life and Ireland’s Top Teens.
Commenting on the autumn schedule, TV3’s Director of Programming, Ben Frow said; “TV3 is no longer the underdog, it is now right up there with its competitors as a real and credible alternative for Irish viewers. TV3’s focus remains firmly fixed on entertainment. This autumn, TV3 will again be the place to escape to for fun and feel good distraction. Old favourites and familiar faces are back, along with a raft of new and exciting programmes – programmes that will challenge, surprise, inspire and bring a new dimension to the traditional.”