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The 7 most eye-catching things from the RTÉ Two season launch

It’s RTÉ 2, now, actually.

RTÉ Two launched their new look Autumn schedule today in a literal alleyway on Capel Street. Along with the shocking revelation that the Two will now become the number 2 in all branding, the channel also released the new shows that will be on our screens this season.

Here are seven that caught our eye.

1. Meet The McDonaghs

Source: RTE

A three-part series following former Voice of Ireland contestant Kelly McDonagh and her family. Publicity materials say it “provides a window into the world of a family who are proud to be Traveller and an insight into their unique culture and attitudes to love, religion, morality, [and] education.”

Source: RTÉ Two/YouTube

2. Drunk

Source: RTE

Eoghan McDermott asks people to drink to excess (yes, really) and then puts them through challenges. No, it’s not whether they can get the shift. It’s exploring the effects of drinking on the body and mind.

3. Clubland

Source: Rte

This documentary goes “behind the scenes at the Wright Venue”, Swords – Ireland’s “biggest nightclub” and premier nightspot for aspiring models and visiting rappers who’ve never been here before.

3. Connected

Source: Rte

This is an actually interesting concept: what publicity materials call “a 20-episode reality soap – real people, real lives, real drama. Six women, six cameras, with the cast in control of what and where they shoot.” Basically it sounds like TOWIE et al, except that the cast get to choose where the cameras go. One to look out for.

Source: RTÉ Two/YouTube

4. Vogue Does the Afterlife

Former Fade Street star, DJ and Brian-McFadden-wife Vogue Williams lost her father in 2010. In this show she asks whether psychic abilities are actually genuine, or whether the contacting-the-dead business is all just a giant scam to take money off bereaved people.

5. Norah’s Traveller Academy

Source: RTE

This show will see businesswoman and media personality Norah Casey mentor four young Traveller women who have business ideas. It will focus on developing their skills “in a country where they still experience prejudice and exclusion.” Let’s leave the profoundly patronising name aside, shall we?

6. The Proposal

Ah, the proposal. Not just any proposal, THAT proposal that caused the whole of Ireland to pull one giant collective cringe muscle.

This documentary will take us behind the scenes of the ‘Great Proposal of the 2013 Rose of Tralee’ and as Molly Molloy and her husband Kyle Catlett as they prepare for the wedding. It’s nothing if not an excuse to watch it again in all its glory.


Source: RTÉ - Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster/YouTube

7. The Unemployables

Unemployables Source: Rte

We hope the title isn’t literal, because in this series, Jennifer Maguire and Darren Kennedy set out to help young people get off the dole and into a new career. What could possibly go wrong?

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