RTÉ2 New Season

RTÉ2 reveals an exciting new line-up of drama, comedy and factual programming for the coming season including darkly comic drama Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, a supersized series of everyone’s favourite dating show First Dates, and big sporting events including the Paralympics, World Cup Qualifiers, and 6 Nations.

First Dates

First Dates welcomes a new round of brave singletons into the restaurant in their quest to find love. A huge hit when it debuted on RTÉ2 last year, Ireland’s favourite dating show is back and bringing romance into our lives and our living rooms for a second series. In this new run of First Dates you can expect to follow the fortunes of hopeful romantics of all ages from all over the country as they lay it all on the line in the hope that Cupid’s arrow might strike when we pair them with their potentially perfect partner.

Bridget & Eamon

Bridget & Eamon are back! Still stuck in their marriage in the Irish mid-midlands, in the mid-80s with 6-to-8 kids. Bridget wants the lifestyle from the pages of Woman’s Way but wouldn’t want to think about how much it would take to heat South Fork. All Eamon wants is to put his feet up with the newspaper in front of the TV and do nothing. Not meet anyone, not buy anything, not go anywhere but Bridget and the 80s just won’t let him be. In series two of the RTÉ2 sitcom, Bridget & Eamon continue getting in over their heads as they get caught up in a local election, find new best friends, miss a telephone call, open a hair dressing salon and Eamon’s Mammy comes to visit.

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is a darkly comic drama about the unravelling of a friendship between two young women, as one of them starts to spiral out of control. Up-and-coming actors Seána Kerslake (A Date for Mad Mary) and Nika McGuigan (Philomena) star as Aisling and Danielle, two very different twentysomethings from Cork living and partying in Dublin. Aisling is used to getting her own way and Danielle, never one to hog the spotlight, is only too happy to go along with it. But something is changing and the reality they’ve been running from for a long time is catching up fast. Six-part series set in contemporary Dublin and written by Stefanie Preissner (Solpadeine is my Boyfriend), the supporting cast includes Amy Huberman as Aisling’s boss; Laurence Ó Fuarain; Muiris Crowley and Norma Sheahan. Produced for RTÉ2 by Ailish McElmeel and directed by Cathy Brady.

Vogue Williams – On the Edge

In this four-part series, fearless Vogue Williams investigates issues affecting the lives of her fellow Millennials; a generation born into cheap on-line synthetic drugs, an obsessive reverence for ‘the body beautiful’ and a sharp rise in body dysmorphia, gender dysphoria and social anxiety Issues. In Edge of Oblivion Vogue tackles the war on drugs asking if it can ever be won, meeting headshop entrepreneurs, visiting A&E to see the impact of synthetic drug use first hand and looking at harm reduction strategies in Switzerland. In Transgender Warriors she meets people who are bravely pushing the boundaries of gender - including a man who gave birth to his own daughter. In Addicted to Me, she looks at the modern obsession with the body beautiful and the lengths people will go to to get it; and in Trolled, Sextorted and Minutes from Death she shines a light on the real-world impact of online bullying, grooming, phishing, catfishing and scamming.

Des Bishop: This is Ireland

In this four part series, Comedian Des Bishop casts a wry eye over some of the key issues dogging Ireland for years, finding humour in the chaos. This is a funny show about important things. Every week, Des will take a close look at an aspect of Ireland that has troubled the country, and makes us laugh at it. Recorded live in front a theatre audience, the show will feature reports from Rubberbandits star Blindboy Boatclub among others, sketches, and vox pops with people giving their opinions on controversial issues. This is incisive, irreverent, critical comedy fuelled by the passion and drive of one of the most high profile popular comedians working in Ireland over the last fifteen years.

Then Comes Marriage?

Then Comes Marriage? gives couples who are engaged (or thinking about it!) the opportunity to prepare for their future life together at the ultimate relationship skills crash course. This pre-marriage bootcamp tackles everything from personal finances to family planning. Each week three couples decamp to a luxury country house for three days. Aided by leading relationship experts, psychologist Allison Keating and psychoanalyst Dr. Ray O’Neill, the couples undergo a series of eye-opening, specially designed tests and therapies. Facing the big questions they haven’t already asked – or they’ve been afraid to – Then Comes Marriage? is the definitive relationship tester.

Kevin McGahern’s America

Kevin McGahern’s America is a brand new series in which Kevin explores various aspects of American life - gun rights, intimacy in the digital age and whether you really can choose your family. With the US presidential election in full swing, Kevin dives into trigger-happy America to meet the paranoid patriots who want smaller government and bigger guns as they prepare from everything from hurricanes to the zombie apocalypse. He delves into the odd lives of internet sex workers who sell video intimacy from the comfort of their own homes and he meets the people redefining what it means to be family in surprising ways.

Reality Bites

The popular documentary series Reality Bites returns to shine a light in an entertaining and informative way on a range of contemporary issues affecting young Irish people. This year Reality Bites includes author Louise O’Neill exploring the issue of consent in Ireland in Asking For It; Stephen Byrne tackling the absence of openly gay sports stars in Playing it Straight; and former Mr World Kemal Ibrahim going behind the scenes at the Miss Nigeria-Ireland contest in Miss Nigeria Ireland. Carrick-on-Stag joins brides and grooms as they embark on one last raucous weekend; John Connors investigates the Black Lives Matters movement in John Connors’ America: Race Matters and Only Gay in the Village brings life for Ireland’s LGBT citizens out of the closet.


Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side will be live on RTÉ2 as qualification for World Cup 2018 in Russia gets underway. Ireland will take on Wales, Serbia, Austria, Georgia and Moldova in Group D beginning with the trip to Belgrade to take on Serbia on September 5. The UEFA Champions League Live returns with the group stages starting on RTÉ2 on Wednesday 14 September. In November, the Guinness Series Live see the Irish rugby team take on New Zealand, Australia and Canada in the Aviva Stadium with all three games live on RTÉ2.

American Drama

RTÉ2 remains the home of top quality American drama in Ireland with new series and returning favourites broadcasting throughout the year. Brand new mystery The Catch stars Mireille Enos as a private investigator conned out of millions by her fiancé (Peter Krause) who goes on a private mission for payback. Shot in Ireland, Vikings will return alongside other fan favourites including: Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder, Homeland, Elementary, Criminal Minds, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Person of Interest, Chicago PD, The Americans and Devious Maids.


Former world champion boxer Bernard Dunne joins the TRTÉ team with Bernard Dunne's Mythical Heroes, a brand new six-part series bringing the stories of the heroes of Irish mythology to life. Using a combination of drama reconstruction, documentary storytelling and animation, Bernard will take viewers to sites across Ireland synonymous with stories of Fionn MacCumhall, Cúchulain and the Children of Lir. Spooky Stakeout - The Movie is a feature length family adventure film featuring four young ghost-hunting schoolfriends hired to solve the vexing mystery of an ancient haunted castle in Ireland. Having solved two mysteries already, Team Spooky is surprised to find a common thread between all three but their ultimate goal remains finding a real ghost. Produced for RTÉ by Tailored Films, Spooky Stakeout - The Movie is aimed at 7-12-year-olds and the family audience. The RTÉ Animated Shorts Scheme '16 saw five shorts commissioned with three premiering on RTÉ2 this autumn. The scheme was established at the end of 2015 with the aim of supporting the development of new and emerging Irish animation talent. The three shorts premiering this autumn are: The Last Wrangler (Whackala Ltd); Urban Tails - Madra Rua (Pink Kong Studios) and The Totally Normal Everyday Adventure of Slaps & Sandbags. RTÉ’s flagship series for 7-12 year olds, Swipe TV, returns with even more great content for kids including new healthy lifestyle and drama strands plus lots of interactivity on Swipe TV's newly-enhanced App which is available 24/7 and features a number of new App exclusives. Presenters Claire and Simon - and Mebs the puppet - oversee more gunging mayhem on Mondays; on Wednesdays, Donncha O'Callaghan challenges viewers to get outdoors and get moving in 'Fit For Life' whilst Fridays see an exciting new mystery drama, Miss Mogul, and a super new series of Pop Up Pop Stars.

The Rubberbandits’ Guides

The Rubberbandits’ Guides is a four-part half-hour comedy series presented by comedians, part-time pop stars, and viral sensations the Rubberbandits. In each episode they take one subject (Sex, Money, The Internet and Reality) and bring us their own absolutely unique take on it - it’s like proper TV, except filled with jokes! The boys explore how money works, and how different approaches to filthy lucre create vastly different societies; they give their invaluable insights into the internet; use a large aquarium to explain the mating dance that keeps the human race alive; and reassure us all that what is happening to us, is actually real. Probably. The Rubberbandits’ Guides - just your average hybrid viral sitcom documentary, presented by two grown men wearing plastic bags.

RTÉ2 New Season