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Saturday 3 December 2016

Rubberbandits, the gardai and Panti to keep you glued to RTE2

Pictured at the RTÉ2 new season launch (front) Carla O'Brien, Jennifer Maguire, Sinead Kennedy, Baz Ashmawy, Vogue Williams and Panti Bliss, (back) Blathnaid Treacy, Stephen Byrne, Louise McSharry, Angela Scanlon and Al Porter. Pic
Pictured at the RTÉ2 new season launch (front) Carla O'Brien, Jennifer Maguire, Sinead Kennedy, Baz Ashmawy, Vogue Williams and Panti Bliss, (back) Blathnaid Treacy, Stephen Byrne, Louise McSharry, Angela Scanlon and Al Porter. Pic

The Rubberbandits' Guide to 1916, Ireland's answer to First Dates and Panti's long-awaited documentary are all part of the new schedule on RTE2.

While long-time favourites such as Republic of Telly, The Fear and Don't tell the Bride are all returning, there will be plenty of new shows to keep you glued to the box this winter.

Reality Bites series 'F*** Cancer' follows Louise McSharry during her battle with Hodkin's Lymphoma and the 2fm DJ admitted it was a tough decision to bring the cameras with her during her treatment.

"My husband Gordon is very private but he decided it was worth doing this," Louise told the Herald.

"This happens to thousands of people and the more information they have, the better.

"That got me through any days I didn't want to do it. I wanted it to be a true reflection about the experience," she added.

Other familiar faces returning for the new season include Maia Dunphy, who'll be looking at childbirth, Baz Ashmawy will explore his heritage in The Lost Muslim, and Bressie is testing the link between mental health and exercise in Bressie's Iron Mind. "We're still in the middle of filming and it is without a doubt the most rewarding thing I've ever been a part of when it comes to TV," Bressie said. Other new shows include Nine Stone Lighter, which follows Jules Coll through her life-changing gastric-band surgery, the reality of frontline policing in Dublin's city centre is looked at in The Guards and Young, Dumb and Deadly looks at high-profile Irish crimes caused by young people in Ireland and abroad.

For the sporting fans out there, action this season includes Ireland's remaining Euro 2016 qualifiers, the RBS 6 Nations and the World Boxing Championships in Qatar.

Meanwhile, international drama returning this season includes Vikings, Homeland, Outlander and Grey's Anatomy.

Channel Controller of RTE2 Bill Malone said he's "particularly proud" of the new schedule especially the "strong female voices".

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