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RTÉ2 unveil new season shows including Rubberbandits, Panti and our own Vogue

TVBy Daragh Keany
Panti: The Queen of Ireland should be worth a watch
Panti: The Queen of Ireland should be worth a watch

RTÉ2 revealed today what they will be bringing to us over the next few months and it looks like there will be a lot of home-grown TV to enjoy during the winter months.

RTÉ2 revealed their upcoming slate of shows today and it sees the return of many old favourites alongside some exciting looking new programmes.

Popular shows like Republic of Telly, Second Captains Live and Hardy Bucks will all return to our screens but it is some of the new shows that really catch the eye.

The Rubberbandits are presenting their guide to 1916 and the blurb suggests it will be a bit different to the normal historical documentary.

Join the boys as they crash through Irish history from Brian Boru, through the Famine and right up to Irish independence, with the help of the trout of no craic, Willie O'DJ, some lads from the local takeaway and a goat. It’s like real history, but interesting.

In other documentaries, Louise McSharry will detail her battle with cancer in F*** cancer, while a feature-length doc on Ireland's most famous drag queen, Panti: The Queen of Ireland, should be great viewing too.

Sunday World columnist Vogue Williams will host three-part show Mean Girls, in which she will meet women who challenge the perception of the 'fairer sex'. The sexually adventurous, the MMA fighting and some law breaking women are all promised to feature.

Baz Ashmawy is also back on Irish screens as he explores his Muslim heritage in The Lost Muslim while Bressie will continue his fantastic work to highlight mental health issues by hosting Bressie’s Iron Mind where four people will be trained to take part in an endurance race to show the benefits of exercise to mental well-being.

Also an Irish version of popular Channel 4 show First Dates was announced today while big name imports Vikings, Homeland and CSI will also be shown this season.

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