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VMTV has launched its forthcoming season schedule with several new programmes joining long-standing favourites

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Filming begins for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding

Filming begins for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding

Filming begins for television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel Holding

A new Irish crime thriller series, a big nationwide talent show search and a major new series based on Graham Norton’s novel are among the latest programmes coming to Virgin Media Television.

VMTV has launched its forthcoming season schedule with several new programmes joining long-standing favourites including Gogglebox Ireland, Living with Lucy and The Guards: Inside the K.

A number of new documentaries will also screen over the forthcoming season, including OnlyFans: Ireland’s X-Rated, which looks at some of the Irish people making huge money on the controversial site. The Murder Files: The Killing of Jason Corbett’ will examine the vicious killing of the Limerick dad of two, including never-seen-before police tapes and crime scene footage.

Large-scale new entertainment show The Big Deal begins on Virgin Media One on September 4th. Judges Boy George, Jedward, JLS’s Aston Merrygold, Deirdre O’Kane and Lyra will join host Vogue Williams in a search to find Ireland’s next major talent.

Two of VMTV’s most high-profile arrivals in the months ahead are drama series. Currently shooting in West Cork, Holding is an adaptation of Graham Norton’s’ best-selling novel and is a co-production with ITV. Backed by Screen Ireland, it boasts an impressive cast including Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones).

The Hunger Games star Paula Malcomson with join Derry Girls’ Siobhan McSweeney and actor Moe Dunford for Redemption, another ITV co-production. Shot in Dublin this year, the dark crime drama tells the story of DI Colette Cunningham who learns that her estranged daughter Kate has died by suicide. With her life turned upside down, Colette resolves to stay in Ireland to work for the Garda.  But what will she unearth about the events leading up to Kate’s death, and the life that her daughter chose to build for herself.

Generation Dating is a new series which matches up lonely Irish singletons in their twenties with people over 65 in a generational bid to manage each other’s dating choices and ultimately find love. Another dating show, Ready to Mingle, debuts in September.

Gogglebox Ireland will return, as will Living with Lucy whose guests this year include Paul Gascoigne.

Ireland’s Unidentified Bodies is a four-part series that follows the efforts of Gardaí and forensic scientists as they try to solve the mysteries of the many Irish bodies without a name. Crime Does Pay: 25 Years of CAB will explore the successes of the Criminal Assets Bureau and how it has transformed the way organised crime is policed in Ireland.

VMTV will remain the home of the biggest sporting events in the calendar with the Men’s Guinness Six Nations returning, and will also broadcast the women’s and under 20s tournaments for the first time. Champions League, Europa League and Conference League action will also be broadcast. Sports Stories returns and will feature a two-part interview with Paul McGrath.

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“Today we announce our most ambitious new season schedule yet,” said Bill Malone, Virgin Media Television Director of Content. “We have teamed up with international partners to put more money on screen, to give audiences the biggest entertainment, drama and sports offering ever.”

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