A second series of Blood featuring Adrian Dunbar, a new drama called The Deceived by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and Darklands, a gangland thriller from Cardboard Gangsters writer Mark O’Connor, are just some of the original dramas that Virgin Media Television (VMTV) has lined up for its Autumn schedule which was unveiled this week.
In addition, the broadcaster’s popular Red Rock returns for a gripping and final two-part conclusion called Red Rock: The Finale.
A major feature of the Autumn schedule is live sports and viewers will be able to watch UEFA Champions League & UEFA Europa League, EURO 2020 Qualifiers, Heineken’s Champions Cup Rugby, The Six Nations and the best of UK horseracing including the Cheltenham and Aintree Grand National Festivals.
In addition, a new sports news programme will launch this season each Monday and Friday on Virgin Media One. Virgin Media Sport Tonight will combine the sports news of the day with opinion on the big sporting issues from a panel of expert guests.
Elsewhere, Lucy Kennedy is back with another series of Living with Lucy, bringing viewers to homes of the stars including Gráinne Seoige’s sumptuous abode in South Africa to Barry Keoghan’s hangout in Hollywood.
Real life crime and policing also features strongly this season with unprecedented access to the workings of Garda District K in the brand-new series Inside The Guards, while Prison Breaks looks at life behind bars and entrepreneurship to see if criminal minds can be turned into business brains.
Other audience favourites like Gogglebox Ireland is back for another series while following on from this summer’s success, Love Island returns for a second winter edition set in South Africa.
Elsewhere, comedian John Bishop goes on a road trip around the country in John Bishop’s Ireland. Other returning favourites include Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Coronation Street, Emmerdale plus brand new series of The Bay and Man Hunt.
Speaking at the launch this week in Studio 2 at VMTV, Director of Content, Bill Malone, said:
“The past twelve months has seen us build great momentum at Virgin Media Television. This comes on the back of significant investment in our people, studios and infrastructure, ensuring that we are ideally placed to connect with and grow our audience into the future, be it on TV or on demand.”
“Today we announce a schedule with more news, more sport, more Irish drama, more Irish made programming and more investment in Irish content than ever before. And that is set to increase further as we build connections with international distributors to launch new Irish formats with global ambition”.