Here's what you can look forward to on the box over the autumn and winter months....
There's loads of stuff coming up for TV fans.
Summer holidays have come to a close, and - while we’re all missing the sunshine - it’s not all bad news. If you’re a TV fan, some great programming has been announced for autumn/winter, and the darker evenings will give us the chance to really take advantage of it all.
Here’s what you can look forward to…
RTÉ’s Autumn TV season
RTÉ launched its Autumn TV season in August, and there’s something in there for everyone.
Viewer favourites like Dancing with the Stars, Bridget and Eamon and Ireland’s Fittest Families will be back, as well as The Tommy Tiernan Show, and Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge. Brendan O’Connor will also be hosting a new interview show – Brendan O’Connor’s Time Out.
But along with these favourites, there are also plenty of new offerings - including new drama Taken Down from the creative team behind Love/Hate, and Resistance - a drama set during the War of Independence, culminating in Bloody Sunday.
In terms of comedy, Finding Joy - written by and starring Amy Huberman - will centre around a woman who finds herself thrust into the limelight as she tries to get over a break-up. Huberman will star alongside Aisling Bea, Laura Whitmore and Jennifer Rainsford.
On top of this, Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin have written Women on the Verge, a darkly comic tale about three friends whose lives are going in the wrong direction.
Podge and Rodge are coming back, with Doireann Garrihy on board as a co-host, and Vogue Williams is also back with three new shows looking at the life of Instagrammers, trial by social media and whether monogamy has a future.
On top of all this, Bertie Ahern, Laura Whitmore, Damien Dempsey, Adrian Dunbar, Pat Shortt and Samantha Power will explore their roots in a new six-part Who Do You Think You Are? Series.
RTÉ will also have some European “see it firsts” including the second series of Mr Mercedes, starring Brendan Gleeson and the new hit series Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh.
What’s coming up on Virgin Media (formerly TV3)?
If you’re a TV fan, you’ll probably have noticed by now that TV3, 3e and Be3 are gone from your planner, and have been replaced with Virgin Media One, Two and Three.
And, along with this change, there are also some new shows on the way for autumn/winter.
Drama fans will want to tune in to new, original series Blood, which stars Adrian Dunbar, and those interested in current affairs will no doubt be interested in Pat Kenny’s new show Pat Kenny’s Big Debate, which will cover topical issues like housing, politics and Brexit.
For documentary fans, some of the highlights include Inside James’s, which goes behind the scenes at the Dublin hospital, and Revolting Ireland, fronted by Simon Delaney, which looks at the story of protesting in modern Ireland.
There’s also a new series called The Town, which was filmed across one year in Portlaoise, as well as an investigative programme on the Hutch and Kinahin feud.
Meanwhile, the likes of Doctor in the House, Ireland AM, Ireland’s Got Talent and The Tonight Show are all back, along with ten new episodes of Red Rock, which will surely prove hugely popular.
Lucy Kennedy is also back for a new series of Living with Lucy. This time around she’ll be shacking up with the likes of Nadine Coyle, Gemma Collins and Nathan Carter.
And, on the sports front, Virgin Media Sport also has loads coming up, all kicking off on 18 September with the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
What about Netflix and NOW TV?
If you’re not interested in traditional TV - or you don’t have a TV package - because you prefer to use a streaming service, there’s still loads of brilliant content to enjoy over the next few months.
Netflix has original dramas like 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black, Ozark, Stranger Things, The Crown, Narcos and Mindhunter, all of which have proven really popular.
And there’s plenty on there for comedy fans too, with Matt Groening’s new show Disenchantment, and favourites like Glow, Bojack Horseman and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Meanwhile, quality documentary series, like The Defiant Ones, Last Chance U, Making a Murderer and The Keepers, along with hundreds of movies, will ensure you’re not left short of something to binge on.
This includes loads of really popular titles like The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones, Sharp Objects, and The Affair. And there are also some classics on there, including all the series of Desperate Housewives.
Meanwhile, the Sky Cinema Pass has over 1,000 movies on demand, so if you’re a movie fan, you can’t go wrong!