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Today we announced details of our Spring TV Schedule with two of the biggest new Irish drama series set to launch in 2022, brand new Irish factual and entertainment shows, the very best of live sport and international entertainment, along with brand new boxset drops on Virgin Media Player including iconic 90’s hit show ‘Baywatch’.
This Spring, Virgin Media Television will bring audiences some of the biggest and best dramas, including our brand-new Irish drama series ‘Holding’.
Based on the best-selling novel by Graham Norton, the series was filmed in Cork and features Oscar-winner Brenda Fricker and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), as well as a host of fimilar faces and new stars in the making.
‘Redemption’ is also on its way and tells the story of Liverpool based Detective Colette Cunningham (Paula Malcomson) who returns to Dublin to uncover the truth when she learns of the death of her estranged daughter Kate.
Both series are co-produced by Virgin Media Television and ITV Studios, in association with Screen Ireland.
Brand-new hard-hitting factual series from VMTV include ‘The Criminal Assets Bureau’, offering unprecedented access to the main investigators responsible for seizing the assets of some of Ireland’s most notorious criminals. This series will look at the agency’s first 25 years and shows the Irish public CAB’s importance at both a national and international level, especially its role as a model for seizing the assets of organised crime worldwide.
This Spring also sees the return of the highly acclaimed series ‘The Guards: Inside The K’, as we join the Gardaí on the front line as they continue to tackle Ireland’s criminals head on.
‘Crash Scene Investigates’ starts on Virgin Media One on Tuesday 18th January. This four-part series tells the real-life stories of Irish car crashes, how they happened and the long-term impact they caused, with contributions from bereaved families, first-responders, Garda and forensic investigators.
Lucy Kennedy is back in a brand-new four-part series ‘Lucy’s Tribes’, which sees her try to disarm and charm four fascinating factions of Irish society, allowing the viewer unprecedented access into their lives. This is a new departure for Lucy and one that is bound to be full of shocks and surprises as she immerses herself into lifestyles that are way off her beaten track.
Heart-warming Irish dating format ‘Generation Dating’ has now been commissioned for its first series and sees Irish singletons in their twenties matched up with the over 65’s to help one and other find love. Alongside the warmth and charm, the show will explore a changing Ireland, reflected in the shared experiences of two people of very different ages and backgrounds, as we see what happens when they come together to help each other in their search for the perfect partner.
The entertainment doesn’t stop there as the nations favourite TV critics are back on our screens this January for ‘Gogglebox: The Best Of’, as we look back on the tears and laughter over the last season.
VMTV will remain the home of the biggest sporting events in the calendar with the Men’s ‘Guinness Six Nations’ returning, and the Women’s and Under 20s tournaments broadcasting on the channel for the first time. The ‘UEFA Champions League’, ‘UEFA Europa League’ and ‘UEFA Europa Conference League’ will make its return in February. Plus, all nine games from the ‘UEFA European Qualifiers Play-off Finals’ will air from 24th March.
We’ll also bring viewers the best of horseracing with ‘Cheltenham’ kicking off in March and ‘Aintree Grand National Festival’ in April.
‘Bellator MMA’ is back and live from Dublin in March as Northern Ireland’s Leah McCourt will take on Ireland's most-recent title challenger Sinead Kavanagh for what looks set to become the biggest Irish female fight ever.
As the 2022 AFL Women’s season kicks off Down Under, we’re bringing the best of the action in our bespoke new show, ‘AFLW Highlights’. Will Dalton is joined by former Melbourne player and five-time All-Ireland winner with Dublin, Niamh McEvoy, to analyse the games, discuss the big talking points and the latest from the 14 Irish players in Australia.
With over 45.5 million streams last year and listed in the top ten Google searches of 2021, Virgin Media Player continues to offer the very best of free online content with brand new boxsets dropping this year including ‘Baywatch’, season one, two and three, as we bring you some sun and sand this January.
Plus, all three seasons of costal crime drama series ‘The Bay’ from 24th January accompanied by ‘The Tower’ and true-life drama series ‘Anne’, which is currently airing on Virgin Media One on Thursday nights at 9pm and tells the extraordinary story of Anne Williams, a Liverpool housewife whose 15-year-old son Kevin was tragically crushed to death in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and her quest for justice.
If reality is more you, then check out our ‘VMTV Reality’ playlist as all new ‘WAG’s LA’, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’, ‘Real Housewives of Miami’, ‘Love Island Australia’, and many more are ready to be binge watched with just the click of a button and all for free.
The drama doesn’t stop there as Virgin Media Television will be showing thriller series ‘Hollington Drive’ from acclaimed screenwriter Sophie Petzal (Blood) and
‘The Holiday’, which launches in March with a leading Irish cast including Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve), Siobhan Hewlett, Andrew Macklin, Lara McDonald and Aidan McCann (Red Rock). Shot in Dublin, this four-part series stars Jill Halfpenny, a wife who discovers her husband is having an affair with one of her friends but which friend. Whilst in tandem a murder takes place as all concerned are enjoying a luxury group family’s holiday in the sun.
Viewers will enjoy the very best of international entertainment with ‘The Masked Singer’ as Rita Ora, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan guess who the mystery singers are alongside; ‘Dancing on Ice’ starts this Sunday with a new line-up of celebs taking to the rink; ‘The John Bishop Show’ takes centre stage on Virgin Media One; Ant and Dec return for another series of ‘Saturday Night Takeaway’; ‘The Cabins’ is back on Virgin Media Two, giving contestants just 24 hours to find love; ‘Gordon, Gino & Fred’ are going ‘Greek’ in their latest culinary adventures; and the anticipated return of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – there really is something for everyone this Spring on Virgin Media Television.
To mark the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, VMTV, in association with Screen Ireland, will air a special week of Irish films and will broadcast the two short films that won last year’s Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition. ‘Water Under The Bridge’, a story about a refugees (Bilal) journey in a small Irish town. Protesting his father's warnings, he leaves the confines of Direct Provision to venture into this new world for the first time and ‘Punchline’; on the night of a transphobic attack, a transgender comedian processes her feelings the only way she knows how, via stand-up comedy.
Bill Malone, Director of Content, Virgin Media Television said: "2021 has been a stand-out year for Virgin Media Television with a record share of viewing for adults and younger viewers (15–44-year-olds). 2021 was also a year when our free Virgin Media Player broke all previous records with over 45.5 million streams with box sets of top drama, reality and true crime proving particularly popular.
"And our plans for 2022 kick-off in earnest from the off, with the best in entertainment from The Masked Singer to Dancing on Ice; two major Irish dramas, in ‘Holding’ and ‘Redemption’, a gripping insight into the real life world of Irish gangsters with the documentary series ‘The Criminal Assets Bureau’; the return of ‘The Guards: Inside The K’ and the biggest days in sport from Six Nations and Champions League to Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals.”