TG4 has revealed its Autumn schedule in Galway with the return of Underdogs after a ten-year break as one of the highlights.

Paul Galvin, Valerie Mulcahy and Ray Silke are the selectors, putting a new group of hopefuls under pressure ahead of coming together as a team to face a top inter-county football team at the end of the series.

The weekly current affairs series ‘7 Lá’ returns and the highly acclaimed documentary series ‘Fíorscéal’ kicked off with the Irish broadcast premiere of John & Gerry McColgan’s hard-hitting film, ‘This is Palestine’, last Thursday, September 6th.

TG4 will also have an informative new series on the history, traditions and culture of food in Ireland – ‘Blasta’, as well as following a year in the life of the team in a renowned rural hotel, the ‘Shandon’, in Donegal.

Series’ such as ‘Bailte’, ‘Gaeil UK’, ‘Turas Bóthar’, ‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’ and ‘Bádóirí’ give us a unique insight into the lives of ordinary people and particular communities, in Ireland and Britain.

Sports coverage on TG4 will feature strongly, including a new programme, building up to the big match will be broadcast live the night before, 15th September, from the Mansion House in Dublin, with lots of music, sports stars and other female role models taking centre stage.

The Irish broadcaster will also deliver the best of the Guinness Rugby PRO14 championship, as well as the County Finals and AIB Club championship in football and hurling, between October and December 2018, with a live match every Sunday.

There will be a new series of ‘Sé Mo Laoch’, including Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn, Arty McGlynn & Sarah Ghriallais.

Music will also be to the fore with ‘Gradam Cheoil TG4’, ‘Tradfest’, ‘Lurgan 2K18’ and ‘Junior Eurovision’. As well as country music in the shape of ‘Opry le Daniel’, ‘Glór Tíre’ and the ‘Irish Post Country Music Awards’, which we will be broadcast live from the Millennium Forum in Derry, on the 11th September.

“People recognise themselves in TG4 programming,” said TG4 Director General Alan Esslemont.

“They can relate to material which is inspired by them. They appreciate that TG4 constantly strives to provide the most comprehensive mix possible, at the highest quality, from our ‘Súil Eile’ perspective, for our viewers at home and abroad.”

“We are particularly proud this year of the strong output in Entertainment and our powerful documentaries. We are constantly increasing our presence on digital platforms as well, so that people can access us worldwide through the player at, or on our app which is available in IOS, Android and SmartTV versions.”

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