Virgin Media Television announced details of its spring 2019 schedule yesterday and also revealed that its viewing numbers had climbed by 7 per cent over the course of 2019.
Sport features prominently on the schedule with the Guinness Six Nations and the Champions League returning next month and action from the Heineken Champions Cup in Rugby this weekend as well as major events in football and horse racing.
Irish content and drama will also be to the fore with the return of ‘Red Rock’, promising to be one of the most dramatic and explosive seasons yet.
Entertainment also tops the agenda, with the return of ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’. Judges Louis Walsh, Denise Van-Outen, Michelle Visage and Jason Byrne return to find Ireland’s next big star.
Lucy Kennedy will be back on hosting duties with Glenda Gilson and James Kavanagh bringing viewers all the backstage gossip and unseen auditions, as well as exclusive interviews on ‘Ireland’s, Got Mór Talent’.
‘Love Island UK’ returns alongside brand new ‘Love Island USA’ and ‘Love Island Australia’ airing on Virgin Media Two. That’s a lot of Love.
‘Gogglebox Ireland’ also returns for six special episodes, as Ireland’s most opinionated households get to feast their eyes on classic telly from across the decades, from the 80’s to the 90’s.
Factual content plays a big part of the schedule as the ‘True Lives’ documentary strand continues with ‘Paedophile Hunters’, ‘Missing: Fiona Sinnott’ and ‘Donncha O’Callaghan’s Afterlife’.
Virgin Media One will also broadcast a number of brand new documentary series including ‘Inside Ireland’s Biggest Prison’, ‘Fota Island’ and ‘Doctor in the House’.
Also, this Spring, Virgin Media Television will continue to support the Irish film and drama industry, with a season of Irish movie and feature films to coincide with the ‘Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival,’ which runs from 23rd February to 3rd March.
“We had a record year in 2018 with our best ever share of viewership, up 7% from the previous year,” said Bill Malone, Virgin Media Television’s Director of Programming.
“In 2019, we aim to continue that success story with a schedule defined by quality Irish programming and a year of big brand TV on Virgin Media Television including rugby’s greatest championship, the Guinness Six Nations; every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match live; the return of Ireland’s Got Talent, Red Rock and Gogglebox Ireland.”
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