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PICS: Stars line out as Virgin Media Television announce their jam-packed spring schedule

The press briefing was held at The Alex Hotel

Lucy with IGT judges Jason Byrne and Denise Van Outen | Brian McEvoy

Virgin Media Television announced details of their spring 2019 schedule, at a press briefing held today in The Alex Hotel, Dublin.

Irish content and drama will continue to lead the way in the coming months, with the highly anticipated return of ‘Red Rock’, promising to be the most dramatic and explosive season yet.

Entertainment also tops the agenda, with the return of the country’s biggest talent search, ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’.

Judges Louis Walsh, Denise Van-Outen, Michelle Visage and Jason Byrne return to find Ireland’s next big star, and 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’.

Anna Daly and Simon Delaney | Brian McEvoy
Megan Barton Hanson and Wes Nelson from Love Island | Brian McEvoy

There’s even more for Love Island fans as ‘Love Island UK’ returns alongside brand new ‘Love Island USA’ and ‘Love Island Australia’ airing on Virgin Media Two.

‘Gogglebox Ireland’ will return 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 some of the most fascinating stories yet, including; ‘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’.

Gogglebox family Danielle, Laura and Des Grufferty | Brian McEvoy
Elaine Crowley | Brian McEvoy
Lisa Cannon | Brian McEvoy

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.

Virgin Media Television will also broadcast more live sport than ever before this spring with the return of the Heineken Champions Cup, the Guinness Six Nations, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and the biggest racing festivals this spring, including Cheltenham and Aintree.

Speaking at today’s press briefing, Virgin Media Television’s Director of Programming, Bill Malone, said, “We had a record year in 2018 with our best ever share of viewership, up 7% from the previous year.”

“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.”

Brian Kerr, Keith Andrews, Tommy Martin, Kevin Kilbane and Niall Quinn | Brian McEvoy
Joe Molloy and David Wallace | Brian McEvoy