Virgin Media Television has announced details of its Spring 2021 schedule – including expanded News and Current Affairs coverage, and brand new entertainment shows.
The station also shared plans for a major revamp of Virgin Media’s free Player, with a brand new 90 day catch up window.
The revamped player will offer viewers a wide-ranging choice of free online content – from live TV and sport, to unmissable boxsets like The Pembrokeshire Murders and Love Island USA.
VMTV will expand its News and Current Affairs output by moving the The Tonight Show from three to four nights a week with Ciara Doherty and Matt Cooper at the helm, deconstructing the news and stories that have the country talking.
As for entertainment, the station has promised a brand new series of Gogglebox Ireland, and they’ve also introduced a new series called Eating With The Enemy.
Launching in March, the show will see strangers with extreme opposite views paired together for a meal to see what happens when they come face to face.
They may disagree on paper, but can the act of honest conversation and breaking bread form unlikely bonds in this new social experiment?
Ivan Yates will also mark his return to TV with a new weekly entertainment sports show, The Green Room, on Friday nights.
Every week, Ivan will be joined by Paddy Power, impressionist and TV broadcaster Conor Moore and a special guest, with comedy and competitions to help kickstart your weekend.
Ivan’s upcoming guests include Peter Crouch, Jamie Redknapp and Shane Lowry.
Next up, a brand new series of 24-Hour Pet Emergency will offer viewers an insight into the Veterinary Hospital in UCD, where we’ll meet sick animals and their desperate owners as they look for cures for their beloved pets.
From a paralysed dog who finally gets the chance to walk again, to a parrot who needs a magnet retrieved from its stomach, no two days are ever the same at the Vet Hospital.
VMTV has also announced the launch of Crash Scene Investigates, a four-part series telling real life stories of Irish car crashes, how they happened and the long term impact they caused.
The new series will deconstruct and re-tell the stories of shocking Irish road incidents with contributions from bereaved families, first-responders, Garda and forensic investigators.
These major collisions happen in the blink of an eye and result in life changing circumstances. Could they have been prevented or is it simply wrong place, wrong time?
As for sport, Virgin Media One will have live coverage of the Guinness Six Nations, kicking off in February, as well as the Heineken Champions Cup.
Virgin Media Sport will also cover the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, beginning next month, and the best of UK horse racing including the Aintree, Cheltenham and Goodwood Festivals.
As for international entertainment, viewers can tune into The Masked Singer and The Voice UK on Virgin Media One, ITV’s new dating show The Cabins on Virgin Media Two, and a brand new series of Love Island USA, coming to Virgin Media Two this Spring.
Dancing on Ice also kicks off on Virgin Media One this Sunday, with a brand new line-up of celebs taking to the rink including Myleene Klass, Jason Donovan and Denise Van Outen.
Ant and Dec will also return for a brand new series of Saturday Night Takeway in February, and there will be six brand new episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire with Jeremy Clarkson.
Bill Malone, Virgin Media Television, Director of Content said: “Following on from a very strong performance in the second half of last year which saw significant audience growth, VMTV has a great Spring schedule to kick start 2021.”
“Trusted news and information has never been more important and we are expanding our News and Current Affairs output, as The Tonight Show goes to four nights a week.”
“And while there is no shortage of entertainment from The Masked Singer and Dancing on Ice to Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Take Away, it is Irish programming that is at the heart of the schedule.”
“Gogglebox Ireland is back, as is Ivan Yates in The Green Room, along with a host of new series such as 24-Hour Pet Emergency, Crash Scene Investigates and Eating With The Enemy.”
“Today we also announce a major revamp of our free Virgin Media Player, where we are dropping full box sets of our content like new series of Love Island USA, The Bay and The Pembrokeshire Murders and an expanded 90 day catch up service.”