A Cork veterinarian will ‘star’ in a new RTÉ reality TV show.
The ‘Cat Hospital’ is one of the new shows in the state broadcaster’s programming for the autumn.
The show is named after The Cat Hospital vet practice on Barnavara Hill, in Glanmire, run by Clare Meade. It is Ireland’s only purpose-built veterinary facility solely for cats.
The cameras follow Clare and her team of veterinary specialists as they attend to some poorly felines.
The team are not Glanmire’s only representatives — actor Sarah Greene is starring in a new drama, Dublin Murders, which also features Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Killian Scott.
Based on the Dublin Murder Squad series by crime novelist Tana French, the drama has been adapted for the screen by screenwriter Sarah Phelps and is set during the Celtic Tiger.
The series will focus on two murder investigations led by ambitious and charismatic Detectives Rob Reilly and Cassie Maddox.
The new season will also see the return of Cork’s favourite delinquents, in series three of The Young Offenders.
And a Cork learner driver features in a reality show called The Test. Each episode will follow a learner on their journey to their driving test.
RTÉ’s new programming will also address climate change.
“Climate and environmental issues remain one of our greatest challenges,” the broadcaster said. “This November, to put a focus on the scale of the problem, RTÉ will devote an entire week of investigations, events, and debate to the issue. A Youth Assembly will be the heart of our RTÉ on ‘Climate Week,’ where 157 young people will meet in the Dáil to debate the issues.”
Speaking at the launch, RTÉ director-general, Dee Forbes, said: “Public service media has never been more important.
“Independent journalism, local stories, home-grown performers, writers and artists: these are what you will see in a diverse schedule, which, across television, radio and online, underlines how important public service media is in reflecting who we were, who we are today, and where we’re going.”