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€5.5M Allocated to 119 Projects via BAI Sound & Vision Scheme
22 May 2017 | The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has allocated just over €5m of this funding to television projects, with ‘Darklands’ from Parallel Film Productions and ‘Ballybradan’ from Treehouse Republic leading the awards with €500,000 each. 
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Tile Films’ Shipwreck Docudrama 'An Long Chaillte' to air on TG4
22 May 2017 | The project which is also known under English title ‘The Lost Ship, originally premiered on the channel in 2015, and will return to air on both Friday June 2nd at 20:20 and Saturday June 3rd at 23:35. 
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Al Porter to Host TV3’s ‘Blind Date’
19 May 2017 | Today, TV3 unveiled comedy superstar Al Porter as the host of its brand new entertainment show ‘Blind Date’. 
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Irish Talent Longlisted for the TV Choice Awards
18 May 2017 | Voting for the TV Choice Awards has opened this week with the first round of voting ending on June 2, before voting on the official shortlist goes live on June 27. 
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'Pinkalicious & Peterrific' New Animated Series for US Network PBS Kids by Sixteen South
18 May 2017 | It has been announced that Northern Ireland animation studio Sixteen South (Lily's Driftwood Bay) will be involved in producing a new kid's animated series called 'Pinkalicious & Peterrific' based on the best-selling HarperCollins book series 'Pinkalicious' written by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann. 
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Horror titles ‘The Lodgers’ & ‘Muse’ join slate of Irish Films Selling at Cannes 2017
17 May 2017 | The Irish Film Board backed both projects, with ‘[Rec]’ director Jaume Balagueró directing the first and Irish talent Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey) the second. 
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RTÉ’s 'Painting the Nation' on the hunt again for Ireland’s best amateur painters
16 May 2017 | RTÉ One’s 'Painting the Nation' is on the hunt for Ireland's budding artists to take part in a second series of the amateur painting competition. 
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'End of Sentence’ featuring ‘Into the Badlands’ Actress Sarah Bolger to film in Ireland this month
16 May 2017 | Elfar Adalsteins (Sailcloth) is set to make his feature debut with the project, which is written by Michael Armbruster (Beautiful Boy) and will also star John Hawkes (Winter's Bone) and Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). 
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Dramatic Figures for Sunday Night on RTÉ One
15 May 2017 | Sunday night drama on RTÉ One delivered a stellar performance as an hour-long Fair City episode was watched by 539,000 (40% share) and much-anticipated new series Redwater debuted with 495,000 (38% share). 
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Ned Dennehy stars in BBC’s New Catholic Priest Drama ‘Broken’
15 May 2017 | IFTA winner Ned Dennehy (An Klondike) is to appear in Jimmy McGovern’s new landmark six-part BBC One drama ‘Broken’ alongside actors Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) & Anna Friel (Tomato Red) 
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“Ireland felt right,” ‘Redwater’ Exec on choosing Ireland as location for new ‘EastEnders’ spinoff series
12 May 2017 | The new Kat & Alfie spinoff TV drama ‘Redwater’ starts this weekend on RTÉ One, Sunday, May 14th at 9.30pm ahead of BBC One’s broadcast on Thursday 18th May. 
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“In season 5 we said wouldn't it be terrific to see the Vikings on camels,” Exec Producer, Morgan O’Sullivan Interview
11 May 2017 | IFTN speaks with Morgan O’Sullivan the 'Vikings' Executive Producer and Managing Director of World 2000 Entertainment the Wicklow production company behind making the past 4 and currently 5th series of the historical epic drama for the History channel in the US. 
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Ireland to introduce 9pm watershed for unhealthy food advertising aimed at children
10 May 2017 | Regulators are hoping to introduce a 9pm watershed for the advertising of unhealthy foods on television and radio in Ireland. 
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Derval O’Rourke Returns to ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ for New 2017 Series
10 May 2017 | ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ is back for a fifth series Irish Olympic hurdler, Derval O’Rourke, is to return to the coaching panel after a two year break. 
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Tommy Bowe lines out for new ‘Getaways’ series on RTÉ One
09 May 2017 | Rugby star Tommy Bowe will join presenting team Joe Lindsay, Mairead Ronan and Vogue Williams in the new run of RTÉ One holiday series ‘Getaways’. 
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‘Fight Game: The McGuigans’ the new 3-part BBC documentary filmed in Belfast & Coalisland
09 May 2017 | A new three-part observational documentary about former professional boxer Barry McGuigan, ‘Fight Game: The McGuigans’ has been commissioned by BBC One. It will air on BBC One Northern Ireland Wednesday May 17 at 22:40. 
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New BBC Drama ‘Come Home’ to film in Northern Ireland
08 May 2017 | BBC One has commissioned a new drama series, ‘Come Home’, which will be filmed and set in Northern Ireland. 
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EastEnders Spin-Off ‘Redwater’ to air on RTÉ One 4 days ahead of its BBC broadcast
05 May 2017 | It has been announced that the thrilling new six part ‘EastEnders’ spin-off drama ‘Redwater’ filmed in Waterford will first air on RTÉ One Sunday, May 14th at 9.30pm four days before its expected broadcast on BBC One on Thursday 18th May 
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Glasgow Film Theatre Screening Irish History Series
04 May 2017 | Glasgow Film Theatre are running a season called Screening Irish History: Outsiders’ Histories running this month from the 8th – 29th May with each screening followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. 
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Minister Humphreys announces special focus on Irish arts in Britain for 2018
04 May 2017 | The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Thursday 4th May) announced that Culture Ireland will place a strategic focus on the promotion of Irish arts in Britain during 2018. The year-long programme will aim to showcase Irish artistic excellence in partnership with significant UK institutions, venues and festivals. This will build on the unique cultural relationship between the two countries and expand the reach of Irish culture to new audiences. 
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