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Rubberbandits do 1916 and Louise McSharry's 'F**k Cancer' - RTÉ2 unveils new season

What are you looking forward to watching?

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RTÉ TWO HAS launched its autumn season, including over 30 new series and 18 documentaries.

RTÉ2 Launch 15 Bressie, Vogue Williams and Baz Ashmawy at the launch. Source: Andres Poveda

The line-up is diverse, with a lot of home-grown productions such as Rubberbandits’ Guide to 1916 (“a crash course in Irish history”) and 2FM’s Louise McSharry’s personal journey in F**k Cancer.

Maia Dunphy, Angela Scanlon and Vogue Williams will each host a documentary series .

Dunphy will look at issues such as childbirth and the modern Irish emigrant experience, Scanlon will explore celebrity life for some well-known Irish names including WWE’s Sheamus in Close Encounters, and Williams will get to know women who defy traditional perceptions of females in the three-part series Mean Girls.

Baz Ashmawy will return to the station to explore his Islamic heritage in The Lost Muslim, while Bressie will seek to demonstrate the link between physical exercise and positive mental health, training four people to compete in a half-Ironman challenge in Bressie’s Iron Mind.

Other new factual programming includes two-part series The Guards which goes behind the scenes of frontline policing in Dublin’s city centre, and Young, Dumb and Deadly which looks at high profile Irish crimes caused by young people in Ireland and abroad.

New series Wasted will explore life for Ireland’s twentysomethings surviving on social welfare and unpaid internships, while Nurses follows six recently-graduated nurses at some of the country’s busiest hospitals.

The station will also air Panti: The Queen of Ireland, the feature-length documentary about Ireland’s most famous drag queen and self-styled “accidental activist”.

Comedy shows Republic of Telly, Hardy Bucks and The Fear are all returning, as are international shows such as Vikings, Homeland and CSI.

In terms of sport, RTÉ 2 will be screening reland’s remaining Euro 2016 qualifiers, the RBS 6 Nations title in-a-row, the All-Ireland Football final and the World Boxing Championships from Qatar.

There’ll also be Champions League action and SSE Airtricity League, as well as Second Captains Live.

Younger views will be catered for with shows such as Two Tube, Around the Block and News2Day.

More information on the full line-up is available here.

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