Virgin Television’s new season schedule promises “best of original programming”

by Rachel Cunningham
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Virgin Media Television’s Director of Content has promised that its new season schedule will bring viewers the best of original programming.

“This year has been a stand-out year for Virgin Media Television, delivering record streaming figures, record growth in younger viewers for Virgin Media Two and the launch of our second new television channel this year, Virgin Media Four.

“Our new season schedule promises to continue this success with more Irish drama, more gripping documentaries, more Love Island, the Super Bowl live and a whole host of new series.

“It is Irish voices and Irish stories that are to the fore in VMTV’s new season schedule. From major new Irish dramas like Graham Norton’s ‘Holding’, to gripping documentary series like ‘Until Death’ and ‘How To Buy A Home’ and the illuminating series that is ‘Lucy Investigates’”, Bill Malone commented.

“VMTV is also enjoying a record year of streaming, with over 31 million streams on Virgin Media Player and On Demand this year, while the most streamed show in the country is still Love Island with 15 million streams for this year’s series alone”, he stated.

The director of content highlighted that the Virgin Media Two has refocused on its younger audience, noting that its share of viewing for 15-34 year-olds has grown by 57 per cent, while its audience, aged between 25 and 44, has increased by 54 per cent so far this year.

Programming highlights that viewers can look forward to include ‘The Vanishing Triangle’, a brand-new chilling six-part drama series, co-produced by Virgin Media Television and The Sundance Channel in the US. The series was inspired by true events that shocked Ireland in the 1990s, as a number of women in the east of the country vanished, without a trace.

A brand-new comedy drama series ‘Faithless’, co-written by and starring Baz Ashmawy will follow Irish-Egyptian dad, Sam, when he is presented with the life-altering responsibility of raising his three young daughters alone, while the landmark docu-series ‘Until Death’ will investigate the heartbreaking issue of domestic abuse and femicide in Ireland.

Virgin Media will also continue to support new and emerging local talent with ‘Virgin Media Discovers Short Film Competition’, in association with Screen Ireland.

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