Tales of crime and corruption in Ireland. These sound extremely interesting.
With new documentaries on the likes of Eamon DeValera in America, Richard Harris, and Martin McGuinness, it's clear that TG4 have made a serious commitment to the documentary genre.
However, as TV fans will know, this isn't a new development because Season 1 of their award-winning show Finné was exceptional.
To the station's immense credit, they saw the changing trend in the documentary genre and embraced the style of Netflix with their series. What made Finné so unique though was that each story was specific to an Irish event.
We're delighted to say that Season 2 returns on Wednesday, 2 October at 9:30pm. The new season will consist of six episodes and will aim to shine a light into the darkest corners of Irish society
Filmed over 12 months by Galway’s Tua Films and presented by RTE’s courts correspondent, Orla O’Donnell, Finné recounts intimate stories of triumphs and traumas, of dogged resilience and human frailties.
In terms of the individual episodes, here are the topics that will be explored;
Episode 1: Mayo native Sophia Murphy tells her remarkable story of triumph over adversity as she comes to terms with her father’s conviction in 2018. Sophia's father had been sexually abusing her from the age of 3.
Episode 2: Former Post Office manager Tony O’ Reilly recounts how he stole €1.75 million from An Post and gambled €10 million through one Paddy Power betting account, before being sent to prison.
Episode 3: Amy Dunne (or Miss D) recalls her fight through the courts to be allowed to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2007 when she became pregnant with a fatal foetal abnormality as a teenager.
Episode 4: Paddy Merrigan chronicles how he struggled with his mental health while enjoying his meteoric rise to fame and fall from grace as a racing jockey. Now, he’s ready for his comeback.
Episode 5: Former Garda Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire looks back at his investigation into the Father Greene sexual abuse case in Donegal, one of the worst cases of sexual abuse that this country has ever seen.
Episode 6: Francie McGuigan and Liam Shannon recount their experiences of being subjected to mental and physical maltreatment when interned in 1970s Belfast.
This 6 x 60-minute original production promises a gripping and rare insight into these high-profile stories as told through the eyes of those still bearing the scars and living with the consequences. It reinforces TG4’s reputation for fresh, bold programming featuring extraordinary Irish stories.
Finné begins on Wednesday, 2 October at 9.30pm on TG4.