RTE launches new Once in a Lifetime season for November

RTÉ have launched new religious programming for the radio and television schedules in November.

A new season of programmes on RTÉ One to mark November as the month of All Souls under the title ‘Once in a Lifetime’ will explore attitudes towards death in Ireland. As part of this, the documentary A Parting Gift secures unprecedented access to tell the story of the Body Donation Programme at Trinity College, Dublin. Joe Duffy’s Spirit Level returns for a new series and the first programme explores contemporary beliefs about, and attitudes towards, death and the afterlife. 

One Million Dubliners, winner of the Best Documentary Feature prize at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, explores the stories surrounding Ireland’s largest and most famous resting place, Glasnevin Cemetery, through the eyes and experience of some of the people most closely connected with the place. In Guess Who’s Dead, comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon explores the changing life of the ‘Irish death notice’.

A new radio Sunday morning religious programme called Sunday Spirit will begin on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and 252 long wave on Sunday, November 2. The show will be a mixture of conversation, music, religious current affairs, features and archive, and will be built around the centrepiece of Sunday morning Masses and services.