RTÉ reveals what’s in store for kids on RTÉjr

RTÉ has announced its new schedule of programmes and content for the autumn for RTÉjr.

Shows on the standalone, commercial free, children’s service for the 0-7 yr olds include Pop Goes The Weekend and Nelly and Nora, who make the move to radio for the first time.

Speaking about the new schedule, Sheila de Courcy, Group Head of Children’s Content and Controller, RTÉjr, said; “Each year we aim to bring fresh ideas and new insights to younger viewers, and this year is no exception. Our schedule for children includes: new documentaries, animation, series about space, history, science and manufacturing; new twists on classic tales and a brand new weekend entertainment show. This is public service broadcasting at its best.”

On RTÉjr across television, radio and on its free app highlights this autumn include:

· Pop Goes The Weekend, RTÉjr’s brand new weekend entertainment show featuring Clara, John, Seamus, our favourite pup and introducing new presenter, Ande. Bursting with mystery guests, sport, challenges, games and the best cartoons, the Pop gang will keep you entertained Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8am.

· Kiva Can Do! is a new Irish animation series for pre-schoolers. Invention is the key which unlocks the door to infinite possibilities for Kiva, a five-year old girl, her best friend Saul Dunne and Angus, her homemade dog.

· What Makes My Day, a documentary series, explores the lives of ten young children growing up across Ireland. Families come in all shapes and sizes and each child has a unique and different story to tell.

· Rocketeers takes a look at this great universe we call home. Each episode sees biologist and science presenter Simon Watt together with a couple of young cosmic adventurers setting out to answer all manner of space related questions.

· Wonder What? brings young viewers inside factories and workshops all over Ireland to show them where things come from and how they’re made

· Returning for a second series are: Makers, our unique series about Irish craft; Magical Sites, in which a group of children explore national monuments around the country and learn about their stories; Wild Things, our wildlife documentary series, along with award-winning Irish animation series, The Day Henry Met.

· On RTÉjr radio, the Celtic Media Festival’s Station of the Year, the acclaimed Irish animation Nelly and Nora makes the move to radio for the first time, as does Everything’s Rosie. Plus Cake, the Culture and Arts series for kids presented by Abie Philbin Bowman returns for a second series.

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