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BBC NI's bid to brighten dark evenings as autumn schedule focuses on feel-good shows

BBC Northern Ireland's Eddie Doyle says the industry has "responded well to our call for lighter programmes to help lift people’s spirits" this autumn

BBC Northern Ireland's autumn schedule promises to bring audiences "laughter, fun, nostalgia and a little bit of magic" in the coming months.

Local funnymen Paddy Raff and Shane Todd are set to get their own series', while the trickery talents of mentalist and rising social media star Joel Mawhinney will be showcased in the new three-part series, Life Is Magic.

As well as bringing some new talent to viewers, BBC One NI will also be hearing from a range of established names from broadcasting and sport.

The four-part series This Sporting Life sees presenter Stephen Watson chat one-on-one with Dame Mary Peters, Norman Whiteside, Dennis Taylor and Phillip McCallen. And in her 80th year, trailblazing broadcaster Gloria Hunniford looks back on her career in Gloria – My Life On TV.

New motoring series Tricked-Out Tractors is a novel take on the world of car makeovers, while documentary series True North returns, its stories including that of the Belfast workers who helped rescue Harland and Wolff from closure when it went into administration in 2019.

Speaking at the schedule launch, held virtually on Zoom, Eddie Doyle, head of content commissioning at BBC Northern Ireland said: “It's been a long year and yes there have been challenges to making content remotely. But as we approach the winter months, we wanted to provide audiences with content that would bring some humour, warmth, nostalgia and entertainment into their evenings.

“The local independent sector has responded well to our call for lighter programmes to help lift people's spirits and across our content this autumn I think we've got a little something for everyone to inform, educate and entertain with a lightness of touch.”

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