The celebrated RTÉ series Documentary on One – now in its 35th season – returns for a new run this week with another line-up of intriguing and compelling stories for audiences of all interests and ages. Conveniently available via podcast each Thursday morning, or live on RTÉ Radio 1 each Sunday evening at 6pm, these compelling tales, expertly weaved together by the Documentary on One team, cover topics from history to sport, culture to politics, murder to mystery.
Kicking off the season is Crossing the Line this Sunday 11 July at 6pm on RTÉ Radio 1 and available on podcast this Thursday via the DocOnOne podcast feed. In May 1981 the Irish rugby team were forced to sneak out of the country, but just a few months later they were national heroes. This is the story of Ireland’s tour of South Africa at the height of apartheid that split the team and split the nation and somehow led the side to glory. With contributors including Tony Ward, Gerry McLoughlin, and Errol Tobias, Crossing the Line is produced by David Coughlan & Donal O’Herlihy.
On Sunday 18 July, The Life and Living Lady tells the tale of how the world-famous psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who came up with the famous 5 stages of grief model, came to own a little house in rural county Louth. Chris Nikkel unravels Elisabeth’s fascinating life story and her relationship with Ireland.
The Lost Millionaire – airing Sunday 25 July – looks at the story of an American millionaire who goes missing from a Donegal island. Did he die? Or, did he fake his death to avoid impending scandal?
The series continues through summer into autumn, with further highlights of the 2021 season to include stories on the War of Independence, a lifesaving rescue, a multiple historical homicide, and more extraordinary true-life tales from Ireland and beyond.
RTÉ Documentary on One is available via podcast every Thursday morning, or on RTÉ Radio 1 in a new, later timeslot of Sunday evenings on RTÉ Radio 1 at 6pm.
Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1, said: ‘The Documentary on One is beginning its 35th season in the Radio 1 schedule. During that time it has informed and entertained, it has retold old stories and unearthed new ones. The Documentary on One is very much part of Irish life and has reflected its diversity. The 2021 offering builds on that heritage.’