RTÉ’s Crimecall returns for its 20th season next Monday, 25 September, at 9.35pm on RTÉ One with a new presenter, Carla O’Brien, and a new look.
Each month this long-running, popular RTÉ strand uses reconstructions, CCTV footage and live studio appeals to look for information from the public, to help with Garda investigations. Calls to the programme have led to numerous convictions over the previous 19 series.
On next week’s programme the family of Dublin man Martin Lynn speaks about his death and hopes the public can help Gardaí with their investigation.
The show also covers the 37-year-old mystery of a body that washed up on the Leitrim coast in 1986. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who might recognise the detail on the body’s distinctive tattoos.
Crimecall will also hear from a man rebuilding his life after escaping from forced labour in rural Ireland.
Commenting on her new role, incoming presenter Carla O’Brien said, “It is an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to present such a long-running and popular programme as Crimecall, which is a cornerstone of public service broadcasting. I look forward to working with An Garda Síochána, the production team and, most importantly, the viewers, who make the programme possible. I count myself really lucky to follow in the footsteps of my inspirational friend and colleague Sharon Ní Bheoláin, whose guidance and support have been invaluable.”
After five plus years in the Crimecall hotseat, previous presenter Sharon Ní Bheoláin said, “Crimecall is a valued piece of public service broadcasting and it was nothing short of a privilege to host the show for five and a half years. Alas, it’s time for me to move on but not before expressing my sincere gratitude to the dedicated Crimecall team, the studio crew, and An Garda Síochána all of whom made my job look easy! In particular,
I’d like to pay tribute to the many brave programme contributors; victims of crime, their families and loved ones of missing persons who spoke to me so movingly, often in the most grief-stricken circumstances.
It’s my great pleasure to hand over the baton now to my super-talented friend and colleague Carla O’Brien. I know she will do a great job. I know our loyal viewers will continue to tune in in great numbers and help Gardaí where they can with their crime appeals.”
Watch Crimecall, on RTÉ One, Monday 25 September, 9.35pm