TG4 is bringing back one of our favourite shows this evening with the return of Underdogs.

This year they have gone back to Ladies Football, arguably looking to recreate the best series over the past 11 years, where the storytelling was on a different level altogether and the strains of Leona Lewis’ cover of Snow Patrol’s Run still bring back fond memories to this day.

The show is based on the premise of finding and moulding a team of Gaelic footballers that have come close to ‘County’ but not quite, or maybe not yet, made the breakthrough.

They are found, then cut, then trained, then cut, then finally filmed in a live game against a major inter-county team.

It’s the sporting equivalent of those talent shows that play with our emotions and still find an occasional gem.

And it’s homegrown, conducted through a hybrid of Irish and English, and just damned good television.

Mickey Ned O’ Sullivan, Kevin Cassidy and Michelle Ryan are the managers and it all gets underway at 9-30 pm tonight.



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