1990 in Irish television

The following is a list of events relating to television in Ireland from 1990.

List of years in Irish television (table)


  • 4 June – Ian Dempsey presents his final day of the afternoon children's television block Dempsey's Den. He will be taken over by Ray D'Arcy and the name will be changed to The Den.
  • 24 July – The Broadcasting Act comes into law. The Act includes amendments to earlier legislation covering advertising and commercial promotion.[1]
  • 2 October – The long-running British sitcom Only Fools and Horses is broadcast in Ireland for the first time, making its debut on Network 2.
  • 11 October – American-French-Canadian animated cult from the 1980s Inspector Gadget has its broadcasting on Network 2 as part of The Den for the very first time.
  • 13 November – Robert D. Cardona and David Mitton's short lived children's television series Tugs debuts on Network 2 as the first programme on The Den. The first episode will air on a Tuesday and the other episodes will air every Monday starting from 19 November. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends will not appear on Irish television until six years later.
  • 19 November – American television sitcom Sidekicks is broadcast in Ireland for the first time, making its debut on Network 2 as part of their children's programming strand The Den.
  • Bosco: The Animated Series airs on Channel 5 in Singapore for the very first time as part of its children's block Kids' Corner. This was also the very time to broadcast the Bosco franchise around the world.


RTÉ 1Edit

Network 2Edit

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Shows Moved from Moved to
Mike and Angelo Network 2 RTÉ1
Swiss Family Robinson Network 2 RTÉ1
/ Snorks Network 2 RTÉ1
Codename Icarus RTÉ1 Network 2
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Network 2 RTÉ1
The Adventures of Raggedy Ann and Andy Network 2 RTÉ1
Bright Sparks Network 2 RTÉ1
The Jetsons RTÉ1 Network 2
Alvin and the Chipmunks (Murakami Wolf Swenson/DiC version) Network 2 RTÉ1
/ The World of David the Gnome Network 2 RTÉ1
The Flintstones Network 2 RTÉ1
The All-New Popeye Show RTÉ1 Network 2
// Ritter's Cove Network 2 RTÉ1
Touché Turtle Network 2 RTÉ1
Lassie Network 2 RTÉ1
The Famous Five Network 2 RTÉ1
/ Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds Network 2 RTÉ1
T-Bag Network 2 RTÉ1
The Henderson Kids RTÉ1 Network 2

Ongoing television programmesEdit




Ending this yearEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "RTÉ Libraries and Archives: preserving a unique record of Irish life". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2 January 2012.