TV Totty: 1. Lisa Cannon & Sinead Desmond; 2. Alan Hughes, Karen Koster, Colette Fitzpatrick & Ray Foley; 3. Finn McRedmond & Glenda Gilson. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)
TV3 has announced its line up for autumn and at a launch event in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, the station previewed some very exciting new shows.
Programming Director Ben Frow revealed that four nights a week have juggernaut entertainment shows including the new Alan Hughes’ Family Fortunes, Mastermind Ireland, Deception with Keith Barry as well as Come Dine With Me Ireland which gets a celebrity version.
Simon Cowell’s new blockbuster Red or Black will be presented live by Ant and Dec across seven nights and we will see the return of Take Me Out hosted by Ray Foley. New Irish reality entertainment is led by four home productions Tallafornia, Tearaway Teen to Beauty Queen, Celebrity Salon 3 and Southside Housewives – no to be misses, I think you’ll agree.
The documentary line up is led by the three-part explosive story of The Rise and Fall of Fianna Fáil narrated by Ursula Halligan, and Sex Lives, a series of films that look at sex and the illegal sex industry in Ireland today. On a lighter note, there’s a fresh line-up of features in the schedule like Hen Parties, Paddies in Paradise, Give Adele a Bell , Strictly Irish Dancing, Ireland’s Disco Kids, Dejunk Your Life and Ireland’s Top Teens.
Those at the launch included Vincent Browne, Colette Fitzpatrick, Alan Hughes, Alan Cantwell, radio presenters Matt Cooper and Ray Foley, Twink (aka Adele in Give Adele a Bell), ex politician Nora Owen, Anton Savage, fashion queen Lisa Fitzpatrick, philanthropist Caroline Downey and the Xposé girls Lisa Cannon, Glenda Gilson, Karen Koster and Aisling O’Loughlin.