Saturday 3 December 2016

'Bring back Grainne' - Former host is missed but revamped Crimecall pulls in 342,300 viewers

Published 27/09/2016 | 14:17

Keelin Shanley replaced Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher-Hayes as hosts on Crimecall
Keelin Shanley replaced Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher-Hayes as hosts on Crimecall

Crimecall returned last night with a new presenter and a new look.

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The popular crime show was without Grainne Seoige but it still managed to pull in the numbers with an average of 342,300 viewers tuning in to see the revamped series.

Seoige presented Crimecall for the past five years alongside Philip Boucher-Hayes, but she was axed by RTE ahead of the show's 13th series.

"It's a strange decision but I think it's part of bigger things that are happening now in RTÉ," one insider said after it was announced that CrimeCall would no longer be produced by Coco Television and that presenters Seoige and Boucher-Hayes were to be replaced by Keelin Shanley.

Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher Hayes presented Crimecall
Grainne Seoige and Philip Boucher Hayes presented Crimecall

While some viewers were disappointed by the station's decision to axe Seoige, it appears that her replacement Shanley was well received with viewers praising her "flat out" professional attitude.

Last night's show featured a casino robbery and a missing persons case, as well as an interview with Rosie Dolan, mother of Andrew Dolan, who died after an assault on Pearse Street in Mullingar on December 23, 2011.

Seoige has proven to be one of the station's biggest stars over the years. She previously presented afternoon chat show Seoige with her sister Sile and also fronted The All-Ireland Talent Show for three series.

However, the 42-year-old's presence on the station has lessened of late. She will continue to present RTE's People of the Year Awards and Up for the Match and has been linked with RTE's forthcoming Dancing with the Stars.

She also spends a considerable amount of time in South Africa where her partner Leon Jordaan lives. The pair have had a long-distance relationship since they began dating in 2011 and became engaged in November 2013.

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