Monday 24 July 2017

'I do think we're funnier' - Host Deirdre O'Kane says Irish Gogglebox will be better than UK version

The Gruffertys on Gogglebox Ireland
The Gruffertys on Gogglebox Ireland
Steph and Dom of the UK series of Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4
Bringing the funny: Deirdre O' Kane and Rory Cowan are the new voice-overs of Gogglebox. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV star Deirdre O'Kane reckons Gogglebox Ireland will be even funnier than the British version.

The actress and comedian will provide the voiceover for the TV3 show, along with Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan.

She said she will be rec- ording her commentary on the morning of transmission in order to keep it as fresh as possible, considering the featured TV shows will have aired only a few days before.

"I think the Irish Gogglebox has a chance of being a massive hit, fingers crossed," she told the Herald.

Steph and Dom of the UK series of Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4
Steph and Dom of the UK series of Gogglebox. Photo: Channel 4

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"I haven't watched any of the episodes yet, but I know a bit about the families taking part and Irish people are funny. I do think we're funnier than the UK.

Bringing the funny: Deirdre O' Kane and Rory Cowan are the new voice-overs of Gogglebox. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Bringing the funny: Deirdre O' Kane and Rory Cowan are the new voice-overs of Gogglebox. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"I found it was one of those programmes that if you switched it on it pulls you in very quickly.

"I was astounded because when I heard the idea of the show I thought, 'Ah stop, we're going to be watching people watching the telly? We've lost it now'.

"But lo and behold, you click on it and it's very funny."

Deirdre has just finished a new movie called Halal Daddy, and she is also gearing up to shoot a horror movie called The Lodgers.

She was speaking in Dublin where she was joined by her Moone Boy co-star David Rawle, who plays her son on the hit Sky 1 show.

The pair helped to launch the 29th MS Readathon, which last year saw 15,000 children signing up to help people with multiple sclerosis.

David (15) said he was a "huge reader" and is engrossed in re-reading the Harry Potter books.

Now in his transition year at school in Leitrim, he spoke of his hopes that the much-mooted Moone Boy movie go into production this year, but nothing has been confirmed.

"I have nothing planned for the minute, but if any-thing were to come up it would obviously be easier than if I were in the middle of my Junior Cert," he said.

Herald

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