Tuesday 6 December 2016

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

Published 21/09/2016 | 07:31

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

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

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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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