Wednesday 26 October 2016

Ian Dempsey returning to TV after 20 years with stint on TV3

Published 23/08/2015 | 14:46

Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Ian Dempsey
Louise Duffy wears: Fur gilet, SuperTrash; shorts, Finders Keepers; belt, Maje; shoes, Carvela, all BT2. Bodysuit, Topshop. Necklace, Vicki Sarge, Design Centre. Photo: Kip Carroll
Louise Duffy at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House
Louise Duffy and fiance Paul Galvin
Twink co-hosted the 'Seven O'Clock Show', in Martin King's absence. Photo courtesy of TV3

Today FM presenter Ian Dempsey is returning to our TV screens after an absence of 20 years.

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Dempsey, who presented RTE children's show Dempsey's Den/The Den from 1986 to 1990 as well as several other shows, will be joined by Today FM colleague Louise Duffy to co-present The Seven O'Clock Show on TV3.

They will fill in for Martin King and Lucy Kennedy for four days from Monday August 24-Thursday 27.

Martin was this week replaced by Twink and her dog Teddy on the show sofa, the first of a series of guest presenters allowing the main hosts to take a break.

Ian on Dempsey's Den, back in the day
Ian on Dempsey's Den, back in the day

Dempsey will continue to present the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM next week.

"As a presenter I haven’t been on Live TV for 20 years so this should be interesting!" Dempsey said of his return to telly.

"I know that Louise has a lot to talk about but I hope she gives me an opportunity to speak at some stage during the 60 minutes.”

Louise added, "The only thing I miss about my very early mornings is getting to work with Ian every day, so I'm so excited to join him again for a week on the couch on ‘The Seven O'Clock Show’!”

A TV3 spokesperson hinted that Dempsey's old Den pals Zig and Zag may pop in to the studio during the week.

The Seven O'Clock Show airs weekdays at 7pm on TV3.

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