Monday 16 October 2017

'It probably took us two years to get to know each other properly' - Dáithí Ó Sé on Today Show co-host Maura Derrane

Maura Derrane with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé on RTÉ's Today.
Maura Derrane with co-presenter Daithí Ó Sé on RTÉ's Today.

Dáithí Ó Sé has said his on-screen relationship with Maura Derrane on RTE's Today show works well because they probably will not speak to each other again until September.

The pair, who have co-hosted the chat show for the past five years, enjoy a break from filming during the summer.

"We finished a month ago and I probably won't speak to Maura again until September," he said.

The Kerry man (41) revealed it took the TV pairing time before they felt comfortable on camera together.

"It probably took us two years to get to know each other properly," he said.

"We had known each other before and had met at different events but when you sit next to someone, you get to know them a lot better.

"And then you're doing five shows every week," he said. "We can say anything to each other.

"We are similar enough in personality, I think. We don't take life too seriously."

Mitch Winehouse talks to Maura and Daithi on Today via Skype
Mitch Winehouse talks to Maura and Daithi on Today via Skype

The Rose of Tralee host is grateful the pair get on so well.

"Maura and I had been doing two different shows before and we were unsure what was happening but thankfully it all went very well.

Twink with medium Derek Acorah on RTE's Today Show with Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane
Pic: RTE
Twink with medium Derek Acorah on RTE's Today Show with Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane Pic: RTE

"If they weren't happy and it wasn't working we wouldn't keep going back there."

The Today show team recently celebrated a wrap party for its fifth series in George's Street venue Nolita.

Daithi feels the show has reached a "milestone" with the end of its fifth year.

"Five is a milestone. We were asked to Cork about five years ago to be down there for a year and then it really took off," he said.

"They gave an extra eight weeks to the show. Before, we finished in March. Now we finish in April, so it's going very well."

Daithi believes Today has a strong chance of carrying on for many years provded the programme continues to develop.

"I think the secret is to keep it fresh and not to be doing the same thing as we did last year or the year before," he said.

"That would get very repetitive for us presenting it and for the people at home.

Once you know what your audience want and who they are, you can then tailor the show to that."

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