Friday 20 January 2017

‘I’ve been pushing the idea for years’ - Joe Duffy on new RTE One television show ‘Call Back’

Published 13/08/2015 | 10:19

Joe Duffy, RTE presenter, Liveline and Spirit Levels
Joe Duffy, RTE presenter, Liveline and Spirit Levels
Rte Radio 1's Joe Duffy Show Christmas Eve Broadcast from Grafton Street Dublin Pic:Brian McEvoy No repro fee for one use

Broadcaster Joe Duffy is set to appear on television screens later this year, as filming gets underway for a new series ‘Call Back’.

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The RTE Radio One stalwart broke the news to presenter Dave Fanning on the station this morning.

“I’ve been pushing the idea for few years now,” he revealed. “Its day has come, we’re making a six part series. We made a pilot, showed it to the powers that be and they liked it.”

‘Call Back’ will revisit callers from the most memorable episodes of Joe Duffy’s Live Line show over the years.

Joe Duffy pictured at the Irish premiere of The Widowmaker in Movies at Dundrum
Joe Duffy pictured at the Irish premiere of The Widowmaker in Movies at Dundrum

Joe explained that due to the rapid and constantly changing nature of the show, it is impossible to follow up with callers on the radio. 

“The nature is a very rolling, energetic daily programme, subjects change within the programme. Sometimes when an issue is raised, we try and help, but by the time the next Live Line comes around it's moved on to more urgent topics.”

“It’s a simple thing, people were always stopping me asking ‘What happened…’ In the book I wrote that sank without trace, my so called autobiography, I wrote a lot about Live Line and the spin off from that was people saying, ‘What happened Susie Long’s campaign...what happened the family of..”

The show will be rolled out in the six weeks prior to Christmas.

Joe Duffy at the opening night of Jersey Boys at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin
Joe Duffy at the opening night of Jersey Boys at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre,Dublin

The pilot, which has already been made, will feature Susie Long’s public campaign against hospital waiting lists, the repatriation of Sean Parker, and the ‘incredible’ day where a woman rang in about her elderly neighbour being scammed out of €10,000 by builders, which culminated in a car chase across Dublin as the Gardaí pursued the criminals.

“We have quite a few stories, Live Line is on 5 days a week, 51 weeks a year, 75 mins a day, totally live, there’s an inordinate number of stories. We’re staying with personal stories. Live Line has always been and will always be about the strength of its human stories.”

The 59-year-old presenter gets up at 6am every day to go to the gym, where he will read the papers and set the agenda for that day’s show.

“I get up at 6am and go to the gym - with little effect,” he joked. “If I see something in the papers while on the treadmill, I text them the team.”

Joe Duffy and wife June
Joe Duffy and wife June

“Live Line has a particular job to do - to get listeners to stay at the top of what RTE do every day,” he concluded.

“1850 715 815 - I have a twelve year old who goes around saying that!” Dave Fanning laughed.

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