Thursday 29 June 2017

Kathryn Thomas fulfils 'lifelong dream' to produce new show with RTE

Kathryn Thomas at the RTE new season launch at Grand Canal Dock. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Kathryn Thomas at the RTE new season launch at Grand Canal Dock. Picture: Cathal Burke / VIPIRELAND.COM
Kathryn Thomas during the semi-final of The Voice Of Ireland in The Helix
Kathryn Thomas on Celebrity Operation Transformation
Kathryn Thomas on Celebrity Operation Transformation
Kathryn Thomas, centre, with the contestants on Celebrity Operation Transformation
Styled perfectly: Kathryn Thomas
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Kathryn Thomas is hoping to follow in Baz Ashmawy's footsteps and sell on the format for a new TV show she's co-producing with RTE.

Given that the hard-working presenter has a gap in her schedule after the Voice of Ireland was axed, she has now turned her attention towards producing a pet project of hers.

"We're in development for a show that I'm producing with another company. That will be broadcast in the autumn of 2017," she told the Herald.

"We will film it during the summer."

Kathryn Thomas, centre, with the contestants on Celebrity Operation Transformation
Kathryn Thomas, centre, with the contestants on Celebrity Operation Transformation

Kathryn is hoping it is something she could eventually sell on to other companies abroad.

"Look at the success that Baz has had," she said. "I was attached to various projects but the one that I think RTE got excited about the most was the one that I developed in conjunction with another company, so it's brilliant.

"If I can get my format up and running, that's a life-long dream of mine - and it's been a long time coming."

The Carlow star is currently fronting Celebrity Operation Transformation, which has gone down a storm with viewers, attracting over 400,000 for the first episode.

Kathryn Thomas during the semi-final of The Voice Of Ireland in The Helix
Kathryn Thomas during the semi-final of The Voice Of Ireland in The Helix

But Kathryn said that finding four celebrities to take part was a tough task in itself.

"There were a lot of phone calls made - it was probably not the most comfortable phone call to get," she said.

"It all came down to health, because Operation Transformation is about weight, but it is primarily a health programme.

"It's about giving people tools to ensure long-term change. There were a couple of people who said 'thanks, but no thanks.'

Kathryn Thomas on Celebrity Operation Transformation
Kathryn Thomas on Celebrity Operation Transformation

"A couple of others thought about it long and hard and then just said 'I couldn't do it - I'm not brave enough for that'.

"If I got the phone call, would I be brave enough to do it? Absolutely not. I wish I was that brave, so I take my hat off to them."

This week saw Kathryn lining out for Irish Life Health, given that she's an ambassador for the health insurer.

Their new survey found that 68pc of us say our family's health is the most important thing in life, but nearly six out of 10 parents say this generation of children are less active than they were as kids.

Herald

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