Republic of Telly has the last laugh as it lands new series
RTE’S Republic of Telly will be back on our screens for another season, it can be revealed.
Questions had hung over the future of the comedy series starring Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea, which recently marked its 100th episode.
But in good news for fans of the cult series, fronted by Kevin McGahern, the programme is due to make a return for a sixth series later on this year.
“It’s definitely coming back,” said an RTE insider. “It has performed strongly for the station and has a big fan-base.”
Comedy shows have had a notoriously chequered history on RTE, which has struggled to find the winning formula when it comes to light entertainment.
An RTE comedy show, modelled on Mock the Week, fronted by PJ Gallagher, Bernard O’Shea and Neil Delamere called Next Week’s News, was cancelled after just one season.
It hit the headlines after a controversial scene which saw PJ Gallagher and Eoghan McDermott having a ‘snorting condoms’ race.
RTE also decided to axe weekly topic show The Panel a few years ago.
But where others have failed, it seems Republic of Telly has succeeded, thanks to its quirky mix of comedy sketches and canny knack of uncovering fresh talent.
Acts like Damo & Ivor and Rubberbandits all got their big breaks on the show, as did model Madeline Mulqueen and the Original Rude Boys.
The first season ran in 2009 and was presented by Neil Delamere before Dermot Whelan took over the gig for three years, followed by McGahern.
He’s best known for his role as ‘Sim Card’ on RTE’s Hardy Bucks.