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Smug in his role as God's gift to Irish broadcasting

Expecting Tubridy to probe Keating about his affair was a triumph of hope over experience, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 03/04/2011 | 05:00

For those fortunate enough never to have been exposed to their earnest nagging, the "Food Dudes" are a group of imaginary superheroes created by EU-funded busybodies to encourage schoolchildren to eat more healthily so that they too can take on the "Junk Punks" who want to destroy the Life Force that resides in fruit and vegetables.

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No, seriously.

There's even a film in which a group of celebrity "Friends of the Food Dudes" explain why it's so important to eat your greens, a tactic which would be lame enough already without the added insult that the list of renowned names includes a certain Ryan Tubridy of the Late Late Show fame. So the big plan for making healthy eating look cool to 21st-century youngsters is to rope in a Bing Crosby lookalike with all the cutting edge appeal of Val Doonican in a rocking chair? Even my son, coming home from school in a stunned state of disbelief after seeing the film, could see the flaw in that brilliant strategy.

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