Saturday 25 February 2017

The good, the bad and the ugly sides of Browne

Rumours that Vincent Browne had retired may have been premature, but maybe it's time he did, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne

There will no doubt be relief among TV3 viewers at the news that the eponymous host will be returning to his chair on Tonight With Vincent Browne in the autumn, because, let's face it, Tonight Without Vincent Browne can be a rather dull affair.

For better and worse, it's Browne's personality that pulls the late-night political chatshow together.

Better means it's watchable. There's no one more formidable than Browne when he has a mood on him. In the right frame of mind, the irascible curmudgeon is as likely to flay someone who shares his unwaveringly orthodox left-wing views of the world as he is to attack a Government minister on the centre right.

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