Tuesday 23 October 2018

Broadcaster Ray D'Arcy is to begin pre-production on his new RTE Saturday night chat show.

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Broadcaster Ray D'Arcy is to begin pre-production on his new RTE Saturday night chat show.

It seems the programme will be similar in style and format to its predecessor Brendan O'Connor's The Saturday Night Show; a light entertainment chat show with musical acts and interludes.

There had been persistent rumours D'Arcy would front an Ant and Dec style game show. However, RTE now insist such a proposal was never on the cards.

"I don't think Ray would have wanted that style of show," a spokesperson for the station said.

"That rumour certainly didn't start with us. This will be an entertainment show with Ray D'Arcy in full 'Ray D'Arcy mode'. A quiz show was never discussed."

The programme will air in late September with an exact transmission date being released later in the year.

Pre-production has already begun on juggernaut The Late Late Show which is now in its 53rd year.

Earlier this year, Late Late host Ryan Tubridy said he intended to "kick Ray D'Arcy's a** like a gentleman" in the ratings war.

"We both want to be best show in town," Tubridy said.

"I think it will be a harmonious future but we will be competing."

Today, RTE One will unveil their 2015 autumn schedule in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre.

The station will be placing an emphasis on their drama output which includes Billy Roche's Clean Break.

Five part series Rebellion starring Charlie Murphy and Sarah Greene will chart the events of the 1916 Rising will air in January.

Despite producing instantly forgettable pop performers, the Voice of Ireland will return - hopefully, for its final encore.

Meanwhile, the darling of dance halls, country singer Nathan Carter, will be the subject of a documentary.

Irish Independent

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