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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Joe Duffy: 'Liveline on TV is the best thing I've ever done'

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy
RTÉ’s Joe Duffy with fans at the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Joe Duffy will bring his hit radio show to the small screen next week and reckons it's the "best thing I've ever done".

The new series of Liveline: Call Back, the show based on the human interest stories highlighted on the RTE Radio 1 show Liveline, will revisit some of the most compelling calls to the station.

Joe revealed that the series, which begins next Thursday evening, has been extended from six episodes to eight.

"I just think the stories are brilliant and the people are so giving. We've followed up people who've been on Liveline and some of their stories," he said.

"The twists and the turns afterwards are just fantastic.

Joe said one story that particularly resonated was an Indian woman living in the UK who was seeking to be reunited with her sister in Dublin after 41 years.

She chanced a call to Liveline while at the airport on the way back home and, by 6pm that evening, they had tracked down her sibling.

"Just to see the two of them together was so heart-warming. I can proudly say that it's the best thing I've ever done. I think the series is great," said Joe.

The Dubliner broadcast his show live from Bloom in the Phoenix Park yesterday, with entertainment coming from comedians Alan Shortt and June Rodgers.

While Joe admitted he had a huge fondness for the annual event, he's no dab hand in the garden. "I can walk around the garden, but June, my wife, does it," he said.

"She loves it and she finds it very therapeutic. I find it very therapeutic sitting here having a G&T looking at her."

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