Monday 19 February 2018

Former Newstalk presenter George Hook has a cameo in new RTE comedy show

George Hook. Photo: Tony Gavin
George Hook. Photo: Tony Gavin
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Broadcaster George Hook will make a small screen cameo in a new RTE show.

Hook, who stepped down from his High Noon show on Newstalk in September following controversial comments about rape, will make his acting debut, as himself, in Nowhere Fast.

It's the new comedy series for RTÉ2 written by and starring comedian Alison Spittle, who regularly appeared on Hook's radio show.

Spittle plays Angela, a young woman who returns to her home town when her media career at a Dublin radio station doesn't quite work out.

Nowhere Fast starring Alison Spittle starts on RTE 2 on Monday at 10pm
Nowhere Fast starring Alison Spittle starts on RTE 2 on Monday at 10pm

“George Hook was also very good. He was very nice. I used to work with him a lot on his radio show," Alison told TV Now magazine.

“I used to go in the evenings, waffle on and talk about nothing! We get on so well and he was so good to come out and do it.”

Hook's cameo for the six part series was filmed earlier this year.  It is understood he will return to Newstalk with a weekend slot from next month.

Last year Alison and George Hook appeared on The Seven O'Clock Show together where the Newstalk presenter joked about sex behind the scenes in the Irish media.

George Hook and Alison Spittle on The 7 O'Clock Show on TV3
George Hook and Alison Spittle on The 7 O'Clock Show on TV3

She previous told The Mirror that Hook was like a "concerned grandad" when her script was commissioned by RTE.

“He said ‘number one get paid,’ he’s like a concerned grandad, I was telling him I’m doing this new TV show and he was like ‘make sure you get paid'.”

As well as George Hook, Republic of telly star Kevin McGahern will also feature while Moone Boy star Clare Monnelly and Genevieve Hulme Beaman will also play roles in the series.  Cathy Belton and Mark Doherty also star.

Nowhere Fast stars on RTE2 from Monday at 10pm.

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