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Ian Dempsey returning to TV after 20 years with stint on TV3

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Ian Dempsey

Ian Dempsey

Ian Dempsey

Ian Dempsey

Louise Duffy wears: Fur gilet, SuperTrash; shorts, Finders Keepers; belt, Maje; shoes, Carvela, all BT2. Bodysuit, Topshop. Necklace, Vicki Sarge, Design Centre. Photo: Kip Carroll

Louise Duffy wears: Fur gilet, SuperTrash; shorts, Finders Keepers; belt, Maje; shoes, Carvela, all BT2. Bodysuit, Topshop. Necklace, Vicki Sarge, Design Centre. Photo: Kip Carroll

Louise Duffy at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

Louise Duffy at the IFTA Awards 2015 at The Mansion House

Louise Duffy and fiance Paul Galvin

Louise Duffy and fiance Paul Galvin

Twink co-hosted the 'Seven O'Clock Show', in Martin King's absence. Photo courtesy of TV3

Twink co-hosted the 'Seven O'Clock Show', in Martin King's absence. Photo courtesy of TV3

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Ian Dempsey

Today FM presenter Ian Dempsey is returning to our TV screens after an absence of 20 years.

Dempsey, who presented RTE children's show Dempsey's Den/The Den from 1986 to 1990 as well as several other shows, will be joined by Today FM colleague Louise Duffy to co-present The Seven O'Clock Show on TV3.

They will fill in for Martin King and Lucy Kennedy for four days from Monday August 24-Thursday 27.

Martin was this week replaced by Twink and her dog Teddy on the show sofa, the first of a series of guest presenters allowing the main hosts to take a break.

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The original Dempsey's Den, with Ian Dempsey

The original Dempsey's Den, with Ian Dempsey

The original Dempsey's Den, with Ian Dempsey

Dempsey will continue to present the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Today FM next week.

"As a presenter I haven’t been on Live TV for 20 years so this should be interesting!" Dempsey said of his return to telly.

"I know that Louise has a lot to talk about but I hope she gives me an opportunity to speak at some stage during the 60 minutes.”

Louise added, "The only thing I miss about my very early mornings is getting to work with Ian every day, so I'm so excited to join him again for a week on the couch on ‘The Seven O'Clock Show’!”

A TV3 spokesperson hinted that Dempsey's old Den pals Zig and Zag may pop in to the studio during the week.

The Seven O'Clock Show airs weekdays at 7pm on TV3.

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