Wednesday 25 April 2018

Mrs Brown’s Boys star Rory Cowan 'in talks' with Alan Hughes for new Irish TV show

Rory Cowan and Alan Hughes
Rory Cowan and Alan Hughes

Sean O'Grady

TV3's Alan Hughes has revealed he is in talks with the station to host a new show with Mrs Brown’s Boys star Rory Cowan.

“We’re actually in talks to do a show. It will be really cool.

“It will be out and about with myself and Rory,” he said.

He warned that RTE had better watch out as Virgin Media’s purchase of UTV Ireland means TV3 could soon be giving the national broadcaster a run for its money.

The Ireland AM star said he reckons RTE could be shaking in its boots as TV3 and UTV Ireland could combine in the coming months.

“Definitely we could give them a run for their money without a shadow of a doubt,” he told the Herald.

“If you have all those programmes at your disposal, I think they’re on to a winner.”

With a host of new shows now under the Virgin Media umbrella, Hughes reckons it won’t be too long before Ballymount are beating Montrose in the ratings war.

“I can definitely see them beating some RTE One shows in the ratings, definitely. We’ve always done our own thing,” he said.

The TV star admitted TV3 employees are on cloud nine after the good news became public.

“Everyone is really excited. It’s going brilliant. It’s very exciting.

“I thought it was good as it was but now we’re going to have three channels,” he said.

While Hughes is looking forward to the changes that will be coming to the station, the presenter also admitted many things are still up in the air.

Bosses have yet to make a decision on what shows, if any, could be moving stations in the coming months.

“We had a big meeting last week and Pat Kiely was telling us all about it,” he said.

“I don’t know if any of that has been decided yet [the moving of shows], but it looks like TV3 is now the owner of three stations. It’s amazing.

“If we own all the stuff that ITV has, we own ITV programmes so you can say, ‘I’ll put that on TV3, I’ll put that one on 3e.’”

Other TV3 stars including Aisling O’Loughlin and Ray Foley have also spoken out on the purchase and said it was a great development.

However, UTV Ireland presenters have been noticeably silent in the wake of the news.

Hughes was speaking at the launch of Dublin singer Karl Daly’s The Movie Song, which is released today

Penned by Hughes’ husband Karl Broderick, the couple recorded the video for the single in Portugal where the 21-year-old singer is based.

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