RTE's Joe Duffy set to make TV version of his hit radio show 'Liveline'
RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy is taking 'Liveline' to the small screen.
The Irish Daily Star reports that filming for the pilot got underway today.
Duffy confirmed the move the newspaper last night, saying: "We are doing a pilot programme for TV. It's very exciting."
A film crew will descend upon Joe's studios in RTE Radio today to film the programme.
It's proposed the programme will feature individuals who have opted to 'Talk to Joe' over the years, recalling some of the heartbreaking and inspirational stories to have featured on the ratings juggernaut over the years.
"We are doing a pilot programme for TV revisiting Liveline stories to find out what happened to people after they spoke to us live on the show so we are shooting a pilot for that tomorrow," the broadcaster said last night.
"It's never been done before."
Joe intends on contacting these people and asking them how they have fared since - the idea for the programme originated from Joe's autobiography 'Just Joe' which was published in 2011.
"There's a big section in it about Liveline and various stories from it. Some over in TV said we should go back and speak to those families and find out what happened to them," he said.
Joe referred to the story of Susie Long.
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Mum-of-two Susie wrote to 'Liveline' about her experience at the hands of the public health system.
The 42-year-old, who died from bowel cancer in 2007, approached her GP in 2005 and he referred her for a colonoscopy.
She had to wait seven months for the test - and her undiagnosed cancer spread through her system during this time.
By the time Susie was diagnosed, her condition was terminal and nothing could be done to save her. She did not have private health insurance. While she was undergoing a chemotherapy session in January 2007, she discovered another patient, who had private medical insurance, was had a colonoscopy three days after a GP referral and were expected to make a full recovery.
She wrote her letter to 'Liveline' shortly afterwards, describing how she had been condemned because she was a public patient.
Joe interviewed her the following day and there was a huge public reaction, which led to national debate.
Susie is survived by husband Conor MacLiam, son Fergus (14) and daughter Aine (19).
"We will be interviewing people like the family of Suzie Long. It would be interesting to see what happened since or what has changed since she told her story."
The pilot is expected to be screened over the summer.
If popular with viewers, it will be developed into a series.