Saturday 17 February 2018

TG4 putting the Paisean back into autumn schedule

Children’s TV presenters Muireann Ní Chíobháin and Eoghan Ó Loideáin. Photo: Andrew Downes
Children’s TV presenters Muireann Ní Chíobháin and Eoghan Ó Loideáin. Photo: Andrew Downes
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

It's been a decade since Noughties favourite 'Paisean Faisean' first aired on TG4.

Now the broadcaster is ready to follow it up with a new sartorial makeover show hosted by RTE's Bláthnaid Treacy.

Sadly, unlike 'Paisean Faisean', the new series 'Gléasta chun Féasta' will not double up as a dating programme.

Instead, the series will involve a team of designers creating three bespoke outfits for a special event in the guest's life.

At the end of the show, he or she must decide which ensemble they will wear.

'Paisean Faisean', hosted first by Aoife Ní Thuairisg and then Síle Seoige, was one of the station's most successful franchises.

TG4 weather presenters Mairéad Ní Chuaig, Caitlín Nic Aoidh and Fiona Ní Fhlaithearta at the launch. Photo: Andrew Downes
TG4 weather presenters Mairéad Ní Chuaig, Caitlín Nic Aoidh and Fiona Ní Fhlaithearta at the launch. Photo: Andrew Downes

The format rights were snapped up by MTV and production companies in Turkey and Poland.

The programme ran into some controversy in 2010 when it emerged that plans to do an all-gay show were dropped after Ní Thuairisg, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, expressed reservations about it.

Yesterday, TG4 launched its autumn schedule in the brand-new O'Donoghue Centre for Theatre, Drama and Performance in NUI Galway.

Daniel O'Donnell will host country music performance series 'Opry Dhoire' and Saturdays star Una Healy will be his first guest.

Una Healy. Photo: Andrew Downes
Una Healy. Photo: Andrew Downes

Later this year, the station will launch new three-part drama 'Grace Harte' starring Ifta winner Dara Devaney.

Set in a coastal hotel in the West of Ireland, it tells the story of a couple whose business and marriage are fading.

Factual documentary 'Níos mó ná Cluiche' tells the story of the GAA in Ulster and the difficulties the GAA overcame in the province.

Ireland's record in recent years at the Eurovision Song Contest has been lacklustre, but station bosses hope a younger generation will redeem our reputation in this year's Eurovision Junior Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Irish Independent

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