Tuesday 15 October 2019

Tommy Tiernan Show moves from midweek to Saturday nights for third series

The Tommy Tiernan Show will air on RTE One from Saturday May 4 for eight weeks.
The Tommy Tiernan Show will air on RTE One from Saturday May 4 for eight weeks.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Tommy Tiernan's chat show is moving from Wednesday nights to a primetime Saturday night slot on RTÉ One for its third series.

The first two series of The Tommy Tiernan Show aired on Thursday and Wednesday nights respectively, but the upcoming third series will be broadcast on Saturdays from May 4.

The show will run for a period of eight weeks and will fill the slot vacated by The Ray D'Arcy Show, which wrapped up for the summer on March 30 and is set to return in September.

Built around a format which sees the Navan comedian (and his audience) kept in the dark about his three guests until they walk on set, The Tommy Tiernan Show has proved hugely popular with viewers.

The highest rated show of the second series aired on January 31st last year and drew a consolidated audience of 321,000 for a line-up including Blindboy Boatclub, Imedla May, Nigel Owen, and music from The Waterboys.

Other guests have included Sharon Horgan, Christy Dignam, Donncha O'Callaghan with the conversation veering from the comedic to the deeply affecting.

Singer Damien Dempsey and comedian, author and podcast host Blindboy both spoke about their struggles with depression and anxiety on the show while Tiernan's interview with superstar comedian and author Ruby Wax was another (albeit awkward) highlight of the last series.

"The chat show is unusual in the way that it creates a space where anything can happen and I feel very lucky to be in the hands of such wonderful researchers who really are the people that put the whole thing together," says Tommy.

"I just turn up and talk, they’re the ones who curate it. The guests as well show a remarkable amount of generosity in agreeing to do it with me because its a conversation without a safety net."

Speaking about the show, Justin Healy, Executive Producer RTÉ Comedy Commissioning added, "Tommy has a way of connecting with people instantly, a skill which is a joy to watch.

"To have a host completely in the dark as to who is going to walk on to the set is a gamble that only Tommy could pull off. From internationally known stars to lesser known faces, Tommy gets them to reveal an awful lot of themselves which at times is compelling and at times uncomfortable, but always engaging."

Following a well received pilot, The Tommy Tiernan Show was commissioned for two series which ran in early 2017 and 2018 for six weeks each.  This run has been extended to eight weeks and will air on RTÉ One from Saturday May 4th at 9.30pm.

Viewers can watch the first two seasons of The Tommy Tiernan Show on the RTÉ Player now.

Read more: Damian Dempsey spoke movingly about struggle with the 'black dog' and catharsis of crying on Tommy Tiernan Show

'Are we fighting?' - Things got a little awkward with Ruby Wax and Tommy Tiernan on his show 

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