Monday 18 December 2017

Grainne relishes combining roles on both UK and Irish TV

Grainne Seoige at the launch of the new series of 'Ireland's Got Talent' in RTE yesterday. Photo: Martin Nolan
Grainne Seoige at the launch of the new series of 'Ireland's Got Talent' in RTE yesterday. Photo: Martin Nolan

Ken Sweeney Entertainment reporter

TV PRESENTER Grainne Seoige has insisted she will be able to combine presenting roles on both Irish and UK television starting from next month.

Launching auditions for the third series of RTE's 'All Ireland Talent Show' yesterday, the 36-year-old said she didn't imagine she would be working "any more hours" combining her job as host of the talent search while appearing on revamped GMTV show 'Daybreak' four days a week in Britain.

"I've been doing it all year and it hasn't knocked a feather out of me so far. There is a little more commuting involved, but it's something I'm excited about. It will mean five-and-a-half days a week work for me but I did 'Seoige on TV' for five days a week, and then the 'All Ireland Talent Show' at weekends. You can only work the hours that are in the day and I'm not working any more hours," she told the Irish Independent.

The Spiddal-born TV personality has revealed she is already hunting for a place to live in the UK, where she will be based four days a week on the new show hosted by Adrian Chiles and Christine Bleakley.


Ms Seoige said she hoped to "bond'' with her fellow presenters, and likened new TV programme 'Daybreak' to her own experience working on fledgling Irish language TV station TnaG in its early days.

"There is nothing like being there for a new show, like TnaG, where I saw them opening the cardboard boxes and taking the computers out. There's a great bonding experience.

"You go through the experience of the build-up and the hype and everybody saying 'it's going to be great' then you guys (the media) saying it's sh*te the following day. You go through all that, but you get really close as a team so I'm really looking forward to that," she said.

While the Galway woman said she had yet to meet co-presenter Adrian Chiles, Ms Seoige said she had met the other former BBC 'One show' presenter Christine Bleakley. "I was doing a behind the scenes on 'Strictly Come Dancing' for the 'Seoige' show and the funny thing was Christine knew who I was from spending so much time in Dublin. She seemed a lovely girl.''

The former TV3 and Sky Ireland presenter revealed her first assignment for the new 'Daybreak' programme would be abroad.

"I won't just be on the couch, I'll be out on the road doing reports," she said.

Irish Independent

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