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Back to the future for Mairead as she's set to host Movie Show

RTE has gone back to the future in search of inspiration for new programmes.

The Herald can reveal that RTE is reprising its former flagship film programme, The Movie Show, which was originally presented by Dave Fanning.

It ran from 1993 until September 2001, when it was axed, much to Fanning's annoyance, who described the decision as "ludicrous".

But it is set to make a comeback with a new set of presenters and researchers -- but with the same name.

Mairead Farrell, the Today FM presenter, will again be working for RTE after being chosen to co-present the programme with Eoghan McDermott, who has made a name for himself presenting the Voice of Ireland.

He is also due to make a return to front the 'engine room' segment of the talent contest alongside Kathryn Thomas, but filming won't begin in earnest for him until early next year.

Model Daniella Moyles, who was a finalist on TV3's Total Xposure and used to work on RTE's Bulletin TV, has been enlisted as a roving reporter.

RTE hopes the new show will prove as successful as its predecessor, which saw Fanning interviewing many of the biggest names in the business.

"The new show will concentrate on reviewing the biggest new movies, the ones that everyone's talking about," said a source.

"It will also have all the gossip and interviews from the major film festivals and award ceremonies, so it will have quite a broad remit. The original show was very popular, so there's high hopes for the new programme.

"They have already started work on the programme; it's due to go out sooner rather than later."

The series will run for 16 episodes, each lasting 25 minutes, and the show is expected to occupy a key slot in the autumn/winter schedule.

One of the few presenters who regularly works for two major stations, Mairead Farrell recently finished up work on RTE's Celebrity Bainisteoir.

She has also been working on the Ray D'Arcy show as a producer and an on-air contributor for the past 10 years and has vowed never to leave the programme.