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Baz nabs new Sky 1 show after success of Mammy

Baz Ashmawy is over the moon after nabbing another show on Sky One, thanks to the runaway success of 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy.

The former RTE presenter (38) bowled over execs at Sky with his self-produced reality show that saw him challenging his 71-year-old mum, Nancy, with a series of sticky situations.

Such was the programme's popularity that the Dubliner has been chosen to front a game show entitled The Fanatics.

It's described as a programme that "celebrates the most passionate, utterly obsessed and fantastically devoted people" and pits them against each other over a series of rounds.

Speaking about his new show, he said that he loved "the vision" Sky has for it.

"It's a fun show with wonderfully warm, interesting and slightly obsessive contestants. It's going to be a lot of fun to make. I can't wait," he said.

Sky 1 boss Adam MacDonald said he was excited that the former 2fm broadcaster had agreed to host the show.

"It's a big joyous celebration of the passions that enthral us, and Baz is perfect to drive it," he said.


The Fanatics will air on Sky 1 early next year and will run for eight hour-long episodes.

The door is open for a follow-up to 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, with a spokesperson for Sky telling the Herald they were delighted with the viewing figures.

While declining to disclose exact audience numbers, it is understood it was seen by more people than watched Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy, which also aired on Sky.

"We're very pleased with 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy which has proved to be one of the highest-performing shows so far this year, with episode one achieving three times the audience share for that time slot in previous weeks," the spokesperson said.

"The show has received a tremendously positive reaction from viewers on social media,"

In a further boost, Israeli broadcaster Channel X has bought the rights to air 50 Ways.