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I'd love my own chat show - Marty

Winning Streak host Marty Whelan admitted that he has had a few career wallops over the years but always manages to get up and dust himself off.

As Europe's longest-running game show, at 25 years, returns to our screens tonight, Mr Whelan said he loves what he does but it's important that he believes in himself in order to keep going.

"I've had a few wallops over the years. The trick is learning to surmount them. If you don't you're finished. You have to believe in yourself," the broadcaster said.

And while the Dublin native loves his current work he said he would still love to host a talk show.

"I'd love a chat show, of course I would. I've done a lot of that anyway over the years. You've got to be prepared to take a chance. I'm not going to drop the ball. It'd be good to do something else," the RTE star said.

Commenting on RTE's flagship programme, the Late Late Show, he said that it would be great fun to be in the chair.

"I'm not afraid of the room. The thing is - are you able to deal with who the guests are, whether they're serious or not? But Friday night, how much fun would that be," Mr Whelan said.

Regarding the National Lottery programme that he presents with Sinead Kennedy, Mr Whelan said he cannot put his finger on exactly what makes it so popular.

"I think it's terribly Irish. It's like trying to explain the Rose of Tralee. It's about five ordinary people who are suddenly on TV," he stated.

Happy

"It's a very happy, positive programme," added the broadcaster.

However, he has come across some not-so-positive TV guests during his time behind the camera.

"There'll always be people who feel it's beneath them to be there. You get the monosyllabic ones too who don't want to tell you anything.

"We had a gentleman on Fame and Fortune years ago who I asked if he had any hobbies and he said sleeping. There's nowhere to go with that," said the father-of-two.

And due to his TV and radio work with Lyric FM, he also revealed that he is in receipt of fan mail.

"It could be nothing more than a picture, but because you're on telly and I'm around a while, people assume they know you.

"They have no qualms writing for a photo," Mr Whelan said.

jfegan@herald.ie


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