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Reality TV show families almost came to blows

TENSIONS between two competing families on an RTE reality show almost escalated into a full fight during filming.

The host of Ireland's Fittest Family, Mairead Farrell, has confirmed that some of the contestants became involved in a row in one scene.

But she also added that the argument would not be shown on television.

Farrell let the news of the scrap slip while on Anton Savage's radio show on Today FM.

"There was a disagreement, I suppose, that you wouldn't see on a family show, and it's not going to be in the show," she said.

"There may have been an episode, but I think there was a decision made not to show it. It was a fight, a little scrap.

"It's disappointing that we can't show it, but we can't."

Last night she refused to name the families involved in the fracas, but confirmed that the episode in which it occurred had yet to be aired.

A spokesman for RTE said that the broadcaster had "no comment" on the incident, "except to say that all of the families gave it their all".

The idea for Ireland's Fittest Family' is based on a concept from the Co Clare hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald and James Sexton.


RTE said it was "delighted" with the series after receiving a hugely positive reaction to the first two episodes.

The programme, which sees 12 families battle it out for a €15,000 prize and the title of 'Ireland's Fittest Family', was filmed last summer while Fitzgerald was leading the Clare hurling team to its All- Ireland victory.

RTE revealed that the format had attracted "lots of international interest".

Over the course of the six episodes, the 12 families compete against each other on endurance courses, and the weakest family is then eliminated each week. On Saturday night, viewers saw the Houlihan family eliminated.

Fitzgerald also acts as one of the mentors to the families on the show. He is joined by Olympic boxing medallist Kenny Egan, Irish hockey star Nikki Symmons and the former Irish rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan.