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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ray D'Arcy: 'My name's up there in lights, I just want to get started now'

Ray D’Arcy on the set of his new RTE One chat show
Ray D’Arcy on the set of his new RTE One chat show

It's the type of validation most TV stars dream of, but Ray D'Arcy is still getting used to seeing his name in lights.

"I have to say it was a bit weird seeing my name in neon - no pressure then," the broadcaster said as he unveiled the set for The Ray D'Arcy Show.

"There's a strange mix of anticipation and nerves going on in my head.

"It's a bit like the lead-up to a cup final - you just want to get out there and do it."

The highly anticipated new series will kick off tomorrow night on RTE One and feature comedy inserts, informal chat and music interludes.

Coveted

D'Arcy succeeds Brendan O'Connor who previously occupied the coveted slot, but he has said in the past there is no "bad blood" between the pair.

"We had a chat," he said. "It wasn't my decision, we shook hands."

Speaking about the show, executive producer Michael Kealy said he was interested in seeing how the series would evolve in the coming months.

"As with any new series, it's early days, and the show will evolve as we grow a connection with the audience over the coming weeks and months," he said.

The show will be considerably shorter than The Late Late Show, running at 75 minutes.

The set was designed by Sinead O'Hanlon, the creative behind the Winning Streak and RTE Electric Picnic sets.

O'Hanlon believes the D'Arcy Show set has a "warm, engaging and contemporary design" which will encourage guests and viewers to feel at ease.

Meanwhile, there's more movement in RTE's radio buildings.

Broadcaster Keelin Shanley is to join Cathal Mac Coille and Audrey Carville on the Morning Ireland radio team.

"I'm moving to Morning Ireland, so that's my new job," Shanley told the Herald.

"I'll be moving in the next few weeks. I think they're in for 5am, so we'll see how it goes. I'm looking forward to it."

Shanley is well used to rising early, having hosted current affairs show Morning Edition for nearly two years.

The programme was cancelled last November due to "ongoing financial pressures".

Speaking at the time, Shanley said she was "saddened but not shocked".

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