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Sunday 22 October 2017

Late Lunch ratings went up and down, but we're finding our feet - Lucy

Lucy Kennedy has told how ratings for her afternoon show were "going like a heart monitor" as mums left to collect their kids from school - so it moved to a later time slot.

"We started from nothing and we're still finding our feet now," she said about the Late Lunch Live, which is celebrating its first birthday on TV3.

The 38-year-old, who has also just landed a new dating show, said: "We had a very difficult slot coming on at 2.30pm, because we were aiming the show at school mums, but they weren't home from the school run yet.

"We could see the ratings going like a heart monitor, when the mums were leaving to go and collect their kids. So we moved to 3.30pm," she said about the popular show she presents with co-host Martin King.

"Any guest that has come in has left saying they would definitely do it again," the mum-of-two revealed.

Speaking about her move to TV3 after eight years with RTE, she said it was a "huge decision" to leave to go to a new station, but Lucy said that within a couple of hours she felt very much at home.

She told TV Now: "I'm just like any other mum, it's just that my job is televised. That's how I see it."

And the presenter has now been rewarded with the gig of her dreams, the Irish version of Blind Date.

TV3's director-of-content Jeff Ford managed to secure the format to the show and presented it to her just two days before it was announced at the TV3 autumn season launch.

"I couldn't say anything until the autumn launch and we shook hands on that," Lucy revealed.

"I have literally talked and dreamed of doing Irish Blind Date for 10 years - all of my presenting career.

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"Even at RTE, I used to beg them to do Blind Date. I knew there was an appetite for it," she revealed.

The format of the show is owned by Sony. However, Lucy will be trying to put her own stamp on the programme made famous by Liverpudlian Cilla Black, who hosted the UK version between 1985 and 2003.

"Cilla used to curtsey, so I'll have to find something of my own. I'm so honoured to be given such a popular format," said Lucy.

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