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You can't beat buzz of a weekend show -- Marty

FORMER Open House star Marty Whelan says he is enjoying his Saturday nights too much to make a return to afternoon TV.

The Winning Streak host says that he has no plans to make the move back to afternoon shows -- because he prefers the excitement of his weekend game-show gig.

"I have no plans to go back at the moment," Marty told the Herald. "I am really enjoying Winning Streak and I love that excitement.

"You can't beat the buzz on the weekend. I am really happy where I am.

"It is a very high energy show and I have gotten used to that.

"We look forward to Saturdays for a different reason to everybody else," added the 56-year-old.

The show, now in its 25th year, returned to RTE screens for a new series last Saturday which saw Marty and co-presenter Geri Maye at the helm.

While he is happy in his current role, Marty says he will go where the work is and will not definitively rule out a return to the afternoon schedule.


RTE launched new afternoon programme Today in November. It's presented by Daithi O Se, Maura Derrane, Norah Casey and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh.

Given his previous gig at Open House alongside Mary Kennedy, Marty retains more than a passing interest in afternoon TV.

"Of course I am still interested -- Open House was a great time and I think the guys on Today show are doing a great job.

"You can't afford to be choosy these days and I do whatever work there is, but I am really happy where I am right now," added the Dubliner.

Marty started his career as a radio presenter in the late 1970s with RTE before moving into TV presenting, where he became a regular feature on hit afternoon show Open House.

When the popular show was axed in 2004, Marty described himself as being "very disappointed" and "shocked", but went on to carve a name for himself as a game-show host.

Marty had hosted lottery game Fame And Fortune on Saturday nights for at least 10 years before fronting Europe's longest-running game show Winning Streak in 2009.