Thursday 17 January 2019

Eoghan's double whammy leads RTE charge

HE'S been given a slot on 2FM and now RTE television is backing Eoghan McDermott.

The presenter has landed two new shows on RTE2 and is one of the main faces in the station's autumn schedule of programming.

In addition to returning with Kathryn Thomas as an anchor on The Voice of Ireland, the 29-year-old will be fronting documentary series Drunk and comedy panel show You Choose You Lose.

The Dubliner told the Herald that he's delighted to be given the opportunity to take on Drunk, a two-part science based project, and tackle a serious issue.

"Anything I've done with RTE has been a little bit court jester, so this is anchored in a social remit and is useful."

RTE2 unveiled its full schedule for the coming months in Dublin yesterday.

Over 24 new home-produced shows and 18 returning series will complete the line-up - and there are two productions on the Irish Travelling community in the mix.

Norah Casey will host Norah's Traveller Academy, which sees her mentor four young Traveller women, as she helps them to succeed in business.

And the former Dragon's Den star is flexing her entrepreneurial muscles.

"I've been working with the girls since April and one of them, Christine Collins, and I are launching a beauty range called Beoir together."

Following on from her What Kelly Did Next, hit singer and settled Traveller Kelly McDonagh (inset) will let the cameras into her home for the fly-on-the-wall Meet The McDonaghs.

Stylist Darren Kennedy will be at the helm of two shows - The Unemployables, with Jennifer Maguire, and #Trending, a brand new fashion slot.

Darren insisted the programme will not be a rehash of axed series Off The Rails. Damo & Ivor will return, as will The Savage Eye, Republic of Telly and The Fear.

There's a second season of the History Channel's Vikings, as well as supermodel Caitriona Balfe's US hit Outlander.


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