IRISH Big Brother star Brian Dowling is looking forward to shedding his reality TV image as he takes on a very different challenge - fronting his own quiz show.
The chatty Dubliner has been confirmed as the man to take the reigns of TV3’s new Saturday night entertainment show, Sitting On A Fortune.
The show will see three couples battling it out to be the last ones standing after completing a tricky puzzle.
And Brian (35), who said he is working his way up to presenting his own chat show like UK-based star Graham Norton, can’t wait to leave reality TV behind him for a while.
“I have always been associated with reality TV so I wanted to find something different because I am at that age now where people keep saying to me you should be doing this’,” Brian told
“I look at people like Graham Norton and Alan Hughes on TV3, who are so funny and natural, so I have a lot to learn before I get to that stage.
“But a chat show would be the dream,” added Brian.
After working on pilot game shows for RTE and ITV, Brian said the format was given to him by new TV3 boss Jeff Ford, the man responsible for picking him as a host on Big Brother while he was at Channel 5.
“When I met Jeff a few months ago, he said as soon as we get the format that suits you, I will know’. So a while later he called me up and said this is you’,” explained Brian.
“It is quite camp and very high energy, so we will see how it goes.
“I think it is one of those shows that people will either love or hate, but I will go where the work is, so I am very excited to see what happens.”
Brian, who was suddenly axed from Channel 5’s Big Brother last year, said he is not contractually tied to TV3 outside of the quiz show and will continue to base himself in the UK, where he lives with his partner, Arthur.
“We will be shooting the show over four days on the last two weekends of June, so I will be flying in and out of Ireland for that,” Brian said.
“I get sick of Ireland when I am here too long - I am like mam stop feeding me’,” he added.
While he is keen to escape from being typecast as a reality TV star, Brian said the financial reward from his time on Big Brother has allowed him to be choosy about the TV roles he takes on.
“Big Brother set me up financially so I am lucky that I am able to pick and choose what I do,” he said.
“I am so grateful to the show for that because I don’t want people to get sick of me if I’m always on everything.”