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Friday 15 December 2017

Craig's chatshow back after radical revamp

RTE's Craig Doyle has said he hopes viewers will notice "a few changes" in his show, which has had a radical overhaul.

As revealed in the Herald, producers decided to completely revamp troubled topical chat-show The Social, after it met with a decidedly mixed reaction from Irish audiences.

A raft of changes have been put in place for the show, which was commissioned to run for 36 episodes, after it was acknowledged that the original format needed to be radically tweaked.

The programme will return to the small screens on February 28 entitled Craig Doyle Live.

Viewers will also be treated to a double helping of the programme as it will be screened on Tuesday and Thursday, and presenter Craig is promising extra interaction with the audiences as he endeavours to liven up the show.

In addition, he'll also take on the role of a roving reporter as he goes out and about the country bringing back some "weird and wonderful reports".

"I'm really looking forward to being back live on on RTE Two on Tuesday nights and now Thursdays too," Craig said.

"We hope our audience enjoy this bigger and better show."

When it first aired last November, critics had branded it "awkward" to watch.

An insider said: "It was widely acknowledged, even by Craig himself, that the show just wasn't working. He did his best to make it as lively as possible but there were problems with the format. The whole programme was picked apart from scratch and revised."

Craig, originally from Dublin, has been dividing his time between here and Britain for most of his TV career.

He previously fronted a BBC travel show called Holiday and has been working on its sports coverage, particularly rugby commentary, since 2004.

mfinn@herald.ie

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