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6 things we know about Pat Kenny's new UTV Ireland show

It’s “going well so far”, anyway.

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PAT KENNY MOVED to UTV Ireland late last year, and promised us that he’d be fronting his own TV series by spring of 2015.

So how are the plans going?

It’s launching in April

A spokesperson for UTV Ireland confirmed that the show will air in April.

That’s not too far off schedule – back in December, Pat told us that his series “will start in March or April”.

He’s had a presence on the station since its launch on 1 January though, which he said was part of their “Out With The Old – In with the U” focus.

It will be an entertainment show 

Though UTV couldn’t confirm whether the show will be taking its cues from the Late Late Show, or a series from further abroad, it did say it will be an entertainment show.

So not anything like Frontline, then.

Kenny has already told us:

In my mind’s eye, the kind of show I want is that when you switch on, you won’t know. It won’t be formulaic. That’s what I’m hoping. It could be one person [interviewed]. It could be four people. It could be a row. I don’t know at this stage. But I hope it’s not predictable. That’s my ambition… If we can construct a few watercooler moments.

It will be filmed in front of a studio audience

But it won’t be going out live. Instead, it will be filmed as live and then broadcast later. Kenny has plenty of experience with live audiences, what with 10 years of the Late Late and four years of Frontline.

It’s going to be filmed in the Mansion House

In the Round Room, no less.

They haven’t finalised the schedule yet

Today’s Daily Mail says sources told it that the show would be going head-to-head with Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday night show on RTÉ. But a spokesperson told us that they are “looking at all options” for scheduling.

Plans are “going well so far”

The spokesperson told us that things behind the scenes are “going great”, and that it “won’t be long” before we find out the finalised details for the show’s debut. We can expect to hear more in a few weeks.

“I know already that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. That’s inevitable. I’m hoping that we’ll be very proud of the output,” said Kenny.

Do you plan on watching the show?

Poll Results:

No (1346)
I'll decide when I know more (846)
Yes (616)

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