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Brendan Courtney unlocks second season of hit series Keys To My Life

Brendan Courtney

Brendan Courtney

Eoin Murphy

RTÉ has commissioned a second season of Brendan Courtney's hit reality TV series Keys to My Life.

This unique format, follows a host of Irish personalities as they return to places they've lived that have shaped their lives.

And while the line-up of the new series is being kept under strict lock and key, the Sunday World has learned that both Linda Martin and Mary Coughlan will take part.

Celebrities that featured in the first season included former newsreader Anne Doyle, footballer Frank Stapleton, Eurovision star Johnny Logan and Mrs Brown’s Boys Star Rory Cowan.

Country singer Margo O’Donnell and World Champion Ballroom Dancer and Dancing With The Stars judge Loraine Barry also appeared on the show.

The series proved so popular with viewers that RTÉ has green-lit a second series, which has already begun filming in line with the station's health and safety guidelines.

But while production had ramped up in recent weeks, due to the current government restrictions, Brendan and his crew have been forced to shut down filming.

“It is very early days and this won’t be screened until next year, but a second season has been commissioned and they have started filming,” said an RTÉ insider.

“Right now, we are in lockdown so filming has had to stop.

“So, for now, we are progressing very slowly, but we do have a bit of time on our hands.

“And we have two big names already signed up in Mary Coughlan and Linda Martin.

“Both are household names with colourful pasts and are just these interesting, strong, women.

"What we have in the can already is surprising and emotional and hopefully will make for some great telly.

“Look it will be hard to live up to season one, but I have to say we are off to a great start.”

The second season of Keys to My Life is not due to be delivered to RTE until the spring which will give producers plenty of time to complete filming.

It is not the only production unit that has been forced to shut down due to the Level 5 restrictions.

First Dates was forced to close the set hours before filming was due to begin on a new season.

Also, Angela Scanlon’s new chat show, Ask Me Anything, has been put on an indefinite hiatus, until audiences are allowed back into studio.

“What helps is that this show can be filmed on a skeleton crew all the while obeying social distancing guidelines.

“I wouldn’t say too much about it but we are in good shape and we won’t let the lockdown take the wind out of our sails.”

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