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Maur to see Nicky Byrne and Maura Higgins host new shows in RTÉ new season line-up

Dermot Bannon is back out and about for a new series of Room To Improve while The Late Late Show will finish out the season in 2022 marking its 60th anniversary.


Maura Higgins (Ian West/PA)

Maura Higgins (Ian West/PA)

Maura Higgins (Ian West/PA)

Nicky Byrne, Maura Higgins and Tommy Tiernan are all set to feature as part of the new RTÉ autumn entertainment schedule unveiled today. 

And Aidan Gillen will star in new crime drama Kin, which follows the lives of a fictional Dublin family embroiled in a gangland war, while the schedule also features the TV adaptation of Conversations with Friends, by Normal People author Sally Rooney.

Last Singer Standing will be hosted by Nicky Byrne on Saturday nights and is a new format, karaoke-inspired game show in which singers from around Ireland compete to win a €25,000 prize.

Pop superstars Nadine Coyle, Joey Fatone and Samantha Mumba will be joining the show as panelists, offering their expert opinions and advice throughout the series.

Meanwhile, Glow Up Ireland sees Love Island winner Maura Higgins challenge Ireland’s best amateur make-up artists to compete against each other.

In the series, ten of Ireland’s best amateur make-up artists will show off their technical knowhow, skill, artistry and imagination, with beauty business professionals Cathyanne Mac Allister and Emma O’Byrne putting contestants through their paces.

One of the ten will be crowned Ireland’s next make-up star and will win an opportunity to further their career.

Meanwhile, Angela Scanlon will host a one-hour Saturday night show, Ask Me Anything, which RTÉ said “promises plenty of surprises and revelations when the host chats with guests who have agreed to be asked about absolutely anything.”

Also in entertainment, The Late Late Show will be returning next month with host Ryan Tubridy, and it will be landmark season, as the programme will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2022. The Late Late is the longest running chat show in the world. Also celebrating an anniversary is Today with Maura and Dáithí which celebrates ten years of afternoon chat and entertainment.

Emer O’Neill, formerly of Home School Hub, is joining the two hosts while Sinéad Kennedy takes maternity leave.

A new season of The Tommy Tiernan Show returns with a Christmas special. The show has been a fan favourite and one with a difference in which neither the host nor the audience know who the guests are until they walk out on stage.

Also on the entertainment line-up, First Dates will be returning for a seventh season.

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And Room to Improve will be making a return with Dermot Bannon back out about after the lockdowns and building again. It will be the 13th season of Room to Improve and will include a brand new build for a family in Kilmacud, a total renovation and modern extension in Tullamore for a recently engaged couple and a sustainable renovation in Thurles for a couple who are passionate about nature and gardening.

Other entertainment shows returning are Soundtrack to my Life, hosted by Bressie, a new series of DIY SOS with Baz Ashmawy, and The Style Counsellors with Suzanne Jackson. Oliver Callan will also be bringing his comedy takes on both TV and radio.

Speaking today about the Late Late Show, Ryan Tubridy said that: "Our first show back is enormous and it is ready to go, and there is music and there is entertainment. We are going to put the premium on entertainment, and laughter and fun. We need that. You see it everywhere.

"Obviously we will be going to serious places too. But we are very excited about coming back with a bang."

With the show set to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year he spoke about its enduring appeal.

"I think for a lot of people there's that lovely sense of familiarity, but also curiosity."

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