Dare accepted

Comics land Irish TV show

Comics Andrew Stanley, pictured, and Damian Clark have landed their own Irish TV series, based on their Edinburgh Fringe show.

I Dare Ya sees the pair embark on a series of daft challenges set by members of their audience.

The show played at the Gilded Balloon at last year’s Fringe, and has been taken up for a new series on RTE2, it was announced this week.

Comedian Des Bishop also returns to Irish screens in the next season’s line-ups. During his six-part series, In The Name of the Fada, he will try to learn enough of the Irish language to perform his stand-up in Gaelic.

And a spoof new documentary series on RTE2, The English Class, follows a group of immigrant students and their hapless teacher. The Seventies ITV comedy Mind Your Language had a similar premise, but its jokes are considered borderline racist by today’s sensibilities.

Noel Curran, managing director of RTE Television said: ‘We are on course to provide almost 3,500 hours of home-produced content this year. We're putting a big emphasis this season on the range of new programming [including] new faces and formats in entertainment.’

Published: 10 Aug 2007

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