10 June 2023 The Irish Film & Television Network
Several new Northern Irish comedy programmes launch on BBC Northern Ireland for 2022
12 Jan 2022 : News Desk
Top, from left, the cast of Dry Your Eyes and Paddy Raff. Bottom, from left, Grimes and McKee and the cast of Give My Head Peace.
BBC Northern Ireland has launched a series of homegrown comedy programmes as part of the broadcaster’s commitment to develop new comedy talent and writing in Northern Ireland.

Across the new releases, BBC Northern Ireland offers audiences a range of original and returning content, with a mix of fresh faces and some familiar favourites to help brighten up the dark winter nights of the New Year.

“We have a wealth of local comedy acting and writing talent on these shores and we are delighted to be able to offer viewers a rich mix of comedy favourites together with developing new material featuring some familiar and new faces,” said BBC Northern Ireland’s Head of Content Commissioning, Eddie Doyle.

The first of these new programmes will be the comedy sketch show Dry Your Eyes,  which airs on Mondays at 10.35pm across January on BBC One Northern Ireland.

Produced by the Hole in the Wall Gang, Dry Your Eyes showcases an up-and-coming cast of actors and writers fresh to Irish screens. It has been 15 years since the Hole in the Wall Gang first brought some iconic characters to the screen with the original version of the programme.

The new on-screen line-up is comprised of Niamh McAllister, Michael Stranney, Bernadette Brown, Diona Doherty and Cailum Carragher, who bring viewers a freshly baked batch of cringeworthy creations who confront modern life in their own weird way, but speak with an uniquely local voice.

Another of these isThe Paddy Raff Show, which sees the award-winning comedian returns to BBC Northern Ireland this January with a new four-part series.

Paddy’s comical sketches on family life feature familiar faces Granny Raff, Father Pat, and Malone’s most talked about resident Nigel, who is looking for love. While new character Kara-Lynne raises a few laughs with her efforts to find the right job. The Paddy Raff Show is made by Nice One Productions for BBC Northern Ireland.

Ma, Da, Cal, Uncle Andy, and all the gang, are back as Give My Head Peace runs across three episodes and airs Fridays at 10.35pm on BBC One Northern Ireland.

The broadcaster has also commissioned a new comedy drama, written by and starring local comedy duo Grimes and McKee. The action revolves around the fictitious GAA club of St Mungo’s. It is currently in production with the makers of Hope Street, Long Story TV, and will air later this Spring.

The Blame Game, produced by Moondog Productions and hosted by Tim McGarry, with panellists Diona Doherty, Neil Delamere and Colin Murphy, makes a return later this year with a new series following a successful run at the end of last year recorded in venues across Northern Ireland.

All programmes will be available to watch live on BBC One Northern Ireland and afterwards to watch anytime on BBC iPlayer.

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