TIM FAN­NING MY VIEW

Mak­ing the switch from ra­dio to TV isn’t al­ways easy, but it can pay off…

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Re­mem­ber when Mrs Brown first ap­peared as a sketch on 2fm. No? Me, nei­ther. It was in 1992 – a long, long time ago in terms of ra­dio. It was to be an­other two decades be­fore Bren­dan O’Car­roll’s cre­ation be­came a fran­chise in­tent on world dom­i­na­tion. This week, the foul-mouthed ma­tri­arch was on Moore Street in the cap­i­tal, film­ing scenes for Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie. If the stage shows and TV se­ries are any­thing to go by, it could well do a de­cent box of­fice.

All of which serves as some en­cour­age­ment to the boys who once held court on Newstalk’s Off The Ball. Mak­ing their de­but this week on Se­cond Cap­tains Live ( Tues­day, RTÉ Two) must have been a nerve-wrack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But as Tony Han­cock and the afore­men­tioned Mrs Brown have shown, it is pos­si­ble to bring a suc­cess­ful ra­dio show on to TV.

Mario Rosen­stock’s im­per­son­ations of the great and good have kept young and old en­ter­tained on the ra­dio through good times and bad. Whether his sledge­ham­mer hu­mour trans­lates to the screen is de­bat­able, but he must be do­ing some­thing right, as a se­cond se­ries of his show starts this week.

In the States, some of the most fa­mous names in tele­vi­sion, such as Jack Benny, be­gan their ca­reers be­hind the mic in a ra­dio stu­dio. Sim­i­larly, the likes of Ron­ald Rea­gan and Or­son Welles started out in ra­dio be­fore mov­ing into film.

Not all ra­dio stars have made suc­cess­ful tran­si­tions to the small screen. The late Gerry Ryan never quite found the ve­hi­cle that suited his tal­ents, and you al­ways felt that he was a lot more com­fort­able as the shock jock. An­other 2fm stal­wart Dave Fan­ning, though a per­fectly de­cent TV pre­sen­ter, also seemed hap­pier on ra­dio.

Ryan Tubridy strad­dles both tele­vi­sion and ra­dio. Stronger on light en­ter­tain­ment than hard news, his switch from Ra­dio 1 to 2fm to fill Gerry Ryan’s slot was the right call. But he can still look awk­ward when faced with the newsier in­ter­views on the Late Late. And then there’s Miriam, who, when­ever the call is made, is ready to step into the breach and serve God, coun­try and the pow­ers-that-be in Mon­trose. Twelve am­a­teur bak­ers show what they can do in the oven in this home-grown ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Bri­tish cook­ery pro­gramme. The con­tes­tants have to im­press food writer Biddy White Len­non and ex­ec­u­tive pas­try chef at the Mer­rion Ho­tel Paul Kelly (pic­tured above with pre­sen­ter Anna Nolan, right). They’ll be pok­ing, prod­ding and, of course, tast­ing the good­ies (and the notso-good­ies) that emerge from the kitchen each week. In this week’s open­ing episode, Biddy and Paul will be set­ting their first chal­lenge: com­ing up with the per­fect cup­cake. Then it’s up to the bak­ers to create a Genoise sponge, which will be blind-tasted by the judges. So tune in to find out who’ll be named this week’s star baker and who’ll be go­ing home.

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