Republic of Telly
|Republic of Telly|
|Created by||James Cotter|
|Written by||James Cotter, Dermot Whelan|
|Presented by||Neil Delamere (2009-2010)
Dermot Whelan (2010 - 2013)
Damo and Ivor
Mairéad Farrell (2009-2010)
|Theme music composer||Daft Punk|
|Opening theme||"Television Rules the Nation"|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Location(s)||Studio 4, RTÉ Television Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||RTÉ Two|
|First shown in||24 October 2009|
|Original run||24 October 2009 – Present|
|Followed by||TBC (2013)|
Republic of Telly is a TV review and magazine programme on Irish public broadcaster, RTÉ Two. Presented by comedian Dermot Whelan, the programme is intended as a satirical examination at television, mocking various Irish and British TV channels, including sketches and special guests making an appearance from the shows. An added feature of the show is its correspondents Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O'Shea. Maguire conducts vox pops and celebrity interviews, whereas O'Shea conducts "live on the spot reports" (filmed in front of a greenscreen). Series two also introduced comedians The Rubberbandits as reporters, bizarre weathermen and agony aunts. The series has contributed to the chart success of The Rubberbandits single "Horse Outside", as well as "Everybody's Drinkin'" and "Big Box Little Box" by Damo and Ivor.
The first season, which was presented by Neil Delamere began in 2009. The first season continued on 15 February 2010 and concluded in the spring of that year. The season featured Mairéad Farrell and had guests such as Marty Whelan, Kathryn Thomas, the cast of The Apprentice, and Dermot Whelan.
The second season, with Dermot Whelan taking over as host, began in October 2010. The second season continued in March 2011 and concluded in the spring of that year.
The third season began on 17 October 2011, with an episode featuring Georgia Salpa, Damo and Ivor, Dead Cat Bounce and Darby the Leprechaun. The season continued until 24 April 2012.
The fourth series of the installment began broadcasting on 22 October 2012 at 10 PM. Robogarda debuted and Georgia Salpa, considered by RTÉ to be a celebrity woman "who tends to pop up almost anywhere", returned. In December *The Republic of Telly DVD was released
- "Robogarda set for Republic of Telly". RTÉ Ten. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.