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Who needs The Roaring Twenties when you have Nightly News with Vincent Browne?

It’s the TV event of the year, people and it’s only January 14th. Starting tonight at 11pm, Nightly News with Vincent Browne is where Big Vinnie goes into battle with the TV3 news team and no, this is not a …

Mon, Jan 14, 2008, 08:52

   

It’s the TV event of the year, people and it’s only January 14th. Starting tonight at 11pm, Nightly News with Vincent Browne is where Big Vinnie goes into battle with the TV3 news team and no, this is not a new take on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Or Californication. Or even Xpose. This is, well, Nightly News with Vincent Browne.

Per TV3:

Nightly News with Vincent Browne is a programme that will go behind the headlines to take an in-depth look at the stories of the day and the people who are making the news. It will also contain an up to the minute news bulletin, sport, weather and a first look at the following day’s newspaper headlines. It will offer Irish viewers something they have never had before – a news bulletin, in-depth reports and live interviews with guests – all fronted by this country’s most iconic journalist.

Basically, it’s Browne’s usually excellent, often idiosyncratic and occasionally downright amazing RTE radio show transfered to the TV. It was mooted to be an autumn highlight, but transmission was delayed until now (wardrobe issues, we hear).

The questions this morning: will the big man survive the transfer to the box? Will it turn out to be the new Dunphy show? How will Vinnie cope standing/sitting shoulder-pad to shoulder-pad with the world-famous TV3 news team, the ones who just can’t sit still when they’re broadcasting? More to the point, how will they cope with him?

On the Record is offering the following odds:

8/15 The Mahon tribunal to feature heavily.

1/1 Vinnie to sigh dramatically at least twice during the first show

7/2 Vinnie to wear grey socks

10/1 Vinnie to discuss candidates for the Newcastle manager’s job with Trevor Welch

20/1 Vinnie and Ursala Halligan to have a heated debate about Enda Kenny’s tie

33/1 Senator Eoghan Harris to turn up and then storm off

100/1 The first show to feature any mention of the presenter’s favourite operas.