On Monday, 9 December, Today with Maura and Dáithí will broadcast their 1000th show on RTÉ One. This series milestone show presented by Maura Derrane and Dáithí O Sé marks the start of Maura and Dáithí‘s on-air Christmas season as the set will have some extra festive sparkle for the coming weeks.
Commenting ahead of the show Maura Derrane said: “It’s such an achievement for everyone working on the show to reach 1000 episodes. We are all very proud. It’s all down to great commitment from everyone in RTÉ Cork and to our loyal audience who have journeyed with us for eight years. We are so thankful to them.”
Dáithí O’ Sé added: “I remember getting a call from the boss at the time asking me if I would like to go to Cork for a few months. I didn’t realise his few months meant 96 months and counting… It is really great to see how the show has changed and evolved down the years and I really think this year we have the perfect formula. A special mention and word of thanks to the audience – if it wasn’t for your loyalty we wouldn’t be here. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.”
James Patrice will be backstage at Dancing with the Stars rehearsals to exclusively reveal the final two celebrity dancers who will take to the dancefloor, when the series returns on Sunday, 5 January, 2020. The Rebel Brass band will be performing throughout the show, increasing in numbers and volume as the show goes on. There will be a fashion takeover by fans of the show, led by fashion stylist Anne-Marie Gannon. Bibi Baskin will be chatting to Maura and Dáithí about wellness and how best to look after yourself and others.
Chef Paul Flynn will also be in studio on Monday to showcase his favourite big celebration dish. Maura and Dáithí will be giving viewers five chances to win a €1,000 cash prize and will be calling lucky competition winners throughout the show. They will also have special 1000th episode celebration mugs to give away to viewers.
Commenting ahead of the show, Colm Crowley, Head of Production, RTÉ Cork said: “It’s a sign of the deep affection that both Maura and Dáithí are held in by the audience that we have got to this incredible point. Each and everyday the team in Cork put in a huge effort to brighten up everyone’s afternoon, and both Maura and Dáithí deserve great credit for always put the audience first -that’s the secret of their success.”
Marty Morrissey is joining the 1000th show party and will be taking over the final part of the show with his ‘This Is Your Life’ red book, delving into the archives for this favourite Today show moments, bringing plenty of laughs and heartfelt moments. Marty will also look back at some of the famous faces that have sat on the couch with Maura and Dáithí over the last eight seasons.
Tune in to the 1000th episode of Today with Maura and Dáithí at 3.30 pm on Monday 9th December on RTÉ One.