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The Podge and Rodge Show (also formerly known as The Podge and Rodge Show with Lucy Kennedy) is an Irishmarker chat show, broadcast and produced by RTÉmarker, featuring the popular Podge and Rodge as hosts. For the first three seasons they were joined by Lucy Kennedy as a co-host but for the first half of the fourth season they were joined by guest hosts including Michelle Heaton, after Kennedy took insult to being called "every name under the sun from bisto to an ugly Gráinne Seoige". Following a mid-season hiatus, Caroline Morahan took on the role of permanent co-host in February 2009. The programme airs every Monday and Tuesday at 22:50 on RTÉ Two from February to April and from October to December with a hiatus during the summer months.

The show takes place in the fictional setting of Ballydung Manor, the brothers' home in the village of Ballydung in County Ring. As well as celebrity interviews of a humorous nature it also features other comic elements such as quizzes, reviews, news, music and talent contests as well as racenights involving amongst other entities hamsters in mazes, sheep shearing and tractors. During early episodes, with the credits rolling, it was common for the two to tell viewers to direct their complaints elsewhere, e.g. RTÉmarker or The Joe Duffy Show. The programme's popularity has even affected the Irish Singles Chart, with The Saw Doctors reaching number one on 17 October 2008 with the song "About You Now", first performed on The Podge and Rodge Show as a dare during the "Rock N' Roulette" feature of series three. In February 2009, it was reported that the producers had paid Peaches Geldof a record sum of money to give her first television interview since her divorce, beating off rivals such as The Late Late Show, Tubridy Tonight and a number of Britishmarker television shows. However, Geldof failed to show for filming.

Episodes

First series

While the pilot episode, An Audience with Podge and Rodge, was first broadcast on RTÉ on St. Stephen's Day in 2005, the series did not begin in earnest until 6 February 2006.

A feature introduced in the first series was Rodge's Wrister Wreview. It involved various items, such as books, magazines and television shows receiving the expert opinion of Rodge. The items were rated on the Wrister Scale which was displayed on the screen.

Never to be accused of ignoring current affairs, the duo aired their views on the naked calendar craze that was sweeping the world and even did their bit to help out when Ireland was faced by fears of a bird-flu pandemic; they decided to 'kill' The Late Late Show owl. After spending much time taking aim, they eventually shot him to pieces. Also in current affairs they discussed the SSIAs, taking digs at Eddie Hobbs, Pat Kenny and The Late Late Show along the way.

Second Series

The second series was broken into two halves, the first beginning on 16 October 2006 and running until 31 December 2006. After a break of one month the second series continued on 5 February 2007 and ran until 10 April 2007.

A feature that first appeared in this series was Ballydung Idol which featured spoofs of famous songs. When the performance had reached a sufficient level of "crapiness" a fart sound erupted to halt proceedings. The level of "crap" was measured on a Crapometer which Richie Kavanagh won with one minute and fifty-five seconds.

Winning Streak (a parody on the RTÉ produced gameshow of the same name) invited streakers to film their exploits and send them into the show with extra points being awarded for things such as more daylight and public streaking.

Miss Ballydung was a beauty contest of sorts; a cross between Miss World and The Rose of Tralee. It featured such beauties as Miss Muck, Miss Poledance Fitness and Miss Muff. Queen of the Land bottle-fed a lamb as Podge and Rodge made references to its imminent digestion by a hungry human. The final was held on the Monday 18 December 2006 episode, judged by The Rose of Tralee Catherine Feeney as well as that evening's guests Brendan Bowyer and Des Bishop. The winner was Miss Poledance Fitness (from Newry).

Model Andrea Roche appeared on the show amidst media speculation on an interview she gave when she was competing in the Miss World competition in the Seychellesmarker in 1997.

Podge and Rodge hosted a special show from Ballydung Manor on 19 December, entitled A Frightmare Before Christmas. It celebrated Christmas from their perspective, a reality where none of the intended guests turned up, and imaginary scenarios where the worst possible guests did. In reality Podge and Rodge and Lucy were left in the darkness of Ballydung Manor as the thunder raged outside, imagining their nightmare guests.

Podge and Rodge rang in 2007 on 31 December in a special programme lasting over forty minutes instead of the usual thirty-minute format. The New Year's Eve show was called Bogmanay (a play on Hogmanay). It was broadcast on RTÉ Two from 11:30 p.m. The boys dressed up for the occasion, presenting the show in white shirts, black jackets and bowties. The audience wore party hats.

The second series continued on 5 February 2007 after a hiatus of one month with a new feature Gifted or Afflicted and a new celebrity game; The Sheep Shagger Challenge in which Bernie the Sheep is ridden by a celebrity each week. Another new segment added was ShamRock, which has included tribute acts to some of the world's best known bands.

Third series

The third series began on 15 October 2007. A new feature will be "Ballydung's Grot Talent", which will see auditioning of freaks take place over nine weeks with judges Lucy Kennedy and Brendan Kilkenny travelling to almost 32 counties, beginning with Port Laoisemarker (with guest judge Declan Nerney). Lucy Kennedy described it as "You're A Star gone wrong" on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Today FM on Wednesday 26 September.After a hiatus following the Bogmanay New Year's Eve Special, the third series continued on 4 February 2008 twice weekly for a further ten weeks. The 100th episode was celebrated on 24 March 2008. Series three ended with two special programmes. A Jack Charlton Special on 14 April and on Tuesday 15 April the '2008 Golden Loggies Awards' which was a 'best of' show, featuring the best of the guests from the third series.

Fourth series

Each week of series four the guest presenter undergoes a challenge set by Podge and Rodge.
The fourth series began on 20 October 2008. For the first time Lucy Kennedy does not feature as co-host. Instead each week a female celebrity will guest present until they find a replacement. Kicking off the series was Michelle Heaton who joined the Ballydung brothers for the first two shows. The second week sees Pamela Flood as guest presenter.Journalist and former Miss Ireland busty Amanda Brunker also presented the show. She teased the boys with her high cut dressses and bulging clevage.Other guest presenters up until Christmas 2008 included Mary McEvoy aka Biddy from Glenroe, Donna and Joseph McCaul, Rosanna Davison, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Rebecca Loos, Caroline Morahan, Anna Nolan and Twink.After their usual mid-season break, the show returned on 9 February for a further twenty episodes with a new Lady of Ballydung Manor, Caroline Morahan. Podge (or Rodge) opened the show with the announcement that "It's the same oul’ shite", before introducing Morahan with a number of quips such as: “She was Off the Rails and now she’s off the dole queue”, “A fully nationalised, index approved ride”, “Lady Caroline of the Manor” and “Ireland’s answer to Angelina Jolie.” The fourth season began on 20 October 2008 and ran until 14 April 2009, which turned out to be the final episode of the series as it was announced that a new format, Podge & Rodge's Stickit Inn, a celebrity pub quiz would replace the chat show in the Autumn 2009 schedule.

Best of The Podge and Rodge Show

From 21 July 2009, RTÉ began showing a compilation of the best moments of the first three series of The Podge and Rodge Show. Ten half hour episodes were produced and aired on RTÉ Two at 10:30 p.m.

Reception

The show was initially a ratings success, regularly getting over 400,000 viewers a show during the first season, including 440,000 for the week beginning 9 April 2006 and peaking at almost 450,000 (40 per cent of those watching television at this time) for the season finale on 2 May. At this time it tended to have more viewers than Desperate Housewives and Lost, both of which are also shown on RTÉ Two. It was also catching up on RTÉ's flagship chat show — The Late Late Show — which airs on Friday nights on RTÉ One, and has approximately half a million viewers. However, there was a drop in viewership in later seasons, but the show continues to be the top rated home produced show on RTÉ Two.

Following on from the success of their show, Podge and Rodge were asked to appear in several television advertisements for RTÉ which encouraged viewers to pay their television licences. They were also featured in a radio ad for Will Leahy's The Saturday Show on RTÉ 2fm, in which they described the show as better than "shit on a stick". Another spin-off saw them interviewing arch-nemesis Pat Kenny for the People in Need Telethon whilst around the same time a book, The Ballydung Bible, was released.

DVDs

DVD Name Release Date Bonus Material
The Podge & Rodge Show - The Best of Series One 3 November 2006 Unseen pilot interview with sports presenter George Hamilton,Even More Johnny Vegas ,More Keith Duffy, Ainezone, Ballydung Weather with Martin King,Pole Dancing Competition.
The Podge & Rodge Show - The Cream of Series Two 2 November 2007 Miss Ballydung Pageant, Ballydung Idol, Sex Toy Show with Margo, A Load of Pointless Games, Photo album, Hidden Easter Eggs.
The Podge & Rodge Show - The Best of Series Three 14 November 2008 Jack Charlton half hour special Uncut,Rock N Roulette jukebox, Secret Bloopers tape.
The Podge & Rodge Show - The Best of Series Four 6 November 2009 Podge & Rodge's Family Album, The Ballydung Jukebox. DVD cover design by Jim Fitzpatrick


Awards

TVNow award:
  • Favourite Television Programme - 2006 WON
  • Favourite Television Programme - 2007 WON
  • Favourite Television Programme - 2008 Nomination


IFTA:
  • Best Entertainment Show - 2007 Nomination
  • BSE/IFB & NIFTC Breakthrough Talent Award for Lucy Kennedy for her role as co-host - 2007 Nomination
  • Best Entertainment Show - 2008 WON
  • Best Entertainment Show - 2009 Nomination


Footnotes

  1. Official television listings
  2. The Podge and Rodge Show
  3. " Caroline joins Ballydung boys!
  4. RTÉ Television And The Podge & Rodge Show In Ratings High
  5. " RTE/TV3 Top 20 Programmes" Medialive. URL last accessed 2007-03-23
  6. RTÉ 2fm advertisement
  7. Podge and Rodge grill Pat Kenny
  8. TVNow nominees 2008
  9. Pluto leads Irish awards race
  10. IFTA nominees announced
  11. IFTA nominees 2009 announced


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