As Finbar Furey and Mundy battle it out for a place in the finale of The Hit, Derek talks to the show’s creator about what it takes to make a winning TV format. And we hear the extraordinary tale of the football manager appointed to FC Baku whose experience was solely in the computer game "Football Manager"!
The big finale of RTÉ’s The Hit takes place THIS Friday. Presented by Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power, The Hit is the latest music reality show format – and it’s been doing relatively well, with a quarter of a million people tuning in each week.
And that’s just in Ireland. It’s about to travel around the world!
Finding a winning TV format can mean big bucks. Imagine if you were the person behind shows like these The X Factor, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Big Brother.
If you had thought those up, right now a butler would probably be serving you up afternoon tea on a silver platter and a helicopter would be waiting in your back yard to transport you to dinner this evening.
Yes, one clever idea can become your intellectual property and for TV producers, finding 'The Big One' is a bit of a quest for the Holy Grail!
Philip Kampff is the creator of The Hit and the owner of Vision Independent Productions and he joins Derek in studio today, as does Declan Jones, Head of Development with Vision Independent Productions, whose job on The Hit was to listen to and whittle down the 1000 songs received into the show...