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Ryan ConfidentialRTÉ One, Thursday, 10.15pm


The eighth season of “Ryan Confidential” is marked by a new international dimension. Gerry travelled to Los Angeles to film the first show in the series: an intimate interview at the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Hefner – a legendary figure in American popular culture. Hef talks candidly to Gerry about the failure of his marriages – and why, at 83 years old, he continues to date teenage girls.

Sir Roger Moore – the longest serving James Bond – also features in the new series. He tells Gerry why he considers himself to be a coward, and the real reason he decided to quit the role of 007.

Conan O’Brien – the current host of NBC’s legendary “Tonight” show, and one of the most influential figures in the US entertainment industry – is seldom interviewed. However, he made an exception for Gerry. In this exclusive interview, also recorded in LA, he talks about his love for Montgomery Burns (of the Simpsons), reveals the pressures of US television, and explains why his skin only feels really comfortable in Ireland.

The new series of “Ryan Confidential” begins on October 8th on RTE 1 at 10.15.”