Deirdre O'Kane has said she feels "very relieved" to have the first episode of her highly-anticipated RTÉ One series down and says the show "feels like it's a good fit".

The much-loved comic, who is set to interview PJ Gallagher on the second episode of Deirdre O'Kane Talks Funny tonight, admits that she is "desperately" trying to "focus on the actual job" without letting the show's prime time slot (Saturdays at 9.10pm) get to her head.

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Speaking to RTÉ Entertainment about her six-part series, which uncovers what makes some of Ireland's best-loved personalities tick, O'Kane said she wants the show to be especially "great for women".

"I feel very relieved. You're trying so hard not to let your head get into that place of the prime time slot. You know it's going to be judged in a harsh way.

"But you try desperately to just focus on the actual job and not let the slot get to your head. But it does get to you," she said.

"Much more importantly because there hasn't been a woman at the helm in this slot for a long time, I want it to be great for woman. That has kind of weighed heavily on me."

When asked how she feels commanding the room for the guts of 40 minutes, she said:  "I do feel comfortable in that chair. I do feel like it's a good fit and it feels right." 

Deirdre O'Kane Talks Funny gets up close and personal with a number of the country's most renowned names in fun-filled intimate conversations, and O'Kane says she is fully aware that humour can't overshadow the heart of people's stories.

"You can't talk to people for 40 minutes and not have a little bit of depth," she said. "I want to give the audience enough time to see a different side and hear something about that person that they didn't know before."

Referring to her first guest, the legendary Pat Shortt, O'Kane said she was thrilled to allow her viewers into his world.

"I knew with Pat that most people wouldn't have known that he was one of eleven children. Also, only a small percentage of people would know that he was only eleven when his mother died and that dynamic."

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The Noble star revealed that she did re-watch her debut show and said while it is "tortuous" it can also be constructive.

"It's tortuous to watch it back but I did," she said. No one is going to go out on show one and get it absolutely right - it's not possible. I think that's why the first show has such an intense pressure to it. There isn't anywhere to hide," she laughed. 

"It's important to learn from each show".

Deirdre O'Kane Talks Funny airs on Saturdays at 9:10pm on RTÉ One.

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