Tommy Tiernan's hugely popular Saturday night chat show, which was due to finish its ten-week run next weekend, has been extended by six weeks.

Now in its fifth season, the much-loved RTÉ One series has continued to garner a loyal following due to Tiernan's natural wit, great banter and stellar ability to think on his feet.

In recent weeks, viewers watched in awe as former Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll opened up about the simple joys of parenthood and the tragic story of his close friend who died by suicide.

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In a mesmerisingly frank conversation, actor Stephen Rea discussed his marriage to the late Dolours Price, a former Provisional IRA member, recounting how he had married someone who was very troubled.

He also talked about life on the road and the war between art and the 'bourgeois lifestyle'.

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Earlier in the series writer and documentary-maker, Manchán Magan recalled a fascinating story about building Ireland's first straw bale house and self-sustainability.

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In another tender episode, Baz Ashmawy spoke about the trauma of his father leaving him as a child, saying "he legged it with a bit of my identity".

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An extremely powerful interview saw Tiernan chat to Northern Irish strongman Chris McNaghten, who opened up about his mental health issues and suicide attempt, as he struggled to come to terms with his sexuality.

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As with all of the guests on the show, actress Helen Behan was wonderfully honest, with many viewers hailing the Meath woman as a breath of fresh air among all the Covid madness.

The mum-of-four joked about on-screen kisses, admitting it's necessary if her co-star is easy on the eyes!

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The final episode in the current series of The Tommy Tiernan Show will now air on Saturday, April 17 on RTÉ One. Click here to catch up on RTÉ Player

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