The Idea

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Through her talent for genuine interaction, host Yvonne Tiernan brings a refreshing approach to the interview format in a brand new series to be launched exclusively on the RTÉ Player only, on October 12th. The Couch is a female driven weekly conversation series that captures women’s unique ability to engage in an open exchange of stories, intimacies, life lessons and wisdom. Surprisingly frank and honest, each episode deals with the universal themes of life with well-known Irish and international women.

With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Yvonne (43) has assembled an impressive guest-list for her very first solo television project.  Guests in this opening six-part series include Perfumier Jo Malone, Comedy Writer & Actress Sharon Horgan, Singer Songwriter Eddi Reader, TV Producer & Presenter Maia Dunphy, Guardian of Castle Leslie Sammy Leslie, Broadcaster Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Model & Agent Celia Holman-Lee.

A long time fan of interview shows, Yvonne identified a gap in the Irish television landscape for an interview series with a difference, one that provides a forum for women to talk about the challenges they face on a daily basis:

I’m a Mum, a Wife, a Sister, a Daughter and a Friend too and I know I don’t have all of the answers. So, I am interested in finding out how other women are dealing with the same challenges. I want ‘The Couch’ to represent the conversations us women are having everyday so as you can imagine there are lots of tears and laughter on set. As a big fan of old school interview shows this whole experience is a kind of dream come true for me and I hope it’s the beginning of a whole new chapter in my career.”

Exclusive to RTÉ Player, Episode 1 of The Couch ‘Beautybroadcasts on October 12th and is available on RTÉ Player on or through the RTÉ Player app available for free download for iOS and Android devices. Following the launch of the first episode on Monday 12th October, a new programme will be made available on demand each Monday for the following five weeks as part of ‘The Couch’ series collection. The Other themes explored throughout the remainder of the series include ‘Love’, ‘Motherhood’, Mums & Dads’, ‘Work/Life‘ and ‘Wisdom’.

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