Kelly: Boxers, Ruth Madoc, Giant Haystacks and other guests

Kelly: Boxers, Ruth Madoc, Giant Haystacks and other guests

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Ulster Television studios




Transmission 09/03/1990


1hr 17min 21sec




Betacam SP



Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)


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This regional Friday night talk and variety show first came on air in September 1989 and became Ireland’s favourite chat show. The host, Gerry Kelly, interviewed hundreds of familiar names in showbusiness, film and television, music, sport and politics in Ulster Television studio in Belfast. The end of the series was announced by UTV in 2005.

In this episode of the series, Kelly welcomes live studio audience and a great line up of guests including names such as Ruth Madoc, Jonathan Kay, Bernard Davey, Tim Chapman, Dessie Lesson, Lloyd Grossman from ‘Through the Keyhole’ but also Barney Eastwood, Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley and nine more boxers together with Jean Anderson who looks after their diets. Gerry Kelly is presented with a special gift - gloves once worn by the great Muhammad Ali in his only fight in Ireland. The show also features performances by the popular folk singer Mary Black, Colum Hughes and the Buzz, Tony Allen singing “From a Jack to a King” and by the resident duo, Bacaan, who perform a song called “No Game for a Child”. The grand finale of this programme reunites the stars of the most popular video ever recorded by Ulster Television, the one where Giant Haystacks body-slammed TV presenter and a wrestling disbeliever at the time, Jackie Fullerton. Ten years later, the two meet again and re-establish friendly relations.


Presented by Gerry Kelly
Director: Will Armstrong
Producer: David Donaghy
Cameras: Gill Henderson
Sound: Gary Mawhinney
Lighting: Gary Dixon
Console Operator: Jackie Wright
Props: Jimmy McConnell
Make Up: Claire Loane
Wardrobe: Karen Cochrane
Production Secretary: June McClinton
Aston: Mary McCleave
Floor Manager: Jim Starrett
Vision Mixer: William Scott
Vision Control: David Blackburne
Title Music: Jingle Jangles
Designer: Christopher George
Programme Associate: Michael Henderson
Production Assistant/ Research: Sara Bell

Guests: Joe Egan, Richie Wenton, John Lloyd, Ray Close, Sam Storey, Paul Hodgekinson, Crisanto Espana, Victor Cordoba, Nigel Wenton, Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley, Barney Eastwood, Jean Anderson, Ruth Madoc, Tony Allen, Colum Hughes, Mary Black, Lloyd Grossman, Dessie Lesson, Bacaan, Jackie Fullerton and Giant Haystacks

Ulster Television Production


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