"Bringing back The Den was one of the best ideas anyone has ever had."
The Den has only been back two weeks, and already it seems like one of the real highlights of 2020.
Sure, there was some trepidation in bringing back a show that hasn't been on the air for over a decade, and began over 34 years ago. Would the chemistry be the same? Would they try to "update" the humour for a new generation? Would there be big changes to the format to make it more attention grabbing?
Turns out, there has been no real reason to worry, as is made very clear from special guest Stephen Fry arriving on Sunday to read some of Dustin's poetry...
Viewers have had nothing but overwhelmingly positive things to say about the show since it came back.
Long may the new season continue!
Bringing back The Den was one of the best ideas anyone has ever had ever.
— Paul Howard (@AkaPaulHoward) November 15, 2020
Well, #theden is just fantastic
— PatrickFreyne (@PatrickFreyne1) November 15, 2020
The difference between kids on #theden now and the kids on The Den in the 90s is something else. Now they’re all showbiz and extroverted. In the 90s, they were all so crippled with the fear of notions, you thought they were gonna collapse in on themselves.
— Muireann O'Connell (@MuireannO_C) November 15, 2020
The thing about #TheDen is the tone is perfect because they didn’t change anything. They didn’t update it & mess with our memories & that’s why it works so well.
— Jenn Gannon (@jennpops) November 15, 2020
man. was half giving out about the idea of The Den coming back as a failure to foster new "talent".
but getting CMAT and Mary Wollopers on? Actually smuggling in Ireland's most interesting acts. i now fully support this show
— Gar (@garfieldcatman) November 15, 2020
The Den airs on RTÉ One on Sundays at 6.30pm, and for another taster, check out this "duet" featuring The Mary Wallopers and Dustin: