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  John Bishop In Ireland

John Bishop will embark on a 600-mile road trip around Ireland in a new series to be broadcast on ITV.

The comedian, 52, will visit historic sites, learn our customs and perform his comedy in pubs and stadiums.

His exploits will be broadcast across four 30-minute episodes, which have been commissioned by ITV.

Bishop said: “Ireland holds a very special place in my heart and always has done, even before I started stand-up comedy.

“So to have the opportunity to travel around, meet local people, make them laugh and experience new things along the way has been a total joy.”

Liverpudlian Bishop quit his job as a pharmaceutical sales representative to become a stand-up comedian and host after gigging around Ireland.

Line Of Duty

Sunday's episode of Line of Duty was the most-watched show of 2019 so far, according to overnight figures.

The first instalment of series five was watched by 7.8 million viewers. That also made it the most-watched episode in the history of the police drama.

In comparison, series four's opener was seen live by 5.4 million, with the finale watched by 7.5 million.

The series five premiere went up against Victoria on ITV, with the period drama attracting 3.1 million.

Line of Duty's return follows the success of writer Jed Mercurio's other hit show, Bodyguard, the opening episode of which was seen live by 6.6 million last year. Its finale drew a record-breaking 10.4 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

Overnight ratings measure live TV viewing and don't include catch-up.


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