Tommy Tiernan reveals his favourite TV shows

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Stand up comedian Tommy Tiernan brings his Out of the Whirlwind show to Brighton Comedy Festival next month.

The show will take place at 8pm on 18 October at the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange.

This year’s Brighton Comedy Festival will feature 70 performances across 16 days at the Dome, Komedia and The Old Market.

> Buy tickets now on the official website.

Other acts will include Dara O Briain, Ed Byrne, Lee Nelson, One Man Breaking Bad, Nina Conti, John Lloyd, Milton Jones, Jason Byrne, Rob Beckett, Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Hardeep Singh Kohli, James Acaster, Nish Kumar, Joe Lycett, Beardyman, Alfie Moore, Fred MacAuley, The Thinking Drinkers Club and Sean Kelly from Storage Wars.

We caught up with Tommy to find out what he likes to watch to relax between shows…


TV show that reminds you of your childhood:

“I lived in Africa as a child during the early 70’s and The Lone Ranger was the programme of choice for young sophisticates.”


TV show that reminds you of being a teenager:

Countdown. Home from school after a 3 mile walk, heavy bag thrown in the corner, flopped on to the couch, Mammy either weeping or cooking in the kitchen and Uncle Bob Holness on the telly; he was the best teacher we ever had, patient kind and a little mischievous. Also I think we would have learnt more in school if they gave out prizes like they did on that show.”


Favourite TV show to cheer you up:

Dads Army. Quite wonderfully understated comic acting, they were all mad as a brush, but somehow cutely believable.They make it seem so effortless. Charming from start to finish.”


Favourite TV show to watch before going to sleep:

“Anything pastural. I’m a big fan of green TV, so Cricket, snooker, soccer or documentaries about farming please and I’m slip sliding into dreamtown.”


Favourite “guilty pleasure” TV show:

“I can handle about 5 mins of Jeremy Kyle before I start shouting at the telly – not at the ‘guests’ mind you but at him. It feels very exploitative, but I keep checking it out.”


Favourite TV show to watch hungover:

Songs of Praise. I crawl in front of the box like the suffering sinner that I am and get healed by the plea bargaining and general all round niceness of pleasant old women from England.”


Axed TV show that you most wish would return:

The Lone Ranger!”