Kelly (TV series)

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For the Australian television drama series, see Kelly (Australian TV series).
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Genre Talk/Variety show
Starring Gerry Kelly
Country of origin Northern Ireland
Location(s) Havelock House, Belfast
Original channel UTV
Original release 1989 – 2005

Kelly was a talk and variety show that was hosted by broadcaster Gerry Kelly and was broadcast on UTV, between September 1989 till December 2005.

The show was twice voted the most entertaining programme in Northern Ireland.


The first edition was broadcast in September 1989. For the first year of the show, it was broadcast for one hour after the ITN News at Ten. In 1990, this was increased to 90 minutes, usually running from 10.40 pm – 12.10 am. In 1999 when ITV axed their News at Ten, the show moved to a new 9.00 pm one-hour slot, where it remained until the show ended in 2005. In 1999, he memorably interviewed a 9-year-old Rory McIlroy after he had won the world under 10s championship. The series reached its 500th episode in 2003,[1] and the highest-rated edition of Kelly was broadcast on Friday 10 November 2000, when a special edition dedicated to George Best was watched by 367,000 viewers.[2]


The end of the Kelly series was announced by UTV in 2005.[3] Despite calls to save the series from ending,[4] the final episode of Kelly was transmitted on 16 December 2005.[5] Gerry Kelly said that UTV were unhappy with the show airing in the 9 pm slot, as UTV had to opt out of ITV's network schedule. Instead of moving the show to a new night or slot, UTV took the decision to axe it completely.


  1. ^ BFI Database: "Kelly" 24/1/2003 500th Show: accessed 19 January 2009
  2. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "By George, Gerry's show scores as the Best attraction"; dated 15 November 2000, retrieved 11 January 2008
  3. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Curtain falls on the Kelly Show"; dated 1 September 2005, retrieved 11 January 2008
  4. ^ Belfast Telegraph: "Plea to save programmes from axe"; dated 22 October 2005, retrieved 11 January 2008
  5. ^ Sunday Life: "Corr! What a line-up as Kelly bows out": dated 11 December 2005, accessed 18 January 2009

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