The Live Mike

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The Live Mike
RTÉ The Lives of Mike logo.jpg
Still from The Lives of Mike, a 2008 documentary
about The Live Mike.
Genre Comedy, entertainment, satire
Written by

Brendan Martin, James Morrissey, Paddy Murray, Dermot Morgan, Derek Davis, Frank Sheerin, Jim Lockhart,

Barry Devlin, Eoghan Harris, John Lynch, Arthur Flynn
Directed by John Lynch, Paul Cusack, Joe McCormack, Briain McLaughlin, John Keogh
Presented by Mike Murphy
Starring Adele King
Dermot Morgan
Fran Dempsey
Mary Ryan
Honor Heffernan
Country of origin Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
Producer(s) John Lynch, John Keogh
Location(s) Studio 1, RTÉ Television Centre, Donnybrook, Dublin 4, Ireland
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 40-70 minutes
Production company(s) RTÉ
Original network RTÉ 1
Original release 9 November 1979 (1979-11-09) – 2 April 1982 (1982-04-02)
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The Live Mike was an Irish television comedy, variety, and chat show presented by Mike Murphy. It was first broadcast on RTÉ 1 on 9 November 1979. The programme featured a candid camera pieces by Murphy himself, with parody songs and comedy sketches by Twink, Dermot Morgan and Fran Dempsey, as well as a serious studio interview. The show ended on 2 April 1982.

The show[edit]


The Live Mike was created to fill the vacant Friday night slot on the newly created channel, RTÉ 2, in November 1979. Presented by Mike Murphy, the show usually consisted of a serious discussion, comedy contributions by Dermot Morgan, and a candid camera segment of unsuspecting members of the public,[1][not in citation given][2] including a famous prank played on broadcaster Gay Byrne. The candid camera scenes invariably ended with the host saying "I'm Mike Murphy from RTÉ", which virtually became a catchphrase.[citation needed]

Controversial ending[edit]

The programme ran for three series and ended in 1982. On the last show, Murphy caused consternation when he told viewers that the show would not be returning. This was Murphy's decision and had not been discussed with any of the senior management at the station. Many[who?] thought that this incident would result in the death of Murphy's career. However, he remained with the station for the next twenty years. Murphy said in an interview in 2006 that he had decided to end the show when, after the second season ended in 1981, a number of crew members had left, and that the show was no longer as fun to make as it had previously been.


A two-part documentary series, The Lives of Mike,[3] was broadcast in 2008. The series focused on Murphy's part in the original show.[4]


  1. ^ "Dark side of Murphy's life revealed in show". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "What's on the box this week?". Meath Chronicle. 22 October 2008. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  3. ^ The Lives of Mike RTÉ Television. Retrieved: 2013-07-21.
  4. ^ "The Bourne Supremacy". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008. 

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