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WATCH: Ray D’Arcy, Dustin the Turkey, Zig and Zag are back for a new series of The Den!

September 24th, 2020 by Marc Comments

So, we all know that 2020 has been a complete s#@tshow so far but there’s another ray (ahem) of sunshine – yes, there have been a few.

If you’re not from Ireland, this story will likely mean very little to you but if you are, then this is big news. Especially if you’re, ahem, a certain age.

Ray D’Arcy, Dustin the Turkey and Zig and Zag are back for an all-new series of The Den (formerly Dempsey’s Den when Ian Dempsey hosted the show) which will air on Sundays at 6:30pm starting on the 8th of November.

On his radio show, D’Arcy announced the series, saying: “The Den will return in November! We’re on in the lead-up to Christmas. We’re there for the boys and girls and parents and inviting them to do all the things they used to, and more! It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait to be on telly with the boys again. People out there need a bit of mayhem, madness and boldness and that’s what we hope to deliver.”

The Den used to air after school on weekdays on RTE, one of the Irish channels (yes, it was in English) and it was one of the best things about rushing home from school. It first arrived on 22nd September 1987 with DJ Ian Demsey in the hot seat. In 1989 Dustin the Turkey joined the cast then Ray D’Arcy took over in 1990 and nothing has ever been the same since. Well, at least until Zig and Zag jumped over to Channel 4 in 1993


Word is the new series will have a lot of famous faces appearing and the later timeslot on a Sunday would seem to indicate that the show is targeting the same (now grown up) audience it targeted back in the day.

Cannot wait!

Anyone remember The Den? Are you excited for this? Let me know, folks.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….