Winning Streak celebrate their 1000th Episode
On Saturday night, Ireland’s much-loved game show Winning Streak celebrated their 1000th show. Over the 28 seasons, a total of 5935 people have taken more than €168 million in prizes. Presented by Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy, the 1000th episode of Winning Streak was aired on Saturday 24th February 2018.
The game show began on 21 September 1990 and was hosted by Mike Murphy (1990–2001) followed by Derek Mooney (2001–2008). Mooney stepped down as the show’s host at the end of the 2007–08 season. The 2008–09 season launched with a new name; Winning Streak: Dream Ticket and was co-hosted by Kathryn Thomas and Aidan Power. Marty Whelan stepped into Aidan’s shoes, co-hosting the 2009/10 series with Kathryn. The twenty-first season, commenced on 4 September 2010, again with Kathryn Thomas and Marty Whelan. Kathryn was then replaced with Geri Maye, who was replaced by Sinéad Kennedy.
The Production Runner on the night was our own Hazel MacMahon. She had the following to say about the the special night. “As I walked into the studio at 10am, it was difficult not to notice that our usual, colourful set had been up styled to an old-Hollywood design. With red velvet curtains draped behind the Big Wheel, the runway plastered with a red carpet, and large tripod lights dotted around the stage, it was clear there was something to celebrate; Winning Streak’s 1000th show. There was a definite ripple of excitement throughout the day, much of which was probably due to the whispers around the studio that there would be cake (which there was). When it came to the second half of the day, there was an undeniable buzz. RTE’s social media team were in doing Facebook Live, a reporter from the news came in, and the floor manager had even put on a suit. It was a day that was rightly acknowledged and celebrated as it is a phenomenal achievement for everyone involved over the last 28 years, and I especially was honoured to be a part of it.”
Well done to Hazel and everyone involved with Winning Streak.
Photo cred: Leinster Express