About Conversations with Gerry Kelly


Broadcast legend Gerry Kelly returns with a ten-part weekly series of personal interviews with some of Northern Ireland’s leading entertainers, musicians and journalists.

Conversations with Gerry Kelly begins on Monday, January 29th at 9pm on Sky 181 and Virgin 159 – as well as with catch up on YouTube.Links to watch the shows will be available below once the programme has aired.

Each Monday for 10 weeks, a different guest will speak with Gerry revealing stories of hardship, persistence and success.

In this first show in the series, Gerry’s guest is former UTV colleague and national broadcaster, Eamonn Holmes. In a frank and open conversation, nothing is left unsaid. From his costly court battles with the Inland Revenue to his outspoken condemnation of the Philip Schofield scandal and his own failing health, Eamonn holds nothing back. In a remarkably candid and honest interview, Eamonn re-assess his life and explores what the future might hold.

Other guests in subsequent weeks include Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson, renowned musicians Phil Coulter, Brian Kennedy, Frances Black and Barbara Dickson.

Comedians Jimmy Cricket and Gene Fitzpatrick each share stories of determination and overcoming adversity to create their careers. Journalists Ivan Little and the BBC’s William Crawley give fascinating, thought-provoking interviews on their lives and work.

Once again, Gerry and the highly experienced production team from Havelock Street Productions join forces with students from Belfast Metropolitan College.

In 2022, the students and former UTV staffers worked together to product Tonight With Gerry Kelly – a traditional chat show format with multiple guests each night, filmed in front of a live audience.

That show, as well as the new Conversations with Gerry Kelly, provides the young people with a real opportunity to gather vital industry experience and production credits that would help them get into work once they’d finished their courses.

Gerry began his career in 1979, working on UTV news and went on to work on a range of other programmes including Kelly’s People and Kelly on the Road but was best known for his hugely popular Kelly Show which ran from 1989-2005. He has also presented radio programmes on BBC.

This new show delves into the personal and professional lives of each guest as Gerry brings out the best with his relaxed interviewing style and wit and charm always allowing his guests to speak, giving them time and space to reveal their stories.

Executive Producer Michael McAdam, who is also Managing Director at Movie House Cinemas, said: “We believe these interviews are so good, that we’ve decided to air them free of charge on our Movie House cinema screens. Customers can book tickets online or come in and collect them for the first two programmes in the series.”


Eamonn Holmes January 29th, 2024 - Watch HereGene Fitzpatrick  February 5th, 2024 - Watch HereCharlie Lawson February 12th, 2024 - Watch HereJimmy Cricket February 19th, 2024 - Watch HerePhil Coulter (1 hour) February 26th, 2024 - Watch HereWilliam Crawley March 4th, 2024 - Watch HereBarbara Dickson March 11th, 2024 - Watch HereFrances Black March 18th, 2024 - Watch HereIvan Little March 25th, 2024 - Watch HereBrian Kennedy April 1st, 2024 - Watch Here

Programme Details



This week, in a new series of  ‘Conversations with Gerry Kelly,’ Gerry’s first guest is former UTV colleague and now national broadcaster, Eamonn Holmes.

In a frank and open conversation, nothing is left unsaid.

From his costly court battles with the Inland Revenue to his outspoken condemnation of the Philip Schofield scandal and his own failing health, Eamonn holds nothing back.

In a remarkably candid and honest interview, Eamonn re-assess his life and explores what the future might hold.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/JdXRXBsJNVA


Gerry’s guest this week in Conversations with Gerry Kelly is local comedian Gene Fitzpatrick.

For a man who depends on his voice and sense of timing, Gene’s long career came to a sudden halt 3 years ago when, without warning,  he suffered a stroke, leaving him unable to speak and with limited mobility. For 3 long months he lay in a hospital bed but, showing heroic determination, Gene continues to fight his way back to health.

In spite of all, he never lost his sense of humour.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/Lx1CEkHT6lw


The ‘bad boy’ of Coronation Street, so he is.

Like his television soap character Jim McDonald, Charlie Lawson has a reputation of being out-spoken and controversial but a man who sticks to his own set of long held principles. Born in Enniskillen into a well to do loyalist family and educated in Belfast, Charlie talks about his rebellious teenage years, how he never met a Catholic until he was 20 and about how he flirted with a loyalist paramilitary group in Scotland before finding his vocation as an actor.

Recently married, Charlie appears content with life today although he still has a hankering to get back to the cobbled streets of Weatherfield.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/QLMlMsRnoYI


‘Come here, there’s more’ the catch phrase of one of Northern Ireland’s most successful comedians. Born in Cookstown, Jimmy Mulgrew went on to become one of the highest paid performers in the UK. Audiences came to know him as Jimmy Cricket but his climb to the top of the entertainment world didn’t come easy. Rejection after rejection, disappointment after disappointment, forced to take a series of menial job, it was Jimmy’s self-belief and determination that eventually won through.

A story of perseverance and strength of character, there is much more to Jimmy Cricket than a silly hat and a pair of wellington boots.

Watch Here - https://youtu.be/JRAUVx43xZc


In this one hour Special, Gerry’s guest tonight is Phil Coulter, one of Ireland’s foremost composers and songwriters. In a career that has spanned 6 decades, Phil has written songs for everyone from Cliff Richard to Sinéad O’Connor, from Elvis Presley to the Dubliners, from the Bay City Rollers to Billy Connelly,  amassing over 100 silver, gold and platinum discs along the way.

Tonight, Phil performs many of his hits and gives Gerry an intriguing insight into how they came about. For example, he explains how he had to forensically chose the lyrics for ‘The Town I Love So Well’ in case it would be seen - in his own words -  as just another ‘rebel song’

How intricate it was to write the rugby anthem ‘Ireland’s Call’ to ensure that no one, North or South, would be offended by the sentiments.

Throughout the programme, Phil teases us with many of his hits from the emotional ‘Scorn Not His Simplicity’ to the Bay City Rollers raucous ‘Shangalang’

Tonight’s show is a privileged insight into the personal and musical mind of the Maestro that is Phil Coulter.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/6RwARChQhJs


On the programme tonight, Gerry talks to William Crawley about his extraordinary life before becoming a household broadcasting name.

Born in North Belfast, the youngest in a family of 7, William talks openly about his early life and about the relationship with his alcoholic father. He talks about going to America and studying at the Princetown Theological Seminary before being ordained into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

Coming back to Belfast, he was appointed Presbyterian Chaplain at the University of Ulster but gave it all up after he was approached by BBC Northern Ireland. William describes himself today as a ‘lapsed Protestant’ and doesn’t attend Church.

A fascinating interview from one of the most thought-provoking and knowledgeable journalists broadcasting today.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/uZ5OrHMh2hs


Gerry’s special guest tonight is Barbara Dickson, Scotland’s biggest-selling female singer of all time. For the best part of 60 years Barbara has been captivating audiences worldwide with huge hits such as ‘Answer Me’,  ‘I Know Him So Well’ and ‘Caravan’

But not content with just a successful singing career, she turned to acting and was awarded 2 Olivier Awards for her roles in Blood Brothers and Spend, Spend, Spend.

Such success though, does not come without a cost. In a refreshingly honest interview, Barbara discloses that, in her pursuit of perfection, she once suffered from complete exhaustion which, in turn, led to the terrors of stage fright – a demoralizing affliction that would haunt her for almost 10 years.

A warm and fascinating interview ending with Barbara singing one of her biggest hit ‘Caravans’

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/j8gU5-q0sqM


Frances Black, a member of one of Ireland’s most famous musical dynasties, is Gerry’s special guest tonight.

From performing in venues all over the world to her current role as an elected member of the Seanad in Ireland, Frances talks us through her absorbing life and career. Leaving no personal details out, she reveals the darkest days of her life when she became addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs. Coming out of rehab, Frances was determined to help other people and other families going through similar addictions and so she went back to university to train as an addiction counselor and in turn set up her own addiction charity, The Rise Foundation.

Today, family, making music and her charity are the anchors for this most formidable woman.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/HOtCxTFosWM


The mere mention of tonight’s guest almost always conjures up the many attempts TV reporter Ivan Little made to pronounce the word ‘phenomenon’

During his interview with Gerry Kelly, Ivan explains the background to one of television’s most famous and hilarious bloopers.

But it’s the more serious side of Ivan’s life that makes this interview riveting.

During his time with UTV and the Belfast Telegraph, Ivan Little has covered more bombings and killings than any other journalist here. He has witnessed some truly  horrific scenes throughout the troubles and has been forced to befriend many of the callous killers who masterminded and carried out the atrocities.

Ivan talks openly about how his working life impacted his personal life and how he found a sense of normality through his love of acting.

Watch the show - https://youtu.be/wCVhFx_KVYs


In the final programme of the series, Gerry dedicates a full hour to the man with a ‘voice to charm the angels’ Brian Kennedy.

With no questions out of bounds, Brian talks candidly about his unhappy family life and his abusive childhood growing up on the Falls Road.

Escaping to London as a teenager, he busked round the city’s undergrounds in order to eat, lived in a squat and even became a male stripper!

He talks about eventually being discovered by Simon Fuller and finally being spotted by Van Morrison.

From the Falls Road to Carnegie Hall, this is the story of a free-thinking man with a talent and a determination, not only to survive, but to succeed.

Throughout the hour long programme Brian sings many of the songs for which he is famous.

Watch the show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T5iTp4YYjw

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Gerry's previous series, Tonight with Gerry Kelly, began  on Friday 28th October, 2022. Show's aired weekly with different guests from the world of entertainment. The past shows are available to stream using the links below -









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