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TV3’s brand new big money game show ‘The Lie’ hits screens on Monday.

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IMMEDIATE:  Friday 14th February, 2014.


TV3’s brand new big money game show ‘The Lie’ hits screens on Monday. 


The original game show, hosted by Jonathan McCrea, is a co-production with 3Studios and Scottish Television Productions (STV).


For the first time ever Irish viewers will be able to play along live with The Lie for fun via TV3’s second screen companion app ShowPal.


The first episode sees Dublin best friends Patrick and Catherine take a methodical approach to the game but can they spot the lie?


The Lie premieres on Monday 17th February at 8pm on TV3.


The Lie will broadcast weekly on TV3 every Monday and Friday at 8pm.


Jonathan McCrea is available on request for interviews  


TV3’s brand new big money game show The Lie will finally hit our screens on Monday (17th February) at 8pm. The Lie, an original idea from 3Studios and STV Productions is a general knowledge game show with a difference – there are no questions.


The Lie sees a team of two contestants attempt to survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie. In each round they are faced with a series of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs. There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and inevitably the number of pitfalls increase. The anticipation levels rise as the rounds go by, with the lies becoming more difficult to spot. This is a game of strategy, risk-taking and intelligence to win a total cash prize of €10,000.


The first episode of The Lie sees best friends Patrick and Catherine plan a methodical approach to the game. The highly competitive pair from Dublin met in college and they both work in the scientific field, Catherine in pharmaceuticals and Patrick works in labs. Self-confessed bad loser Catherine, revealed that Monopoly was banned in her household growing up while Patrick admits to using fake statistics to sound smart. Will their competitive nature and methodical approachbe a winning formula? It all boils down to one question – can they spot the lie?


The new game show which was filmed in the state-of-the-art TV3 Sony HD Studio in Ballymount, will hit Irish TV screens on Monday the 17th February with the multi-award winning broadcaster and journalist Jonathan McCrea as its host. TV3 will show ten 30 minute episodes, every Monday and Friday in a primetime 8pm slot.  


The Lie is the first of a number of major shows that TV3 will bring to the screens in 2014 demonstrating the stations increased investment and commitment to home production. The format of The Lie is being tipped for International success with TV3 already receiving interest from various production companies and broadcasters worldwide. Other recent shows to come out of the TV3 Sony HD Studio include Keith Barry: Brain Hacker and Challenging God with Vincent Browne plus upcoming programmes Crossfire and The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne.


In another first for Irish TV, viewers will be able to play along live with The Lie for fun via TV3’s second screen companion app ShowPal. Just like the game show contestants, viewers will be able to lock-in their own answers whilst playing against the clock. To further enhance their viewing experience viewers will also be able to see how they fared against other ShowPal users and share their results on social media.


Jeff Ford, TV3 Group Director of Content, said: “We are looking forward to sharing TV3 Studios’ first venture into big entertainment game shows with viewers on Monday. The format of The Lie is fast paced and addictive which we think will resonate with viewers. We’re delighted to have Jonathan McCrea as host and there are some interesting characters throughout the series so it’s great to finally share it with everyone.”


Host Jonathan McCrea said: “We had such a blast filming and you instantly get on board with the contestants and start rooting for them. We had some great characters on the show so I can’t wait for the viewers to see it. They’ll be shouting at the TV, just willing the contestants to spot the lie!”


The Lie premieres on Monday 17th February at 8pm on TV3.


The Lie will broadcast weekly on TV3 every Monday and Friday at 8pm.


Jonathan McCrea is available on request for interviews  




For further information
Sharon McHugh
Head of Press & Publicity

087 922 4143



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About TV3 / 3 Studios


Launched in 1998, TV3 is the largest commercial channel in Ireland with an 11% market share for Adults 15+, reaching over 2.6 million individuals each week and over 3.6 million individuals each month. TV3 has a bigger market share for Adults 15+ than BBC1, UTV, Channel 4 and Sky 1 combined. Today, TV3 Group has firmly established itself as the leader in TV entertainment in Ireland.


The development of the brand new Sony HD Studio has allowed for the production of bigger formats and even better content for distribution – giving scope for greater impact in the international market.  


Recent commissions include Tonight with Vincent Browne, Celebrity Apprentice: You’re Fired!, Factomania (360 Productions – a BBC Worldwide format), the new ShowPal™ commercial, Keith Barry: Brain Hacker and Tyrone Production’s School Around The Corner. Further commissions in the Sony HD Studio include new shiny floor game shows The Lie and Pressure Point. TV3 are also currently in discussions with a number of production companies in relation to a proposed new soap opera planned for 2015.


About Jonathan McCrea

Jonathan currently presents Futureproof on Newstalk 106-108. The weekly science programme won the PPI for ‘Best Specialist Speech Programme’ in 2012 and is nominated again this year. Since 2012, he has presented series one and two of the popular programme The Science Squad.


Jonathan is also the resident technology expert for The Right Hook with George Hook on Newstalk 106-108, providing advice, guidance and the latest reviews on consumer technology. He has written on science and technology for the Irish Independent, Silicon Republic Newstalk’s Ipad magazine and other outlets. For six years, Jonathan hosted the popular phone-in talk show The Spin on Spin 1038 which won a PPI award for ‘Best Speech Programme’ in 2010 and was nominated again in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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