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Special1 TV Is Not Returning Says Setanta Ireland


Special1 TV will not be returning to Setanta Sports in the immediate future, according to a Setanta Ireland representative.

The cult hit parody show featuring puppets of Jose Mourinho, Sven Goran-Eriksson and Wayne Rooney will not be returning to the airwaves in the foreseeable future unless the program is picked up by another broadcaster.

While the news is disheartening, it’s not surprising really. Special1 TV was originally titled “I”m On Setanta Sports” and was a brilliant marketing hit to promote Setanta’s launch in the United Kingdom. The show titilated the audience but also got the message across loud and clear that it was “on Setanta Sports.”

After Setanta UK established itself in the UK market, the show changed its named to Special1 TV but was still shown exclusively on Setanta Sports.

According to Special1TV on Twitter, “The Special One” jokes that ESPN, Sky, BBC and ITV have been blocking the return of Special1TV (see screenshot above). With the death of Setanta UK, the future of Special1 TV was always up in the air. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that someone will bring Special1TV to life.

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  1. David Keeling

    January 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The best comedy show of all time!

  2. Kenny

    May 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

  3. Jonathon Feyerherm

    October 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm

  4. Peter Liaros

    September 3, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Shame shame shame
    Join the Facebook page:
    Sign the petition on the page and get the show back on air!

  5. Preacherman

    August 30, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Obama was a sign the show was going downhill and needed support, it wasnt as good as S1TV and when people like Cabbageman came into it. It should have stuck to José, It and the Boy. R.I.P. IOSS

  6. Ace

    August 30, 2009 at 5:18 am

    And just when they got puppet Barack Obama.
    This sucks.

  7. Sort Of Special

    August 29, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I am betting that Sky and Others are not willing to take the risk of being sued – I love the show but it DOES slag of players and managers, very risky business.

    But I reckon the main reason is a contract probably exists stating that SP1 TV can not be broadcast on any other network – regardless of Setanta going broke the contract would be owned by the recievers.

    Can we start a petition site

  8. Karen

    August 26, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! :'( I LOVED THEM!! :'(
    Puppet Ronnie
    The Special One
    The Boy Wayne
    You’ll be missed!
    Oh and Shut Up!!

  9. nathan durkin

    August 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    this is a complete and utter rubbish decsision that it is not returning but please Setanta Ireland please bring Special 1 tv back because it is my favourite show PLEASE!!!

  10. Greg

    August 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    This absolutely ruined my day. I love Special 1 TV.

  11. Jay

    August 21, 2009 at 2:50 am


  12. Kautzie

    August 20, 2009 at 8:05 pm


  13. Drew

    August 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Don’t really understand why Setanta does not continue on with it, does not seem like something that would cost that much to produce?


    August 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Just another blow from the setanta fallout. I’m sure teams in the SPL and the Blue Square Premier maybe a touch more concerned about the hole in their balance books from their unpaid cash. Watching the Special One again showed how Setanta were attempting to offer a genuine alternative to Sky and its such a pity that eventually they had to hold their hands up to not being able to compete with Murdoch

  15. United

    August 20, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I saw a video on youtube which show jose in sky sports… so we may see jose show in sky sports very soon! this is the video like 😉

  16. RobU

    August 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    This show was epic. Can’t believe it’s gone. Another network should try and pick it up.

  17. Ryan

    August 20, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    This show wasn’t funny.

    I’m still not sure why it got so much “positive” attention. Apparently, I’m not alone and the only people that liked it happen to have football blogs.

    • Raatzie

      August 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm

      Jose would have a three word reply. I won’t be rude enough to say it, but one of those words would be Numpty (sp?).

    • tom

      August 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm


    • Christopher

      August 20, 2009 at 7:54 pm

      That’s a weird statement to make. The only people that like it have football blogs? Funny… cause I don’t seem to have one. Nor do any of the people that I know who happen to enjoy the show… funny that.

  18. Bishopville Red

    August 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    No more Ameobi, like?

    After the United debacle last night (full credit to Burnley, BTW) there was a new show on about a schoolboy manager playing it up pro-style. Didn’t last the episode, it was pretty crap.

  19. Grunthos

    August 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Well, this is only what we would expect to see. You changed the name, insulted everyone, especially me, spent too much money in the transfer market, and…


    Be Champions!

  20. Raatzie

    August 20, 2009 at 11:49 am


    Very good, Wayne.


  21. Ryan

    August 20, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I really can’t understand why someone wouldn’t take it on. Unless the networks are trying to hire Mourinho

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