We predict huge things for his latest series
Baz Ashmawy has a real knack of making great TV, with the icing on being his Emmy Award-winning viral hit show 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy.
Well now he's back with an hilarious new three-part series called Wingman and we think it's the cherry on top!
The concept is simple: each week, Baz partners up with someone who needs his help, casting him in the role of best buddy, life coach and guardian angel, and believe me, his halo shines bright throughout.
The first episode went down a treat, with viewers connecting with dairy farmer Jimmy Byrne:
Starts Sunday at 9:30pm pic.twitter.com/gC3vY4KyMx
— RTÉ One (@RTEOne) April 24, 2019
Speaking on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show, the 44-year-old tells us how proud he is of his latest production;
I'm amazed at the reaction we've gotten...I was looking on Twitter and there wasn't one bad comment
That statement alone is an indicator of how good it is.
Ashmawy continues by peeling back the layers involved, telling us that although each episode is full of fun, there's also the powerful message of removing stigmas;
The core of the series is not to judge
And this becomes even more apparent in the next episode, where Baz teams up with devoted Dad Joe who cannot drive but wants to bring his son Connor on a road trip:
— Baz Ashmawy (@bazashmawy) May 2, 2019
Baz admits, "I've learned more about being a dad from Joe than anybody bar my mother" and was honoured in getting to know his son, "I've never met anyone like Conor...I was just so lucky to get to become friends with him".
Iano also teased out some info about a second series - so keep an eye out on Baz's social channels for details.
I shed a few tears with Jimmy and have no doubt I will do the same over the next two weeks. Wingman is touching, educational, but most of all - it's real! Baz forms a genuine bond with his new friends and it's like he says, "it's not just a project".
Check out the next two episodes over the next two Sundays @9:30pm on RTÉ1.
Catch Baz's chat in full by pressing the play button on screen.