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Ally and Fred go to extra time.

CHAT show double act Ally McCoist and Fred MacAulay have talked their way into a second BBC series.

They got the news in Dublin as they filmed the final episode for their 1998 series.

"It's brilliant news," said Ally. "I know a bit about team effort and this is a tribute to a great bunch of people ... and Fred MacAulay as well!"

Radio Scotland morning host Fred said: "I'm delighted for everyone involved with the programme. The only drawback is I've got to keep working with Ally."

Their banter with a varied line up of guests has built up a 50 per cent audience share in Scotland. And their popularity has carried south of the Border where McCoist and MacAulay is screened after Match of the Day.

A BBC insider said: "Ally and Fred have grown up together in the last year and are really working as a team.

"They have learned how to handle guests that vary from the Scottish Secretary to a Coronation Street star.

"We always knew they'd be a hit north of the Border but now they have proved their cheeky style is popular with a national audience as well."

McCoist was mobbed by shoppers in Grafton Street.

"It's a wonderful place. The Irish have a special sense of humour," he smiled.

But he got a shock when he retreated to a pub and found it full of his pals from East Kilbride.

Tom Hobbs, James Kean, Paul Kean and Thomas Reilly are helping build Ally's new home in Bridge of Weir.

But they decided to gatecrash his Irish show.
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