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There's No Place Like Tyrone back with song about silage

Reality series set in Tyrone returns for a second run

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Neil Hobson

Neil Hobson

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Neil Hobson

Northern Ireland's answer to TOWIE and Geordie Shore is back on our screens this week and more country than ever before.

There's No Place Like Tyrone premiered on BBC One Northern Ireland last summer and follows the lives of nine people living and working in Northern Ireland's biggest county.

Made in a similar format to TOWIE and Made In Chelsea, the show, while true to life, is created "purely for entertainment" and narrated by none other than the 'wee man from Strabane', Hugo Duncan.

In the first episode of series two, country music singer Neil Hobson reluctantly agrees to let his sister Ruth, a part-time farmer and beautician, make a music video for his new single about silage.

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Neil's sister Ruth

Neil's sister Ruth

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Neil's sister Ruth

Their dad John is lined up to jive in the video, with local farmer and friend Melvin agreeing to take on the role of art director.

During the show Ruth revels in her new role, saying: "I've always been the creative one in the family so directing a music video is right up my street. When making a music video you either go big or you go home!

"A wee bit of dancing, a few hay bales, I mean it couldn't be more simple!"

Ruth's master-plan for brother Neil's music video involves sexing things up by introducing a love interest into the shoot, with Neil adding: "I've never had someone make a music video for me before but my song definitely doesn't need a love interest!"

In order to find the perfect Tyrone woman for the role, Ruth holds auditions for the part of "love interest" with veterinary nurse Rebecca Brunt being picked as the winner.

Ruth continued: "Okay, I know I have gone a bit OTT but this is my moment to channel my inner Simon Cowell. This isn't The X Factor, it's The T Factor!

"I just want someone who can sing, dance, is good on camera.

"Louis and Simon really do earn their money. I know Rebecca spends all of her time with animals and I think it's about time she found a man."

Once Ruth's directorial debut is ready for 'take one', the cast of TNPLT gathers in a barn ready as the shoot gets under way.

Ruth added: "The best thing about being a director is seeing all the fruits of your labour come together. Bobby and the smoke machine, Melvin art directing, Linda and Audrey on the phones, Rebecca's the love interest and dad jiving.

"I think we make a great team."

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Lynda and Bobby Patterson

Lynda and Bobby Patterson

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Lynda and Bobby Patterson

Elsewhere in the show, favourites Bobby and Lynda Patterson return and discuss Bobby leaving behind the hills of his native Donegal for the fields of Tyrone.

The programme got a mixed reaction first time out in June of last year with social media users left both fascinated and bemused by what BBC NI calls a "constructed reality" show.

The new series of There's No Place Like Tyrone begins tomorrow night on BBC One Northern Ireland at 10.35pm.

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