“When I started leading it, I never thought of get to
13 editions, even coming to equal the record of the ‘Maestro’, by Pippo Baudo! “. This is what he confesses Mara Venier, presenting the new edition of ‘Sunday In’ – “to which I don’t know how to say no, despite my dental problem which causes me speech difficulties and pain” – which will leave Sunday, from 2pm to 5.15pm on Rai1, “with no radical changes, only minor adjustments,” he anticipates.
“It will always be a large container. Last year the Covid theme prevailed, at the beginning I was also afraid to face it and I wanted to give up, alone, without an audience, in front of a table and with external connections … And instead, I think it was the best job that I’ve done all these years, “he proudly states. And then,”the public is not stupid, they cannot be fooled, he immediately understands when a person is authentic and true and when he is false “.
He would host Pope Francis, “it would be a dream”, but in the meantime he is ‘satisfied’ with the return of Don Mazzi, “who, however, having 92 years will not be there every Sunday, I hope at least one a month”. Then the news of a guest who will have the opportunity to bring another with him guest – the first will be Mahmood that will lead his choir – but, he warns, “it will not be a kind of talent”.
For its part, the director of Rai1 Stefano Coletta underlines “the identity and the very language that distinguishes Mara Venier, symbol of the Rai flagship network. There is a real TV and a fake one, a built TV and an authentic one and Mara is the progenitor of an authentic and true language and embodies the informational curiosity of Italians. There improvisation technique, then, it is her ‘code’, with her you know how it begins but you don’t know how it will end … “.
As for the numbers, “with a average of 3 million viewers and 18% share, has been able to increase our Sunday afternoon audience, making it one of the most important events on the network. She is ‘expected’ in homes, her face is the program, to the point that people say ‘have you seen the Venier?’ even before saying ‘have you seen Domenica In?’. In each episode, Mara gives us her experience and from Sunday she will leave for this long ride, for a beautiful season, for a journey not only on television but also one of joy and reflection“, concludes the director of Rai1.
(by Enzo Bonaiuto)