See the World

EXHIBITION : IRELAND AND THE GREAT WAR

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A desire to see something of the world prompted Jack Campbell to join the British Army. Jack tells Gay Byrne how he was influenced by his elder brother.

  • Title
    Jack Campbell Joining the British Army
  • 1st Broadcast
    11/11/1988
  • Contributor
    Gay Byrne (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:39
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    The Late Late Show
  • Clip title
    See the World
  • Extended description

    Veteran of the First World War, Jack Campbell tells Gay Byrne how he came to join the British Army. Jack was one of five brothers who fought during the 1914-1918 war.

    Jack's eldest brother was keen to travel and explore the world and encouraged his siblings to do the same. For the Campbell boys the only way to see the world was to join the army.

    Jack Campbell describes how he was encouraged by a recruiting sergeant to lie about his age so that he could join up. 

  • Information

    'The Late Late Show' was intended to be a summer "filler" but proved so successful with the public that it became part of the regular schedule. The idea for the programme came from the show's producer, Tom McGrath, who wanted to present an Irish version of the American talk show 'The Tonight Show'.

    Gay Byrne was to be the show's presenter and would remain so for the next 37 years. Tom McGrath's original idea was that the show would be informal and have the feel of people dropping in for a chat.

    'The Late Late Show' became an important forum for the airing and debating of many issues in a changing Irish society.

    The first programme of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcastat 11.20 pm, 6 July 1962. At the time, it was unusual to have a live talk and entertainment show on

    so late in the day's viewing. On that first show, the guests were Count Cyril McCormack, Ken Gray, George Desmond Hodnett and Harry Thuillier. McGrath would go on to pioneer many other successful variety shows on Irish television.

    Pat Kenny replaced Gay Byrne as presenter in 1999 and remained in that position for 10 years.The programme is still running today and is presented by Ryan Tubridy.

  • Local keywords
    First World War, World War 1, Great War, Jack Campbell, Gay Byrne, War, Conflict, Recruiting, British Army
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Wars and Conflict
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1988
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    95D00042
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
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