A Late Late Show Valentine’s Day special all about love and romance.
- Title Valentine’s Special
- 1st Broadcast 13/02/1982
- ContributorGay Byrne
- Clip Duration 00:04:35
- Material Type Video
- Series title The Late Late Show
- Clip title Songs and Poetry of Love and Romance
- Extended description
Gay talks to people on the street to find out how good Irish men and women are at romance. The vox pop responses from the public include songs and poetry on the themes of love and romance.
This Late Late Show Valentine's Special was broadcast the day before Valentine's Day on 13 February 1982.
'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 Valentine's Day, Late Late Show, Gay Byrne, St. Valentine, Love, Romance
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1982
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier P79/00082
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- Item type part/extract
- Item colour Colour
- Item sound Mono
- Aspect ratio 4:3
- Language used English (eng)
- Original language English (eng)
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