Gay Byrne appears on the cover of the Valentine's Day edition of the RTÉ Guide to promote the Late Late Show Valentine's Special. However, following the tragedy of the 'Stardust' fire in the early hours of 14 February 1981 when 48 young people died The Late Late Show was not broadcast.
- Title Late Late Valentine Date
- Production Year 1981
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- Material Type Document
- Clip title Late Late Show Valentine's Special
- Extended description
This edition of the RTÉ Guide also features other Valentine related articles.
RTÉ Guide featuring Gay Byrne, host of The Late Late Show on the cover. This issue was published on 13 February 1981.
'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, RTÉ Guide, Late Late Show, Gay Byrne
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Genre Entertainment and Performing Arts
- Topic National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier RTÉ Guide
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