Jimmy Magee recalls commentating as a child for his next door neighbour on a variety of imaginary games that the young Magee was also playing in!
- Title Jimmy Magee on commentating as a 7 year old
- 1st Broadcast 20/01/1989
- ContributorJimmy Magee
- Clip Duration 00:02:05
- Material Type Video
- Series title The Late Late Show
- Clip title Commentating as a 7 year old
- Extended description
During a 'Late Late Show' special, Jimmy Magee recalls commentating as a child for his next-door neighbour on a variety of imaginary games that the young Magee was also playing in!
Jimmy Magee says that a neighbour told his father, "If that son of yours doesn't become a footballer or a runner or something he will become a commentator."
This episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 20 January,1989.
'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 Jimmy Magee, Late Late Show, Gay Byrne, Radio Sports Commentary
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Topic Sport
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1989
- Country of production Ireland
- Original identifier 95D00048
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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)