Samantha Mumba Debuts on Toy Show

EXHIBITION : BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS

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Singer and actress Samantha Mumba first appeared on the Late Late Toy Show before making a career in pop and film.

  • Title
    Samantha Mumba as a Billie Barry Kid
  • 1st Broadcast
    08/12/1995
  • Clip Duration
    00:02:34
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Late Late Show
  • Clip title
    Samantha Mumba Debuts on Toy Show
  • Extended description

    Samantha is pictured here on the Late Late Toy Show in 1995 at the age of twelve. Samantha appears along with other Billie Barry kids as they perform "I've got to be a rug cutter".

    Samantha went on to reach the number one slot with her first single 'Gotta Tell You' in 2000 selling over one million copies worldwide. Her debut album has sold over four million copies. Mumba has also starred in a number of films including 'Time Machine' in 2002. Samantha has won both Meteor and Smash Hits Awards, and has been nominated for both a MOBO and a Grammy.

  • Information

    This episode of the Late Late Toy Show was broadcast on 8 December, 1995.

    '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
    Samantha Mumba, Billie Barry Kids, Late Late Show, Toy Show
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1995
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    HX90/08626
  • 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)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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