U2 surprise veteran presenter Gay Byrne with a gift on his final Late Late Show.
- Title U2 Gift For Gay Byrne
- 1st Broadcast 21/05/1999
- ContributorGay Byrne (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:08:03
- Material Type Video
- Series title The Late Late Show
- Clip title Last Late Late For Gaybo
- Extended description
After almost 37 years, Gay Byrne presented his final broadcast of 'The Late Late Show'. The world's longest running chat show had, over four decades, brought many topics deemed taboo by elements of Irish society into a public forum for discussion.The first episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on the 6 July 1962 and was intended as a 'filler' for the summer schedule.
In this extract from Gay Byrne's final 'Late Late Show' U2 members Bono and Larry present Gay with a Harley Davidson. Bono tells a story of calling out to Gay Byrne's house to try and get the young U2 on 'The Late Late Show'.
'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.
The extract shown here is from Gay Byrne's final 'The Late Late Show' from 21 May 1999.
- Local keywords Television, Broadcasting, U2, Gay Byrne, Bono, Larry Mullen, Harley Davidson, RTÉ
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Genre Entertainment and Performing Arts
- Topic The Media
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1999
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier 99D00600
- 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)