Gay Byrne demonstrates the toys Major Morgan, UFO and a model minibus from Sony that plays vinyl records! In keeping with the traditions of 'The Late Late Toy Show,' there are children from the Billie Barry School and some dreadful jokes from Gay.
- Title The Late Late Toy Show
- 1st Broadcast 12/12/1981
- ContributorGay Byrne (Presenter)
- Clip Duration 00:06:06
- Material Type Video
- Series title The Late Late Show
- Clip title The Late Late Toy Show
- Extended description
An edited extract from the annual Toy Show which the series 'The Late Show' stages in early December every year since the mid 1970s. In the show, new toys are shown and tested by children. Talented children sometimes from stage schools such as the Billie Barry Stage School appear on the show to perform for the live audience.
'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 Christmas, Children, Billie Barry Stage School, Major Morgan, Carmel White, Colleen Dillon, Francis Shanahan, Sony, Tap Dancing, Gay Byrne
- Geographical coverage Ireland
- Genre Entertainment and Performing Arts
- Topic National Holidays, Festivals, Anniversaries, Annual Events
- Publisher Broadcaster RTÉ
- First broadcast channel RTÉ One
- Production year 1981
- Country of production IRELAND
- Original identifier P629/00081
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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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