The Late Late Toy Show

EXHIBITION : CHRISTMAS PAST ON RTÉ

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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
  • Contributor
    Gay 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.

  • Information

    '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
  • 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
  • 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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