The Late Late Show - 50th Anniversary Special
The Late Late Show has announced plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary, which will take place on Friday June 1st at 9:30pm on RTÉ One. The special celebration, presented by host Ryan Tubridy, will see a large gathering of well-known Irish personalities to toast this milestone.
The night will be marked by an eclectic mix of musical acts, comedy and entertainment. The audience will also comprise of people who have made the Late Late Show the most successful and watched chat show in Ireland over the last 50 years.
Ryan will be joined by former presenters Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny, as they reminisce about and commemorate the longest-running chat show in the world, as well as celebrate all things Irish.
Over 100 well-known Irish faces will make up the show and some names joining Ryan include Hollywood actor Liam Neeson, singing sensation Imelda May, Irish music legends Horslips and other well-known personalities ranging from Tommy Tiernan to Daniel O'Donnell. There will also be a few surprises in store for Ryan and the audience!
Ryan Tubridy, host of The Late Late Show, said: "I never thought when I was a young boy that I would grow up to become the presenter of the Late Late Show. And I particularly didn't think that I'd host the 50th anniversary. It's an enormous privilege and honour I'd never underestimate. And I hope to do my predecessors and above all the audience proud."
Michael Kealy, executive producer of The Late Late Show said: "Over the last 50 years the Late Late Show has been at the very heart of Ireland's social, political and cultural life. The 50th anniversary programme will look back over the last half century in the company of many of the people and artists who've launched their careers on the show and who have gone on to national and international success. This show has been in planning for many months and I think it is shaping up to be something really special."
The Late Late Show first went on air on Saturday 6th July 1962 but was moved to Friday nights in September 1986. The show, which began as a light variety show, developed into one that opened up Irish society and widened the scope of national debate.
It has become famous for tackling topical Irish issues and has produced some stand out moments on Irish television, which are still talked about today. These ground-breaking moments led to the show's rapid rise in popularity, with it consistently topping the ratings on RTÉ for nearly fifty years.
Some memorable moments and interviews over the years include The Bishop and The Nightie, Peter Brooke's resignation, Terry Keane's revelation, Joe O'Reilly's interview, The Three Wise Men, Brendan Gleeson's tearful appearance, Brian Cowen's interview, former Prime Minister Tony Blair's controversial comments and an appearance by brave Cork teenager Joanne O'Riordan, who spoke out about disability cuts.
This is the year I hope to make the show my own. With two seasons under my belt, I'm looking forward to getting the show on the road.
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The Late Late Show is Ireland's most popular and prestigious television show and is the longest running chat show in the world.
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