Star of Hoffman's American Circus Miss Atlas demonstrates her strength.

Strongwoman Miss Atlas from Hoffman's American Circus was last on The Late Late Show six years ago, entertaining audience with her ability to lift host Gay Byrne, who admits,

I have never been so frightened in my life.

Tonight it is the turn of Lila to be raised aloft by Miss Atlas. The combined weight of Lila and the spinning globe is 260lbs.

This episode of The Late Late Show was broadcast on 22 January 1983. The presenter is Gay Byrne.

'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 broadcast at 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.