Attending RTÉ’s Late Late Show in September 1998, I received a “one for everyone in the audience” prize of a long-life bulb. I placed it in the utility room and despite being used every day since (many times it was left on overnight), it still works. Is this a record?
On RTE One’s Late Late Show.
A pre-recorded interview by host Ryan Tubridy with Bob Geldof will be broadcast, in which the campaigner will explain why he returned his Freedom of Dublin award to Dublin City Council last year – in protest at Aung San Suu Kyi’s inclusion as a recipient of the award.
From the interview, Mr Geldof said:
“Burning people alive, raping women as they held their babies and in front of the women when they finished raping them, they burned the babies alive. That’s a fact and it is on film. I don’t want to be associated with this pig once.”
Yesterday: Staying In Tomorrow?
On the Late Late Show.
Gareth Naughton, of RTE, writes:
Mark Hamill will be chatting about being part of the biggest film franchise in movie history and bringing the production to Ireland for those iconic scenes filmed on Skellig Michael…
Cork woman Samantha Barry made headlines of her own earlier this year when she was appointed the new editor-in-chief of US magazine Glamour. We’ll be finding out how this 36-year-old from Ballincollig made it big in the US…
Actor Liam Cunningham will be in studio to chat about everything from leading off this year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival to… Game of Thrones…
As Daffodil Day approaches, Ryan will be joined in studio by some of those who have contributed to or benefitted from the fundraising and work carried out by the Irish Cancer Society and…
Ryan will be meeting teenagers Liam and Paddy Doran, boxers and members of the travelling community, who are the stars of a major new fashion campaign for British menswear brand Kent & Curwen…
Plus music from Don McLean and Jake Carter.
Late Late Show is on RTE One at 9.35pm.
Previously: Who’s Your Paddy?
Liam Neeson during the Late Late Show‘s 50th Anniversary in 2012
On The Late Late Show...
Gareth Naughton writes:
Hollywood star Liam Neeson joins former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the line-up for this week’s Late Late Show.
The Ballymena-born Oscar-nominated actor will be in studio to chat about being one of the world’s biggest action stars as his new movie The Commuter lands in cinemas.
Presenter Maura Derrane, Snapchat star James Kavanagh [the artist formerly known to ‘sheet readers as Exchequer Street Boy] and ex Irish international footballer Stephen Hunt will be joining Ryan to chat about the things they’d like to bin as 2018 gets underway.
Viewers will also be meeting some of the brightest minds from the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition including the winner of this year’s competition.
Plus music from The Academic; and following his health scare after the Late Late Country Special a hale and hearty Charlie Landsborough returns to perform.
*empties Beretta 92FS into telly*
The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, tomorrow at 9.35pm.
Yesterday: Staying in Friday?
On The Late Late Show…
Gareth Naughton writes:
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will be interviewed live on The Late Late Show this Friday. A key public figure in the early days of Donald Trump’s White House, Spicer will be giving viewers the lowdown on what it was like to be part of one of the most controversial US presidencies in history…Spicer will also be chatting to Ryan about coming to Ireland to find his much-mentioned Irish roots.
The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, January 12at 9.35pm.
On the Late Late Show…
Gareth Naughton writes
Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas joins Ryan Tubridy to talk about her big plans for 2018…The Carlow native will chat about preparing for a new arrival with fiancé Padraig and planning their wedding…
Ryan will be meeting some of the daters hoping to find love on the brand new series of First Dates Ireland…
The Late Late will also be hosting a discussion on body positivity featuring a panel of women who have experienced intolerance and abuse because of their size but who are fighting back…
Broadcaster Valerie Cox will join Ryan to talk about the frightening experience of her husband’s recent health scare after he lapsed into a coma when he was struck down with herpes viral encephalitis…
Celebrity hairstylist Trudy Hayes was riding high until the recession struck just as her kidneys started failing her… but her time in hospital also inspired her new business – Raven, a beauty app that brings the salon to you, even if you are in hospital.
Viewers will meet Ailbhe and Izzy Keane who are transforming the country’s wheelchairs from medical devices into fashion statements with their innovative product ‘Izzy Wheels’.
Plus music from Patrick Feeney; and Hermitage Green.
*throws telly out with Christmas tree*
The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, at 9.35pm
Ibrahim Halawa after his arrival in Dublin Airport last week
“Ibrahim Halawa will appear on The Late Late Show on Friday night. He will be discussing his four years spent in an Egyptian jail awaiting trial, relating to a protest in Cairo, before his eventual acquittal on all charges; what it was like to finally be free to return to Ireland and what he intends on doing next.
“He joins Conor McGregor on the line-up for this week’s Late Late Show – the full line-up will be revealed tomorrow.”
Previously: Ibrahim Home
On The Late Late Show...
Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll leads the line-up on the Late Late this week as the show tackles everything from the state of the nation to the future of the Catholic Church.
Fresh from collecting his fifth All-Ireland medal, Dublin footballer Philly McMahon is in studio to chat about how life could have been very different for him
The state of the nation will be up for discussion with politician Fidelma Healy Eames, journalist Kitty Holland and columnist Terry Prone on the panel.
Ireland’s favourite wedding planner Franc (Peter Kelly) is back on our screens helping Irish brides to find their perfect gown in Say Yes To the Dress Ireland. He’ll be chatting about all things wedding related
Fr Joe McDonald author of controversial book titled Why The Irish Church Deserves to Die joins Ryan to tell viewers why he believes the Irish Church has failed Jesus and the Gospel.
The Late Late Show, RTÉ One at 9.35pm
Previously: Kate Fitzgerald on Broadsheet
On RTÉ’s Late Late Show.
British broadcaster Vanessa Feltz unwittingly found herself at the eye of a media storm this summer when columnist Kevin Myers singled her out in a now notorious column about BBC pay… she will tell viewers how it felt when she read that column and what it was like to be in the middle of the international outcry that followed.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova joins host Ryan Tubridy to chat about life after tennis…
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor will be chatting about his new movie Maze; playing icons like PJ Mara and Padraig Pearse; and filming a zombie horror in Croke Park; Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea will be in studio as their alter egos Bridget & Eamon put their marriage to the test in a special Mr and Mrs quiz.
Viewers will also get a sneak peek at some of the cherished objects vying to be declared a National Treasure… and there’ll be music from Hudson Taylor and Derek Ryan.
*eats telly licence*
Ryan Tubridy interviewing Stefanie Preissner, Michael Harding and Blindboy Boatclub, of The Rubberbandits, on the Late Late Show on January 6; from the BAI’s most recent report on complaint decisions
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced its most recent decisions concerning complaints from the public.
It reviewed and rejected 11 complaints it received about Blindboy Boatclub, of The Rubberbandits, referring to the eucharist as “haunted bread” and Stefanie Preissner saying how, as a child, the eucharist being described as body and blood conjured up images of cannibalism, on the Late Late Show in January.
In reference to one of the complaints, the BAI decided:
The Committee noted the discussion as a whole. In this respect, the comments that were deemed by the complainant to be offensive were articulated as part of a broad conversation on faith, which arose from the presenter asking the panellists about the manner in which they spent the Christmas period.
The first contributor, Mr. Michael Harding, outlined how he shied away from the traditional Christmas dinner and instead ate Indian food. He noted his fondness for Diwali, the Indian festival of lights and commented on the beauty of this festival.
The conversation turned to Mr. David Cambers of The Rubberbandits who detailed his Christmas celebrations in a surrealist manner that is the hallmark of the artistic/comedy act of which he is one member.
Finally, Ms. Stefanie Preissner spoke about her disillusionment with the commercial nature of Christmas festivities. The conversation then progressed to a discussion about the Catholic belief and practice, in terms of the decline of vocations and the rise and impact of secularisation on Irish life and faith, the issue of how young people have responded to a decline in traditional Catholic faith and practices and the question of where they can find spiritual ‘refuge’, if at all or indeed if even necessary.
It was at this point in the programme that one of the contributors also featured made reference to The Eucharist as ‘haunted bread’.
While not agreeing with the contention by the broadcaster that this panellist was speaking for his generation, the Committee considered it legitimate for a panellist to articulate their own personal views. In this instance, his views dealt with a religious tenet which rests on a belief in the real presence of Jesus Christ in The Eucharist, a belief which may be difficult to reconcile for those who hold other religious beliefs or or no religious belief and one which the panellist did not appear to hold.
At that point in the programme, the other contributors reflected on this topic. Ms. Preissner spoke about how, as a child, The Eucharist being described as the body and blood of Christ conjured up images of cannibalism.
Mr. Harding spoke about how, over time, the belief in Transubstantiation has for some become difficult to understand, either for those who may only value the empirical or those who value only their own perspective regardless of facts.
Mr. Harding also spoke about the value of belief once it is not a belief that is imposed on others. Learning that Mr. Harding was a former priest, Mr. Chambers apologised for any offence that his description of The Eucharist may have caused him.
The Committee did not agree with the view of the complainant that Ms. Preissner was equating The Eucharist with cannibalism as it was clear that she was describing her thoughts as a child.
Regarding the comments by Mr. Chambers, the Committee considered his comments an expression of his own views rather than a comment on the views of others and did not agree that they were intended to mock the faith of others.
Regarding the view of the complainant that a reference to the attendance at Christmas midnight mass of people who are ‘half-cut’ with drink as being offensive; the Committee considered this a humorous reference to what may, on occasion, have been the experience of some parishioners at Christmas.
Read the complaints and decisions in full here
Previously: Maligning The Host