Staying In Tomorrow?


The Late Late Show’s’ iconic owl’ returns tomorrow


On The Late Late Show

Jennifer O’Brien writes:

From the off this Friday night there’s a familiar face back at The Late Late Show, with the return of the iconic flying owl, swooping across screens, and the original theme tune music along with Ireland’s most famous introduction, “To whom it concerns…”

Also, when Limerick woman Vicky Phelan got the shocking news that she had just 12 months to live, she had no idea that the subsequent year would see her take on the Government and medical establishment and win. Vicky joins Ryan on Friday night to share the extraordinary story of her life….

Former Liverpool and England legend Michael Owen will join us to talk about the goal that changed his life…

Dermot Bannon and Diarmuid Gavin, Ireland’s latest double act, will be talking about collaborating on Room to Improve…

Cork comedian Maeve Higgins jets in from New York…

Music’s hottest property Dermot Kennedy performs his massive hit ‘Outnumbered’, and the legendary Christy Dignam will sing a classic, and also chat with Ryan about his life and times.

*aims shotgun at owl*

The Late Late Show at 9.35pm on RTÉ One

Pic: RTÉ

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26 thoughts on “Staying In Tomorrow?

    1. Cool_Hand_Lucan

      I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Late Late presenters off their nut on the Toy Show. I watched Padraic Flynn lamenting the cost of running two houses. All of these moments will be lost in the botched archive job like tears in the rain. Time to switch over.

        1. Archie

          “Have it now! Have it now!” Tubridy chanted demonically at the heavily pregnant lady on the toy show a couple of years ago.

  1. TheQ47

    What is it with RTÉ and Christy Dignam? I mean, I’m sure he’s a nice fella and all that, but why do they insist on trotting him out every year or two?
    Apart from “This is” from 31 years ago and “Crazy World” from 25 years ago, what is the fascination with him and Aslan?

    1. eoin

      They missed the cancer mmf slot last week, and they need catch up on lost ground this week. So, in addition to singing “Crazy World”, Christy will be giving us an update on his health.

  2. eoin

    Great, RTE “comedian” Maeve is on to promote her new independent film. Is she paying RTE for the platform, or are they paying her? Where does the fulcrum site on the balance of values?

    Nice that RTE have some presenters on for its own TV shows, Dermot and the other one. It’s a clever new tactic when you think about it, promote other shows for free, win-win for everyone.

    And brilliant that they’ve got the mmmf cancer slot back, and to make up for last week’s absence, they make it two for two and have Vicky P and, a rarity on Irish TV, that Christy Dignum lad.

    It’ll be nice to see the €495,000 sliver of urine at loss-making RTE make us cringe.

    RTE Late Late show, last week’s audience for the season premier was 441,000 which I think is a record low. It usually settles down at 350,000 except for the Toy Show. I can see it dipping below 300,000 this year.

    1. Spud

      Where’d ya get dem stats?
      The ‘reliable’ Irish Mirror says more than 1m tuned in and an average of 545,000 people watched the entirety, representing a 49.1% share – the highest season opener since 2016.

      Vicky and Michael both promoting new books and Maeve promoting a film.
      Do RTE (we) still pay guests to appear on the show, even when it’s to their own financial benefit anyway?

      1. eoin

        The 441,000 is the average viewership per TAM Ireland / Nielsen TAM, and along with TVR of 12.3 that’s what advertisers look at. It’s a standardised measure so you can reliably compare ratings.

        I’d guess the Mirror are getting figures from an RTE publicist or maybe even the sliver of urine himself, I don’t know. Either way, they’re not the standardised ratings.

        1. Spud

          RTE will be praying for bad weather and a hard brexit.
          We’ll be stuck in broke with nowhere to go and will probably flick it on…

  3. Joe cool

    Watch Tubridy go on the government sympathy line with vicky phelan. The fella will make it so obvious because he hasn’t a clue

  4. some old queen

    I would LOVE to see a design by Dermot Bannon refused permission by the Newry, Mourne and Down planning outfit- on camera.

  5. Emily Dickinson

    Primetime did a piece on public service broadcasting tonight. 40-50 people involved in producing the show, on salaries of up to a third of a mil.

    They spelled ‘finances’ with two As in one of the graphics.

    1. Andy Morrissey

      And how ironic that nobody from RTE was available for comment… ITS IN YOUR OWN BUILDING…. get someone!

    2. eoin

      They also had the chairman of TUSLA on. Did they ask him about their news yesterday, that TUSLA had been made aware of concerns at the Dublin creche a year before the broadcast of the RTE programme? They did not.Instead they asked Pat Rabbitte about the introduction of a household broadcast charge for RTE. Pat thought it was a brilliant idea. What Pat thinks about TUSLA apparently doing nothing about a valid complaint about a creche? Who knows, RTE Prime Time didn’t manage to get around to that.

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