Friday 21 July 2017

Hundreds get in touch to give 'negative feedback' after RTÉ's Valentine's Day special

A real dead ringer for love - Linda Martin and Al Porter opening The Late Late Show Valentine's Special. Picture Andres Poveda
A real dead ringer for love - Linda Martin and Al Porter opening The Late Late Show Valentine's Special. Picture Andres Poveda

Kirsty Blake Knoxand Melanie Finn

They promised the “most debauched and depraved” night of Irish television, and it looks like the producers of The Late Late Show’s Valentine’s Day special certainly delivered.

The programme has received 176 calls and 120 emails “offering negative feedback about the programme”.

The national broadcaster has also received 10 formal complaints. In a statement a spokesperson said; “RTÉ will respond to these complaints within 20 days, in keeping with RTÉ Complaints procedure established under the Broadcasting Act 2009.”

Despite the complaints the show proved compulsive with an average of 568,400 viewers tuning in.

Host Ryan Tubridy acted as “the nation’s wing man” and aimed to set up some of the 200 singletons in the audience.

“They are single and salivating,” he told viewers at home.

The programme was filled with stand out moments; it began with Linda Martin performing 1981’s Dead Ringer for Love with Today FM host Al Porter, there was a Blind Date segment with loads of innuendo laden Q&As, and a shift cam encouraging people to pucker up.

Last year’s break out star Deano returned to inform everyone that he had “got the ride” (we can all rest easy), Tubridy handed out hampers of lubricant and condoms and Dickie Rock sang ‘That’s Amore’.  

Given the boisterous nature of some members of the audience, many on social media had speculated if any alcohol had been consumed prior to the programme.

When asked about this, as spokesperson told iIndependent.ie "As is customary with every edition of the Late Late Show, audience members are offered a small amount of complimentary refreshments, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, before the show. 

"The standard amount of refreshments was made available to the audience on Friday night’s programme." 

He added: "The audience was hyped up on love only and it made for a really fun show."

 

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