Monday 26 September 2016

#FlasbackFriday: 40 years of The Late Late Toy Show in pictures

Published 27/11/2015 | 13:45

Gay Byrne and Pan Collins, Late Late Toy Show
Gay Byrne and Pan Collins, Late Late Toy Show
Gay Byrne, Late Late Toy Show
Skipping world record attempt on 'Late Late' toy show (1982)
Gay Byrne and Monsignor James Horan (1983)
Staunton children perform on Late Late toy show (1986)
Gay Byrne and Mary O'Sullivan (1986)
Gay Byrne presents 'The Late Late' toy show (1987)
'The Late Late' toy show (1987)
Gay Byrne presents Late Late toy show (1989)
Billie Barry Kids on 'The Late Late Show' (1989)
Gay Byrne presents 'The Late Late' toy show (1989)
June Rodgers and Eileen Reid on 'Late Late' toy show (1995)
Gay Byrne and Dustin on 'Late Late' toy show (1996)
Gay Byrne on sleigh for 'Late Late' toy show (1996)
Gay Byrne with The Morbegs on 'Late Late' toy show (1996)
Liam Neeson and Gay Byrne on 'Late Late' toy show (1997)
Charlotte Church on 'Late Late' toy show (1998)
Keith Duffy and son Jordan on 'Late Late' toy show (1999)
'The Late Late' toy show (2000)
RTÉ broadcaster Pat Kenny and Dustin (2005)
Tubs in 2010
'The Late Late Show' toy show (2013)
Ryan Tubridy gets some assistance from Santa’s little helpers 2012
Ryan Tubridy with the performers on set of the Late Late toy Show 2013
Ryan Tubridy opens the 2014 show with a 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' medley
Ryan Tubridy enjoying the Late Late Toy Show last year
Ed Sheeran and Aimee on 2014 Late Late Toy Show

Tonight marks the 40th anniversary of the beloved Late Late Toy Show and to celebrate we've compiled a gallery of images from the 80s, 90s, noughties, and now.

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Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny and Ryan Tubridy have bravely hosted the annual celebration of childhood and wonder since 1975 and the format has hardly changed in the course of four decades.

It has given us some classic moments from Gay Byrne flinging a faulty fridge across the studio to Ryan Tubridy equally hilariously tackling various song and dance numbers to launch the show.

Gay may have had just one Christmas jumper but Tubs will be modelling at least three tonight, chosen from a batch of 15 he was sent by fervent knitters from across the country apparently.

Happy nostalgia wallowing!

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