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Record ratings for 40th 'Late Late Toy Show'

Published 01/12/2015 | 07:00

Ryan Tubridy pictured during the opening of the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show
Ryan Tubridy pictured during the opening of the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show

Festive institution 'The Late Late Toy Show', which first aired in 1975, is RTÉ's most watched programme of 2015, pulling in an average of 1.36 million viewers tuning in.

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The theme of this year's all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza was 'Beauty and the Beast', with Ryan Tubridy taking on the role of singing candelabra Lumière.

The 2015 programme proved more popular than last year's Toy Show, which was watched by an average of 1.357 million people.

Tubridy said "stellar children" and "Trojan teamwork" were the secret to the show's success.

Magic

"After the success of last year, I really didn't think it could be bettered," he said.

"As we got closer to the day, I felt the weight of great expectation but a combination of stellar children, Trojan teamwork behind the scenes and some magic in the air helped make it a great night for everyone."

A total of 285 children took part in the live show, acting as toy testers or performers.

It now looks like the Toy Show will be RTÉ's most watched programme of 2015, unless 'Mrs Brown's Christmas Specials' prove more popular.

Irish Independent

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