Saturday 3 December 2016

TV3 teases Toy Show details as it prepares to go head-to-head with RTE

Eimear Rabbitt and Sasha Brady

Published 11/11/2016 | 15:16

Lucy Kennedy will present TV3's Toy Show alongside Dustin the Turkey
Lucy Kennedy will present TV3's Toy Show alongside Dustin the Turkey
RTÉ's The Late Late Show and Universal Music Ireland launch a brand new double-album including 21 unique performances from the show, to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul. Pictured at the launch is (back L-R)Christy Dignam and Billy McGuinness of Aslan, Dave McPhillips and Danny O'Reilly of The Coronas, (front L-R) John Sheahan of The Dubliners, Ryan Tubridy, Mary Black and Finbar Fury.

TV3 has released details of its version of the Toy Show as the station prepares to go head-to-head with RTE.

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Both stations will broadcast their child-friendly festive offerings on Friday, December 2.

However, TV3's will go out earlier than The Late Late Toy Show and will not air for as long as the RTE programme.

Lucy Kennedy and Dustin the Turkey will present the Ballymount version. Like the Late Late version, it will showcase some of the most wanted toys on Santa’s wish-list. Expect lots of fun, magic, surprises and some very special guests.

Brian Ormond and Maria Walsh pictured at Tv3's Studio in Ballymount, Pictures Brian McEvoy
Brian Ormond and Maria Walsh pictured at Tv3's Studio in Ballymount, Pictures Brian McEvoy

With just weeks to go until Christmas, TV3's special will be different in tone to previous years.

In 2013, TV3 rolled out its first toy show, The Christmas Toy Show, which aired on the same day as the Late Late special, but from 8-10pm. Last year's Toy Show on TV3 also took place in November, a week before the toy show on RTE, with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh (inset) and Brian Ormond presenting.

The previous year, former Westlife star Brian McFadden hosted the show, alongside Karen Koster, live from the RDS to an audience of more than one-million viewers.

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy said yesterday that he has already been fitted for his costume.

It will be the first time in the history of The Late Late Toy Show that the programme has not been broadcast in November.

"I can't dance that much because the costume doesn't lend itself to dancing - it is quite cumbersome," he told the Herald.

RTÉ's The Late Late Show and Universal Music Ireland launch a brand new double-album including 21 unique performances from the show, to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul. Pictured at the launch is (back L-R)Christy Dignam and Billy McGuinness of Aslan, Dave McPhillips and Danny O'Reilly of The Coronas, (front L-R) John Sheahan of The Dubliners, Ryan Tubridy, Mary Black and Finbar Fury.
RTÉ's The Late Late Show and Universal Music Ireland launch a brand new double-album including 21 unique performances from the show, to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul. Pictured at the launch is (back L-R)Christy Dignam and Billy McGuinness of Aslan, Dave McPhillips and Danny O'Reilly of The Coronas, (front L-R) John Sheahan of The Dubliners, Ryan Tubridy, Mary Black and Finbar Fury.

"So I will be shuffling rather than dancing.

"The preparations are going very well. The programme is based on both a book and a film," he added.

The Dublin presenter was on hand to launch the new charity CD as seen on The Late Late Show in RTE.

The double album features more than 40 music acts that have performed on RTE's flagship show over the past 10 years.

Some of the stars on the album are U2, Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Josh Groban, The Script and 5 Seconds of Summer.

It also includes Ed Sheeran's 'as Gaeilge' version of his hit song Thinking Out Loud.

All proceeds from the sales will go to the St Vincent de Paul.

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