WATCH: Ryan Tubridy reveals new format for this year's Late Late Toy Show
Published 22/08/2016 | 14:03
Everyone knows that the Christmas season officially starts when Ryan Tubridy pulls on a festive jumper for the Late Late Toy Show.
It's usually aired on the last Friday of November, just ahead of the Advent Calendars being snapped open and the decorations going up.
But this year, the annual, special-edition of the Late Late Show will be aired in December, for the first time in four years.
The show will get its annual run on Friday, December 2 - just slightly closer to Christmas - as Tubridy explained: "Christmas begins in December, not in November."
And that's not the only change producers have up their sleeves.
The host revealed to Independent.ie that they'll be taking the show on the road again in 2016, after last year's success.
"It made it less Dublin-centric and made it more democratic," he said.
The broadcaster is also gearing up for his return to the RTE chat show in September.
"We're counting down to the Late Late season, my eighth year at the helm.
"I've got my pencil cases and shoes all bought and ready to go."
Tubridy was speaking at the launch of RTE's new autumn schedule at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre today.
Some of the highlights include Acceptable Risk, a six-part thriller starring Elaine Cassidy and Resistance, a War of Independence drama from the makers of Rebellion, go into production in the coming months.
New to RTÉ this season are Striking Out, a four-part drama series starring Neil Morrissey and Amy Huberman; as well as Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, RTE2’s six-part darkly comic drama penned by TV newcomer Stefanie Preissner and starring up-and-coming talents Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan.
Viewers can also look forward to great Irish-based drama produced by the BBC in association with RTÉ including EastEnders spin-off drama Redwater starring Jessie Wallace, Shane Richie, Fionnula Flanagan and Maria Doyle Kennedy; and My Mother and Other Strangers starring Hattie Morahan, Owen McDonnell and Aaron Staton; as well as The Fall, starring Jamie Dornan and Gillian Anderson.
In terms of comedy, RTE will be welcoming The Tommy Tiernan Show, a six-part chatshow with a difference (Tommy has no idea who he’ll be interviewing before they appear on stage).
Country music lovers will be rewarded with The Nathan Carter Show, four-part music-entertainment show hosted by Ireland’s favourite country star.
And First Dates, the massively popular dating show returns with a supersized 12 episode series; alongisde Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip.