Opinion Comment

Thursday 27 April 2017

Don't listen to the prudes - Valentine's 'Late, Late Show' was mildly saucy, not debauched smut

Linda Martin and Al Porter opening The Late Late Show Valentine's special Photo: Andres Poveda
Linda Martin and Al Porter opening The Late Late Show Valentine's special Photo: Andres Poveda

Lorraine Courtney

RTÉ promised us "the most debauched and depraved night" of Irish television and last Friday's 'The Late Late Show' brought in 568,400 viewers. It featured a studio audience of 200 singles who turned up dressed to the nines (or not in some unfortunate cases) ready to meet their new potential partner.

Some looked nervous, some stupidly confident, and most of them had had a couple of drinks too many beforehand. Ah Ireland, we are a nation of socially awkward eejits.

Cue moral panic and a zillion tweets about how the show was the most outrageous since the Bishop and the Nightie affair, brought out the absolute worst in Irish humanity and caused the end of love and intimacy (which would be quite a feat if it were the case).

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