Wednesday 24 July 2019

Winter is coming to Late Late Toy Show, all thanks to Game of Thrones

Ryan Tubridy with children from St Margaret's School Choir, Dublin at the launch of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal at their HQ in Sean McDermot St.
Ryan Tubridy with children from St Margaret's School Choir, Dublin at the launch of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal at their HQ in Sean McDermot St.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The Late Late Toy Show team has enlisted the Game Of Thrones special effects unit to help create a winter wonderland.

Broadcaster Ryan Tubridy spent three hours in a makeshift snow globe this week filming an ad for the festive special.

"We hired the guys that did the Game Of Thrones snow," he said. "So this is high-end snow."

Tubridy takes on the role of the Nutcracker in the ad, but remained vague about the theme of this year's show, though he said it "might well be" Disney inspired.

The broadcaster will scale back the dance routines this year.

"I'm not a great dancer. I put my ear to the door waiting for the call from the Dancing With The Stars people to come and it didn't come," he said.

Ryan Tubridy with children from St Margaret's School Choir, Dublin at the launch of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal at their HQ in Sean McDermot St.
Ryan Tubridy with children from St Margaret's School Choir, Dublin at the launch of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal at their HQ in Sean McDermot St.

He added that "what we lose in the dance moves we'll make up for in the costume", with form-fitting trousers that are "quite Las Vegas".

"There will be Christmas shirts and jumpers and I have to wear a particular pair of trousers that are very rock and roll. I put them on and it was like 'Woah!' They're quite Vegas."

The presenter was speaking at the launch of St Vincent de Paul's Annual Appeal. This year, the SVP expects 50,000 families to seek its help over the winter months.

The society is seeking donations to help families in need.

Tubridy said the launch of the drive this year had particular resonance to him, given the large number of children facing homelessness.

"This year is the most important year to be here because there are over 3,000 children homeless and that makes me angry and sick," he said.

"Somebody somewhere needs to do something. I'm not a politician but I am a little voice as the 'Toy Man' and I have to have their back.

"All the children watching the Toy Show need to know that they are not forgotten."

The SVP is expecting more than 125,000 people to phone its helpline. National president Kieran Stafford said the charity had not seen any real change in poverty levels.

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