Tubridy gets wish for Poppins-style Late Late Toy Show
THERE will be a "chim chim cher-ee" touch to the Late Late Toy Show on Friday night.
The Herald can exclusively reveal that what is expected to be the most-watched show on Irish TV will have a Mary Poppins theme, with host Ryan Tubridy as Dick Van Dyke (inset).
Late Late bosses are said to have green-lighted the homage as new Disney movie Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks, goes behind the scenes of the making of the iconic 1964 musical.
There's an Irish connection too, with Colin Farrell playing the father of Mary Poppins author PL Travers.
The movie charts negotiations between Travers (Emma Thompson) and Walt Disney (Hanks) to bring the book to the screen.
Tubridy is known to be a big Poppins fan and will open the show re-enacting the role made famous by Van Dyke as chimney sweep Bert.
"It's been a long, arduous, difficult campaign, but I got through and I think I've finally got the theme I wanted," he said.
"I've been been quietly campaigning for this for a couple of years, and now it has come to pass."
But making history by becoming the first singing and dancing Late Late host as a singing chimney sweep led to problems as Tubs rehearsed intricate moves with professional dancers.
"I'm not a dance fan, it's not something I'm very good at and it's not something I can excel at," he said.
"So I'll give it a whirl or twirl and see what happens. RTE may just say no. They may tell me to leave it because it's just too embarrassing for everyone."
However, RTE last night confirmed that the opening dance routine would go ahead.