Wednesday 13 December 2017

Millions to tune in for Tubs' 'Toy Show' wonderland

Ryan Tubridy plays Tug of War with Luke O'Connor (4) from Dulbin
Ryan Tubridy plays Tug of War with Luke O'Connor (4) from Dulbin
Ryan holds a lightsaber alongside Kaleb Kearney-O’Sullivan (5) from Kanturk, Co Cork
Megan Marney (10) from Monaghan as ‘Mrs Potts’

Jane O'Faherty

Millions of children of all ages will be crowding around televisions tonight for the most eagerly anticipated Christmas event in Ireland.

The 'Late Late Toy Show' returns to RTÉ One, with more than 500 gizmos and gadgets featuring in the long-awaited extravaganza.

This year's theme is 'Beauty and the Beast' and Ryan Tubridy will be donning several Christmas jumpers during the course of the show.

"I saw the rehearsal today and I was moved to tears," he said.

"I think tomorrow night is going to be about kids more than ever before."

The enthusiastic host said the week of rehearsals leading to tonight were intense, but added that he "forgets everything" once the show begins.

"When the cameras are rolling on any 'Toy Show', I forget the cameras are rolling. I stomp around that studio," he said.

"I literally become a peculiar looking child myself and I just roll with that and everything else disappears."

Jumpers

While the show did not send out calls for Christmas jumpers this year, Ryan said he had now received around 15 hand-knitted creations from members of the public for tonight's show.

Ryan also said he recently met the grandparents of John Joe Brennan, the young horologist who appeared on the 'Toy Show' a number of years ago. The 'Toy Show' favourite is now 14 years of age.

"He's still all about the clocks. Nothing has changed," he said.

"It was a joy, so I keep an eye on him."

While much of the festive fun remains strictly under wraps until after 9.30pm, producer Katherine Drohan said the team were "really excited about the acts coming on the show".

"It's crazy, but it's a well-oiled machine at this stage," she added.

Toys from this year's show are set to be donated to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Heart Children Ireland, LauraLynn, The Jack and Jill Foundation and Barretstown.

Irish Independent

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