The longest running chat show in the world is coming to London next month.

Ryan Tubridy took over the Late Late Show in 2009.

“For the first time in the ten years I’ve been presenting The Late Late Show, we’re packing our bags and heading to London town. Why? We’re going there because we think it’s time to say ‘no matter what happens with Brexit, we’re always going to be friends, culturally, socially and every way imaginable.’ It’s going to be very big, very exciting and, of course, great fun.” – Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy

The Late Late Show will broadcast live from central London with a programme that will celebrate the historic ties between the Irish and their nearest neighbours and the contribution of Irish people to Britain.

And the show has been searching for hundreds of Irish people in Britain to be part of the audience on the night. The programme, which launched with Gay Byrne, has been a fixture of the RTÉ schedules since July 1962 – making it the longest running chat show on air with 56 years of broadcast history to date.

The past nine years have seen Ryan Tubridy in the host seat. UK viewers may recall the series from its spell being aired on Channel 4 in the UK although its more famous this side of the Irish sea for launching Boyzone in 1993 with a poorly-planned debut appearance which became memorable for all the wrong reasons and thus has been shown many times on clip shows.

Pat Kenny hosted The Late Late Show from 1999 to 2009.

The studio audience for the very special London edition of The Late Late Show will be the biggest since Ryan Tubridy began helming the show with up to 1,000 people expected to be there on the night. The last time the RTÉ programme was broadcast from London was way back in 1981.

The Late Late Show London Special will reflect the huge impact the Irish have had in Britain and explore the cultural, political, social and economic ties that bind the two islands even as Brexit looms. The stories of those Irish people who took the ferry or a flight to Britain to find success or otherwise will be part of the show.

Demand for tickets is high and will be allocated by lottery. Full details of how to apply are currently available at www.rte.ie/latelate As with all Late Late Shows, you must be over-18 to be part of the audience.

“We have plenty of tickets but they are limited so we want to make sure that the Irish in Britain get their chance to be part of it. If you are part of that community and have a story to tell, we want to hear from you. You might have gone across the Irish Sea to build the underground, or to work as a nurse, or maybe you went to visit friends, found love and never came home. Whatever it is, if you have a bit of Irish in you, you are welcome to join us on the night. It is as simple as that. Go to the website, tell us about yourself. We are celebrating all things Irish in Britain and we want you to be there with us.” – presenter Ryan Tubridy

The Late Late Show transmits from London on Friday, October 12th, on RTÉ One.

Gay Byrne is the best-remembered host of The Late Late Show, presenting it from 1962 through to 1999.
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