The Late Late Show (season 48)

The 48th season of The Late Late Show, the world's longest-running[1][2][3][4][5] chat show, began on 3 September 2010. It airs on RTÉ One each Friday evening from 21:30. It is Ryan Tubridy's second series as host.[6] Viewing figures hit a 12-year high during the season.[7]

The season began with a notable interview with former British prime minister Tony Blair. The live interview occurred the night before a book signing at Eason's which attracted international attention when Blair was pelted with shoes and eggs and successfully evaded an attempted citizen's arrest on charges of war crimes.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Tony Blair interview

Former British prime minister Tony Blair was the first guest of the season. It was Blair's first live television interview since the publication of his memoirs, A Journey (Pat Kenny obtained the first radio interview for Today with Pat Kenny but this was broadcast after the TV interview).[14] Blair is believed to have taken this decision as he had hoped it would divert attention away from the more negative aspects of his foreign policy as UK prime minister, i.e. Afghanistan and Iraq.[15] Tubridy spent an entire week studying Blair in preparation for the interview,[14] and sought advice from Jon Snow of the UK's Channel 4 on which manner he ought to adopt in dealing with Blair.[15][16] Snow vowed that anything interesting obtained during the interview would be broadcast on Channel 4 News.[16] Blair wore a tie, though initially seemed reluctant to do so.[17] Blair arrived to the sounds of dozens of protesters who had gathered outside the TV studio.[15] 10 minutes were spent discussing Blair's role in the Northern Ireland peace process.[17] Then the conversation turned to Blair's part in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq.[17] Tubridy asked Blair if he was a war criminal; however, Blair denied his belief in such a thing.[17] He also denied having "blood on his hands" and looked generally quite annoyed at such questions.[15] Blair stated his lack of desire to take decisions "based on [the wants of] those that [sic] shout most".[15] He also stated that military action against Iran should not be ruled out.[18] Blair was later photographed hanging around with Jedward who were also guests on the show.[15][19]

Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea, who resigned as Minister for Defence in some controversy, announced during his appearance on the second show of the season that he would be standing for re-election.[20]

Rhys Ifans and Howard Marks

Rhys Ifans and Howard Marks appeared on The Late Late Show on 1 October 2010 to discuss Mr. Nice, the British independent film in which Ifans portrayed Marks. During the interview Ifans was playful with host Ryan Tubridy, at one point referring to him as a "dainty little bugger" in reference to his cross-legged manner. Netizens on to this day refer to Tubridy as "DLB" in tribute to this incident.[21]

The incident followed on from Ifans's playful request to buy Tubridy a drink. Tubridy said, "Uh absolutely" then tried to ask Ifans about his latest film. Ifans said, "It's called Neverland and uh, it's a prequel to Peter Pan. Yeah? OK? Are you familiar with that?" "I sure am" said Tubridy. Because you've got very Peter Panny feet" Ifans continued. Tubridy thanked him for the compliment then Ifans smiled and said "Dainty little bugger" to laughter from the studio audience.[22]

Ireland's Greatest

Main article: Ireland's Greatest

On the episode shown on 22 October 2010, the winner of the controversial poll was revealed to be John Hume. Historians noted the heavy emphasis on modern figures.[23]

The Late Late Toy Show

The season's edition of The Late Late Toy Show, broadcast on 26 November 2010, received a 72 per cent audience share and the highest number of viewers in 16 years.[24] 90 per cent of the target audience watched the show.[25]

Gordon Brown

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown blamed Irish banking system regulation failures for the country's economic crisis during an interview on the show on 10 December 2010.[26]

The Late Late Show Eurosong Special 2011

Five acts appeared on The Late Late Show in 2011, with one chosen to represent Ireland in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. Reported as one possible act in advance were Jedward.[27]

The five acts were named on 28 January 2011 as Don Mescall, Jedward, The Vard Sisters, Nikki Kavanagh and a then yet-to-be-named mystery act.[28] The mystery act was later named as BLING.[29] On 11 February 2011, Jedward were announced as the winning act with their song "Lipstick".

List of episodes

Date Guests Music/performances Notes
3 September 2010[30] Tony Blair; Jedward; Imelda May; Donncha O'Callaghan Jedward; Imelda May; trad musicians View
10 September 2010[31] The Script; Graeme McDowell The Script; Sharon Corr View
17 September 2010[32] Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh; Des Bishop; Barry Humphries View
24 September 2010[33] Tim Robbins; Katie Taylor; Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw The Rogues Gallery Band; Eliza Doolittle View
1 October 2010[34] Giovanni Trapattoni;[35][36] Howard Marks and Rhys Ifans; Shane Ross and Nick Webb O Emperor; John Spillane and Juliet Turner View
8 October 2010[37] Una Healy and Declan Nerney;[38] PJ Gallagher Una Healy and Declan Nerney; The High Kings; Republic of Loose[39] View
15 October 2010[40] Hector Ó hEochagáin; Singin' Bernie Walsh (Katherine Lynch) Chris de Burgh; The Baseballs View
22 October 2010[41] Nigella Lawson; Ruby Walsh; Gok Wan; Ronnie Wood; Ronnie Wood; The Wanted View
29 October 2010[42] Tom Jones; Michael Flatley; Andrea Corr Tom Jones View
5 November 2010[43] Michael Parkinson; Nadine Coyle; Juliette Binoche; Johnny Giles and football guests View
12 November 2010[44] Dawn French; Eamon Gilmore; Alan Quinlan; Jason Byrne Two Door Cinema Club; Cerys Matthews View
19 November 2010[45] Dara Ó Briain; Shayne Ward Shayne Ward; The Saw Doctors View
26 November 2010 The Late Late Toy Show View
3 December 2010[46] D'Unbelievables; Westlife View
10 December 2010[47] Take That; Gordon Brown; Daniel and Majella O'Donnell View
17 December 2010 Mary Byrne;[48] The Rubberbandits[49] View
24 December 2010[50] Christmas Eve: Robbie Keane; Dara Ó Briain; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Jimmy MacCarthy View
7 January 2011[51] Andrew Dennehy; Neil Jordan; Mikey Graham; Neil Delamere View
14 January 2011[52] Martin McGuinness; Kathryn Thomas and the five Operation Transformation leaders; Frank McNamara and Theresa Lowe View
21 January 2011[53] Pauline McLynn Clannad View
28 January 2011 View
4 February 2011[54] Maura Tierney and Ardal O'Hanlon; Fergal Keane; Alastair Campbell Mary Coughlan; Sugarland View
11 February 2011 Eurovision decision[28]


External links

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