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Let's be honest, there is nothing quite like the excitement that sweeps the nation in the build-up to the annual Late Late Toy Show.

A mixture of nostalgia, Christmas spirit and excess sugar means that the vast majority of us can barely wait for this year's episode to take place.

With fires to light, Christmas jumpers to don and wine bottles to uncork, the last thing we feel like doing is standing in the kitchen, agonising over what to cook in time for the show's opening credits.

Thankfully, we won't have to.

In honour of the wonderful event, Deliveroo will provide a special Toy Show Tuck Bag option on the app tonight to ensure everyone in your audience can tuck into something tasty while watching The Late Late Toy Show.

Joe Groves at Deliveroo said: “The special tuck bag will be full of delicious treats and surprises for all of the family to share from the comfort of their sofa."

"The nation likes to watch Ryan and the Toy Show in their favourite Xmas jumpers, or matching PJs and onesies, so we want to ensure everyone is comfy and stocked up for the night ahead.”

Since its launch in Dublin in 2015, Deliveroo has signed up over 500 restaurants across Ireland and created work for more than 800 riders in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast and Limerick.

To order your Toy Show Tuck Bag visit the Deliveroo app, you can download the Deliveroo app in the app store on an iPhone or Android device.

Ladies, what are you waiting for?



With just over a week to go until this year's Late Late Toy Showthere's no doubt that the festive season has officially descended in Ireland.

And much and all as think we can wait another eight days for the festive fun and frolics, the truth is, we can't.

It's as simple as that, ladies.

So, it's no surprise that we practically went into meltdown when we got a sneak peek of the show's promo, which is set to hit our screens tonight between EastEnders and Fair City.

This year’s trailer goes for a traditional Christmas feel taking inspiration from the classic children’s story The Nutcracker, and we're all about it.

Take a look here.




No matter how old you get or how far away you move, the Late Late Toy Show will forever have a place in your heart, right?

And if you're one of thousands who want in on the live action, it's time to bring your A-game as applications for the most sought after seats in Ireland are opening today!

As The Late Late Toy Show regional auditions kicked off at the Clayton Hotel in Cork this morning, host Ryan Tubridy launched the application process for tickets.

And if you think getting your hand on one will be a walk in the park, it's worth noting that 140,000 applications were processed for last year's extravaganza.

Commenting on the popularity of the Irish institution, Ryan said: “I cannot tell you how often I am asked about Toy Show tickets."

"It really is quite extraordinary how popular they are. I am asked about them everywhere I go and the worst part about it is that I have to disappoint which I hate to do! My best advice is to get those applications in good and early and keep your fingers crossed – this year it could be you.”

This week The Late Late Toy Show hits the road to audition performers throughout the country as they hope to make it into the cast of this year’s programme.

Over the course of three days, The Late Late Toy Show team will see hundreds of budding hopefuls, meeting the best of Ireland’s young singers, dancers, musicians and performers.

This year the regional auditions are hitting Cork, Galway and Mullingar with young performers from all over Ireland expected to take part. 

The auditions are invitation-only with auditionees drawn from thousands of applications received over the summer months.

During the tour, the Toy Show team will be looking for fun, talented performers to take part in some of the night’s big set pieces as well as toy demonstrators who have the potential to charm the nation while chatting to the biggest kid of them all, Ryan.

This year’s Late Late Toy Show airs on RTÉ One on Friday, December 1.

Oh and here's a quick word to the wise; applications for Toy Show tickets are processed separately to applications for tickets to the regular Late Late and each year the application process starts anew.

So, even if you have applied for Toy Show tickets before or are already in the running for seats at the main show, to be in with a chance to get tickets to this year’s Toy Show, you must apply separately here. Applications via social media or email will not be counted.

Tickets are issued in a random lottery and those lucky enough to secure a seat will be notified closer to broadcast.

May the odds be in your favour, ladies.

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now! 



The Late Late Toy Show was an absolute cracker this year, with over 1.4 million people tuning in to watch Ryan Tubridy demonstrate the year's most popular toys with some help from his little pals.

Tickets to the event are highly coveted, and international viewers in 102 countries outside of Ireland streamed the show.

This year saw Ryan don a multitude of jumper and an Baloo the bear suit that was oddly bountiful in the booty for the opening sequence. 

Some highlights had to include Edie Rose 's penchant for pizza making and Beibhinn's heart warming diabetes doll. 


There were also architectural endeavours, presidential letters from Áras an Uachtaráin and a medley of country tunes that wouldn't have been out of place at a Sunday session in any country.

The new behind the scenes video shows some sneak peeks of the performers warm ups, some backstage jitters, and, naturally, lots of beyond adorable kids.

The spine chilling rehearsal for the award meriting rendition of "Fix you" (who needs tickets for Croke Park) is featured, as well as plenty of bloopers.

However we never got an excuse for that specimen of a Christmas shirt, Ryan.



Your Snapshot Catch-Up show is here, full to the brim with entertainment goodness presented by the ever lovely, if not a bit kooky Niamh Geaney.

On Wired this week, where we round up all the telly goss, Niamh was joined in studio by TV crazy Conor Behan and Ciara O’Doherty where we talk Ed Sheeran PR stunts, give you the inside goss on a hit Irish reality TV show and take a look on what to watch this week.

Your weekly event guide The Line-Up has picked some stellar events not to be missed from an adult-only panto that’s as whacky as it sounds, comedy with Panti to artisan food in Tipperary. All that and much more!

Pic ’n’ Mix rounds up the hits and misses of the cinema this week from tense adventure thrillers and epic blockbusters to comedies.

On this week’s Spotlight Niamh Geaney catches up with the Hot Sprockets ahead of their headline gig in Vicar Street. Of the five piece, Wayne, Tim and Franky divulge their pert bottom secrets, film adventures and their connection to Lily Allen’s Dad.




TV3 did their best to bring us a taste of a second Toy Show this year with hosts Karen Koster and Brian McFadden.

With celeb guests such as Jedward, Bill Cullen and Glenda Gilson, they really pulled out all of the stops.

Republic of Telly bring us another cracker as they compare each Toy Show to find out which one was REALLY the best.

So will it be Ryan and his awkward jokes or Brian McFadden trying not to kill Jedward…?!

Let's find out in… The Battle of the Toy Shows!


On this week’s Wired Niamh Geaney is joined in study by TV Fanatics Conor Behan and Ciara O’Doherty. We look at the classic that is The Late Late Toy Show; just a PR stunt for Ed Sheeran? We take a look back at Connected with some inside goss dished out. Another week, another soul crushed in the X Factor (or 8 souls in this case). We look at why Andrea is falling behind and who is set to win. For this week’s pick of the week we’ve chosen an eye opening program involving Bressie which airs tomorrow night on RTE 2. All that and much more, check it out!

Join us back here tomorrow for The Line-Up, your weekly event guide.


What will you be watching this week then? Your Snapshot host Niamh Geaney sits down with two of Ireland’s biggest TV fanatics Conor Behan and Ciara O’Doherty to suss out what’s really worth watching this week, what the hell is going on with the X Factor, the battle of the Toy Show’s (where else would you get it?!) and delve into the life of the upper classes- no ham sandwiches to be seen there, well maybe crust-less one’s…

Join us back here tomorrow for our festive themed edition of The Line-Up, where we pick some of the best Christmas markets and festivities around to bookmark in your diary.


Miss out on any of our entertainment segments? Fear not, your catch-up is here!

This week on Wired we chatted topless men, supermodels and toys, as you do! The Line-Up saw Niamh Geaney looking at events like the Oxjam Takeover, Imagine Arts Festival and spooky encounters.  On Pic ’n’ Mix, your weekly movie guide, we told you what’s hot (and what’s most certainly not) in the box office from The Maze Runner to Annabelle. We finished off the week with a stellar interview with talented author Cecelia Ahern and how her husband helped her in her book-turned-movie deal Love, Rosie. Get watching!


The Late Late Toy Show is undoubtedly one of Irish television’s highlights of the year, so the news we’re about to share will no doubt be very welcome to you all!

There will not be just one, but TWO Christmas Toy Shows this year.

Yes, you are reading that correctly.

The fine folk at TV3 have noticed just how bonkers the nation goes for Ryan Tubridy in a Christmas jumper, and have decided to produce their own version of the beloved show this coming festive season.

A double dose of toy show madness? We are beyond excited!

Not many details about the project have been revealed so far, except that the show will run for 90 minutes and will be broadcast live from the RDS on Friday, Nov 21st.

And who are they lining up to rival Ryan? Well, all we know so far is that it’s a well-known celebrity face.

Hmm. We can’t wait to find out more!