It’s all the WIZ for this year’s Late Late Toy Show!

by Rose Barrett
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This year will see Ryan co present with Dorothy, Toto, Les Munchkins etc!

Have you the popcorn in, the pizzas on the ready? The Christmas PJs lined up???

Because tonight is the night – it’s the Late Late Toy Show! And it’s all go as the iconic RTÉ set is transformed into a winter wonderland of toys – with a themed Wizard of Oz.

The theme of this year’s Late Late Toy Show has been revealed as host Ryan Tubridy, Dorothy, Toto and a whole host of munchkins are off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz linked arm-in-arm for the most magical night on Irish television.

Ryan Tubridy is pictured with performers as This Year’s Toy Show Theme is revealed as THE WIZARD OF OZ. Picture Andres Poveda

Viewers will follow the yellow brick road tonight as The Late Late Toy Show does The Wizard of OzThe Late Late Toy Show excitement kicks off live on TikTok at 10:50am this morning!

“To whom it concerns, The Late Late Toy Show airs tonight Friday, November 25 at 9.35pm on RTÉ One and will be available to watch worldwide for free on RTÉ Player.

Somewhere over the rainbow escapism, love, courage, friendship and unity will feature as key undertones of this year’s themed show.

Ryan Tubridy states: “I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for the Toy Show given the previews I have had of it this week. Every age group, every generation, people will know from every walk of life where exactly we are going when we see the set up on Friday night.

Ryan Tubridy is pictured with performer Louis Hanna (5) from Artane as This Year’s Toy Show Theme is revealed as THE WIZARD OF OZ. Picture Andres Poveda

“I promised we will be going home. I promised we will be talking more about Christmas, I promised we will get back to basics and when people see that opening, people will know exactly what I am talking about. Now it is time to simply get the treats in, to get the crisps in and the spirit back in the house and prepare yourself for what I hope will be the greatest night of the year for boys and girls all over the country.

“Each and every one of them whether they are in hospital, at home or whether they are at their friend’s house. Wherever they are, this is for them, they deserve it. I look forward to everyone’s company immensely.”

This year’s Late Late Toy Show will see bluebirds fly as it boasts a huge cast with more than 200 young performers and talented toy testers from all over Ireland with the youngest little munchkin aged just four years old.

Ryan Tubridy is pictured with performers as This Year’s Toy Show Theme is revealed as THE WIZARD OF OZ. Picture Andres Poveda

In his 14th year at the helm of The Late Late Toy Show, Ryan’s opening sequence performance is fast becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated parts of the show “because, because, because, because… because of the wonderful things he does!”

There is no place like home with a jaw-dropping Emerald City/ yellow brick road-themed set which has been created by RTÉ production designers and the elves at the RTÉ Costume and Make-Up Departments have been busy compiling ruby slippers and clicking them three times over the past weeks as they ready the cast for Friday’s spectacular.

Dare to dream as Squishmallows, New LEGO Sets, Gabby’s Dollhouse, Play Doh Ice Cream Truck, DJ Beat Boxer, Jurassic Park Baby Blue are among some of the top toys this year. Where troubles melt like lemon drops this year’s Toy Show aims to provide some sustainable and cost-effective toy alternative options with 3D Model Croke Park and Arket, DluluKaloo wooden toys destined for display in the biggest storefront in the country.

Dreams really do come true, as there is truly something for everyone with whispers of Irish toys such as Quillows, CubeFun and Holotoyz that are sure to sweeten even the most wicked of witches.

As always, Ryan and The Late Late Toy Show good witches have a few surprises up their sleeves and all will be revealed as the show goes on. Wish upon a star where a list of the toys featured will be available on the show’s website www.rte.ie/lifestyle following the broadcast.

All toys featured on the night will be donated to Irish charities.

Ryan Tubridy is pictured with performer Louis Hanna (5) from Artane as This Year’s Toy Show Theme is revealed as THE WIZARD OF OZ. Picture Andres Poveda

RTÉ Player/ Stream Free Worldwide It has now become an annual family tradition to nestle around the television where the nation comes together to create new memories and have no worries as The Late Late Toy Show 2022 kicks off festive cheer tonight. Last year, our global audience tuned in from over 100 countries to watch the spectacle including Irish hot spots like London, New York, Boston, Dubai and Sydney. 

Wherever you are, you can stream for free on RTÉ Player at 9.35pm.

Joining Ryan will be Amanda Coogan, Jason Maguire and Ciara Grant with Irish Sign Language (ISL) on the RTÉ News channel and RTÉ Player. The Late Late Toy Show ISL will be available to stream shortly after the live broadcast.  

Audio Description (AD) will also be available for the repeat on Sunday at 3.15pm and on Monday night, and afterwards on RTÉ Player. A fully accessible version (with subtitles, ISL and AD) will be broadcast on Wednesday 30th November, which will also be available to stream, and Audio Description for Blind and Vision Impaired audiences on the Sunday repeat. AD version will be available on RTÉ Player after the programme airs on television. 

The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal 

The RTÉ Toy Show Appeal is back for its third year, which last year ultimately raised a staggering €6.8m and provided support to over 160 children’s charities. With at least one project in every county in Ireland receiving funds, it is estimated that the monies raised helped over 1.1m children and family members in 2022.  

Donations can be made via www.rte.ie/toyshowappeal and by the Revolut app.

The Late Late Toy Show excitement kicks off live on TikTok at 10:50am this morning!

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