With talks of Brexit, Trump and general gloomy news coming at us full force every day, we all need a breather. Something joyful; something we can watch with the kids, cosy in festive pyjamas or oversized 3D Christmas jumpers (#NeverTooEarly). And for this, 'The Late Late Toy Show' is uniquely special. It's a celebration of our Irishness, adorably cute attendees and a glimpse at toys we'd love the Man in Red to bring us, never mind the little ones.
But it mostly makes us feel good; it's a programme made with the intent of celebrating all that is still well in the world, at least, on our shores. From host Ryan Tubridy's stellar Christmas jumpers and genuine rapport with the kids (who are ridiculously talented and the rightful stars of the show) to the gleeful cheers when everyone in the audience gets something nice to take home, it wouldn't be Christmas without it.
Magic and memories
With just over a week to go until this year's extravaganza hits our screens, a small trailer has been released and this year, it takes us back to the nostalgic Toy Shoy days of yore – it's all about the memories and those we make with the ones we love.
As you'll see below, marshmallows, Christmas jumpers and popcorn angels are the order of the day, as one little boy and his family prepare to settle in to watch the show, and there's also a special appearance from Gabriel, The Late Late Show owl, named after the late Gay Byrne.
Also, this year, for the first time, RTÉ News Now will simulcast The Late Late Toy Show with Irish Sign Language.
The theme, as ever, will remain under lock and key until next Friday.
Watch the sneak peek below:
And for those that want another glimpse into how the magic happens, The Late Late Toy Show Unwrapped team will bring viewers on a trip down memory lane of Toy Shows past, with a sneaky behind-the-scenes look forward to what The Late Late Toy Show 2019 has in store.
Remember JohnJoe the horologist from Ryan's very first Toy Show? The team has tracked JohnJoe down to where he now resides, in Paris, studying law and still loving clocks.
The Late Late Toy Show Unwrapped airs Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th November on RTÉ One at 7pm.
The Late Late Toy Show airs on RTÉ One on Friday, November 29th at 9.35pm