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Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s son to appear on first Late Late

By Niamh Walsh – 22/08/2021

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The son of murdered French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier and Ireland’s Olympic heroes will be among the first guests on the new series of The Late Late Show, EVOKE can reveal.

Host Ryan Tubridy this week announced that the chat show will be ‘back with a bang’ when it returns to our screens on September 3, but he remained tight-lipped about his guests.

However, we can confirm the presenter is as good as his word, with a knock-out line-up in place for the first show of the season, which includes Ireland’s golden girl Kellie Harrington.

Furthermore, while Tubridy indicated he was optimistic about the return of a live audience, we can also reveal there will be 50 guests in The Late Late Show studio, which has a capacity of 200.

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Ryan Tubridy pictured as RTÉ hosted its New Season Launch. Pic: Andres Poveda

Our sources also reveal there is a concerted effort to deviate from last year’s emphasis on the pandemic and Covid-related matters.

Tubridy himself was in excited form this week at a virtual media launch of RTÉ’s autumn schedule from Montrose.

His upbeat mood may be partly down to the exciting mix of guests lined up for his first show. Pierre-Louis Baudey is poised to talk to Ryan about his mother Sophie Toscan du Plantier’s murder.

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Sophie Toscan du Plantier, a French film producer who was beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland. Pic: PA

Pierre-Louis, who lives in France but still visits his mother’s West Cork home, is expected to speak about the two high-profile Sky and Netflix documentaries that have sparked renewed national and international interest in one of Ireland’s most notorious unsolved crimes.

Tubridy will also be joined on the first show by Eileen O’Riordan, the mother of tragic Cranberries singer Dolores who died in London in January 2018. The show will also feature a musical tribute to Dolores, whose songs such as Zombie and Linger formed the soundtrack for a generation.

And hoping for a gold-standard show, Tubridy will be meeting and greeting Olympic hero Kellie Harrington and her family after her heroics in Tokyo captured the heart of the nation.

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Irish Olympic gold medal winner Kellie Harrington posing with her medal as she arrives home in Dublin. Pic: Sam Boal /

The line-up for the first show is conspicuous for its absence of politicians, scientists and medical professionals. Last year’s series was Covid heavy, featuring weekly interviews and debates with public health officials, doctors and experts about the public health emergency.

However, Tubridy this week denied suggestions the Late Late got ‘too serious’ throughout 2020, saying the show was merely reflecting the mood of the nation.

‘It never got too serious and simply reflected the time we were in. I wouldn’t ever say that,’ the broadcaster said.

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Ryan Tubridy pictured as RTÉ hosted its New Season Launch. Pic: Andres Poveda

‘But what I would say is that there is a huge appetite for reflecting where we are now. And I think we are now heading towards the “roaring Twenties”, so-called. And I think with that in mind people will want and expect more by way of entertainment.’

He added: ‘This is The Late Late Show reboot. We are back with a bang. We are optimistic. We are hopeful. We are positive. We are post-pandemic in so many ways.’

An RTÉ spokesperson declined to comment on The Late Late Show line-up when contacted by the MoS this weekend.

The spokesperson said there has been ‘a lot of speculation’ about the line-up, before adding: ‘All will be revealed in two weeks’ time.’

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