The Late Late Show finally returned to our screens after taking the summer off last Friday, and this week’s episode is just as jam-packed.
Months after the CervicalCheck scandal erupted in Ireland, Limerick woman Vicky Phelan will be on the show to chat about life since she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.
Vicky was diagnosed with cancer three years after she received incorrect smear test results in 2011.
Vicky was awarded €2.5 million against a US testing lab back in 2018 over the alleged misreading of her smear tests under the CervicalCheck programme.
Former Liverpool and England legend Michael Owen will also be on the show to talk about the goal that changed his life, why fame wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, and why he now feels he is living life in reverse.
Dermot Bannon and Diarmuid Gavin, Ireland’s latest double act, will also be on to talk about collaborating on Room to Improve, the rivalry between them, and why they are both big advocates for an outdoor dip in the nip.
Cork comedian Maeve Higgins will jet in from New York to chat about starring in her first movie, talking to ghosts and life stateside.
Meanwhile, music’s hottest property Dermot Kennedy will perform his massive hit ‘Outnumbered’, and the legendary Christy Dignam will also sing a classic, and chat with Ryan about his life and times.
Christy has been a national figure in Ireland for more than three decades. The Aslan front-man has survived abuse, addiction and cancer, and this week he tells us where he gets his unbreakable spirit from and why life is now better than ever.
As well as that, Ryan will have his hands on the most sought after piece of silverware in Ireland this weekend, the Sam Maguire Cup.
Ryan is in possession of gold dust, with two tickets up for grabs for a lucky audience member for Saturday’s All-Ireland Football final replay between Kerry and Dublin at Croke Park.
The Late Late Show returned with a bang last Friday for its 57th season, with over 1 million people tuning in over the course of the show, which began with an emotional tribute to the national services.
The programme averaged 545,000 viewers and a 49.1% share for the entire duration of the show, the highest season opening since 2016.
This week’s episode will also see the return of the iconic flying owl swooping across screens, and the original theme tune music from the era of the show’s original master, Gay Byrne.
Following on from a rousing rendition by the musicians of the national services last week, the signature tune is now back in situ along with Ireland’s most famous introduction, “To whom it concerns…”
The Late Late Show airs on Friday, September 13, at 9.35pm on RTÉ One.