The Fantastic Theme Of This Year's Toy Show Has Been Revealed

Only one more sleep until the biggest, most festive night of Irish television is on our screens once again!

If you can believe it, this will be our 12th year of Ryan Tubridy as the host of the festive Late Late Toy Show. Where do the years go, eh?

And after years of themes such as Frozen, The Nutcracker, and even Shrek, this year's one has knocked them all out of the park. It's famed children's author Roald Dahl.

Now, we all have at least one Roald Dahl book on our shelves somewhere in the house. From The Witches, Matilda, James And The Giant Peach, and of course Fantastic Mr Fox, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - it's a wonderful theme to have for 2020.

It's been a year when most of us would have picked up a book or two more than we usually would have, and maybe our younger family members might have even read a Roald Dahl book or two.

Speaking about this year's bookish theme, host Ryan Tubridy said: "This has been a year like no other, and therefore requires an opening like no other. The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl is one that understands children in a way that no one else ever has.

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"He knew that there could be a sadness to the world at times, but that there's also great love and mischief and fun to be found. All of those factors have been combined to bring what we hope is a joyful, beautiful, and wonderful opening like no other to this year's Late Late Toy Show. 

"This is the dream theme for a bookish person like me, I've been talking about my love of reading since I was a little boy.

"I love Fantastic Mr Fox and I'm rather enjoying being a fox for this opening because it's so different from what has gone before. What we have in store really captures The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl... everybody is welcome, it's going to be a night of nights in a year of years."

This year, the Late Late Toy Show will feature special guests in studio (at a social distance), as well as pre-recorded videos of families from around the world. There also won't be an audience in the studio, which will allow the set to become a complete Roald Dahl fantasy. We can't wait to see how it looks!

Ryan has also promised two musical numbers with himself throughout the show. As a warm-up for the main event, The Late Late Toy Show Singalong will air on RTÉ One at 7pm on Friday.

Be sure to allow the little ones to stay up a tiny bit later than usual this Friday night when the Toy Show kicks off on RTE One at 9.35 pm.

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