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Ross Noble inspecting the famous Tubridy books in an early episode of the chat show.

Tubridy Tonight was a television chat show broadcast in Irelandmarker on RTÉ One. The show was hosted by Ryan Tubridy and was broadcast live on Saturday nights after the RTÉ News and Weather. The show began broadcasting on 16 October 2004 for a ten-week run and was extended by a further thirteen shows until April 2005.

Tubridy Tonight had regular viewing figures of 450,000. However, the show also regularly fell victim to so-called "Saturday Night Syndrome", with The Late Late Show, broadcast on Friday nights on the same channel, frequently featuring supposedly better guests.

On 11 May 2009, it was announced that Tubridy Tonight would be scrapped at the end of its current run as Ryan Tubridy is to take over the hosting of The Late Late Show He said it had been "quite the odyssey".

Final guests

In the fifth and final season, guests included:


Tubridy Tonight was in RTÉ One's Saturday night slot from 2004 to 2009, having succeeded Kenny Live upon its demise in 1999. The show had an American-style feel about it with a house band, the Camembert Quartet, providing the theme music and introductory pieces befitting the guests. Similar to American chat shows Tubridy Tonight had no opening titles and borrows its informal bantering style from US entertainers such as David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. The studio was revamped for series five in 2008, with the addition of a staircase used by guests and a platform for the house band, although the library theme remained intact. The show followed a simple format. There were usually three interviewees as well as a musical guest. Tubridy may also have conducted a quiz or a game at his leisure with a member of the studio audience, an example being a game of charades based on the Academy Awards, and there also may have been a competition which, upon the show's imminent endage, consisted of a live call to a viewer who may or may not win a prize.


The Tubridy Tonight logo (2004–2008)
Tubridy Tonight is well-known for having conducted the last live television interview with model and socialite, Katy French only two weeks before her death in suspicious circumstances. The interview took place on 24 November 2007 during the fourth season of the chat show. In 2008, it featured a live fight between chefs Kevin Dundon and Dylan McGrath over their styles of cooking; the duo were on the show to promote Guerrilla Gourmet. On 1 March 2008, Tubridy Tonight saw the first Irish television interview with Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová following their Academy Award-winning show the previous month. Hansard's mother brought the award to display to the nation. In February 2009, the show was subject to a hate campaign on social networking site Facebook.


Series Dates
1 16 October 2004 - April 2005
2 2005 - 2006
3 23 September 2006 - 19 May 2007
4 22 September 2007 - 17 May 2008
5 27 September 2008 - 30 May 2009



Guests on the first two series' of the show included

Also appearing were:

Musical guests included

Some notable guests included:


As is standard with television chat shows, each week an artist is invited onto the show to perform a piece of music. A number of Irish bands have featured on the show, including:

Irish singers to have appeared on the show included:

Season three

International guests in season three included

Date Guests Game Artist Song Link
23 September 2006 Sophie Anderton, Ruth Gilligan, Michael Madsen & Mark Mahon, John Connolly Katie Melua "It's Only Pain"
30 September 2006 David Hasselhoff, Ken Doherty, Gerry Stembridge, John Connolly Duke Special "Last Night I Nearly Died "
7 October 2006 Jack Osbourne, Johnny Logan, Hector, John Connolly Deacon Blue "Real Gone Kid"
14 October 2006 Twiggy, Bernard Dunne, Clive James, Carol Drinkwater Luan Parle "Corporate Culture"
21 October 2006 Ainsley Harriott, Paul Gleeson & Tori Holmes, Paul Burrell, Frederick Forsyth Ray LaMontagne "Trouble"
28 October 2006 Martin Sheen & Fr Shay Cullen, Julie Walters, Keith Barry, Chris de Burgh Chris de Burgh "A Spaceman Came Travelling"
4 November 2006 Mario Rosenstock, John & Richard Bruton, Des Bishop Royseven "Happy Ever Afters"
11 November 2006 Brian Kerr, Colm Wilkinson, Amy Huberman & Leigh Arnold Lucie Silvas "Last Year"
18 November 2006 Diarmuid Gavin, Dave Fanning, Maeve Higgins 747s "Rainkiss"
25 November 2006 Dara O'Briain, Gail Porter, Brendan Grace Amy Winehouse "Rehab"
2 December 2006 Christy Moore, Risteárd Cooper & Gary Cooke, Patrick Kielty The Blizzards "Fantasy"
Christmas break
13 January 2007 Wendy Richard, Dr. Mark Hamilton, Lorraine Pilkington Director "Leave It to Me"
20 January 2007 Joshua Jackson, Jodie Kidd & Adi Roche, Pat Rabbitte
27 January 2007 n/a
3 February 2007 n/a
10 February 2007 n/a
17 February 2007 Bill O'Herlihy, Fionnula Flanagan, Monica Loughman The Waterboys "Everybody Takes a Tumble"
24 February 2007 Johnny Briggs, Stephen Roche, Cathy Kelly Idlewild "No Emotion"
3 March 2007 Trudie Styler, Ted & Ruby Walsh, Derek Acorah The Hedrons "Heatseeker"
10 March 2007 Louis Walsh, Cleo Rocos, Dáithí Ó Sé, Aoife Ní Thuraisc & Sinéad Ní Loideain, Coleen Nolan The Divine Comedy "A Lady of a Certain Age"
17 March 2007 Ray Houghton, Celia Holman-Lee, George Hook, Glen Hansard Glen Hansard "Say It to Me Now"
24 March 2007 Eddie O'Sullivan, Kathryn Thomas, Belinda Carlisle, Jeff Banks Belinda Carlisle "Avec le Temps"
31 March 2007 Carrie Crowley & Conor Mullen, Andy Summers, Jean Butler, Brian Harvey
7 April 2007 Pete Burns, Sonia O'Sullivan, Marian Keyes, Joe Duffy
14 April 2007 Joanna Lumley, John McGuire, Paulo Tuillo Brian McFadden "Like Only a Woman Can"
21 April 2007 n/a
28 April 2007 n/a
5 May 2007 Paul Williams, Hector Ó hEochagáin, Mick O'Dwyer Maria Doyle Kennedy "F'Ability"
12 May 2007 n/a
19 May 2007 Gerard Byrne, Peter Corry and Gavin O'Fearraigh, Brian Blessed, Pauline McLynn Paula Flynn "Let's Dance"

Season four

International guests in season four included:

Date Guests Game Artist Song Link
22 September 2007 Christian Slater, Sinéad Kelly, Neil Jordan Richard Hawley "Tonight the Streets Are Ours"
29 September 2007 Dara Ó Briain, Jennie Bond, Trevor Brennan The Saw Doctors "I Useta Lover"
6 October 2007 David Gest, Dan & Becs, Bibi Baskin Kate Nash "Foundations"
13 October 2007 Gemma Craven, Neil Delamere, Pattie Boyd, Marty Morrissey Fight Like Apes "Jake Summers"
20 October 2007 Nancy Dell'Olio, John Simpson, Maeve Higgins Cathy Davey "Reuben"
27 October 2007 Hector & Risteárd, Gino D'Acampo, Andrew Maxwell Newton Faulkner "I Need Something"
3 November 2007 Sophie Dahl, Esther Rantzen, Sean Kelly Sinéad O'Connor "Dark I Am Yet Lovely"
10 November 2007 Myleene Klass, Mario Rosenstock, Mary Kennedy, Frank McCourt Hard-Fi "Can't Get Along "
17 November 2007 Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Damian Clark & Andrew Stanley, Peter Jones The Rumble Strips "Girls and Boys in Love"
24 November 2007 Richard Corrigan, Katy French & Michael Healy-Rae, Jon Ronson The Hoosiers "Goodbye Mr A"
1 December 2007 Brendan O'Connor, Cecelia Ahern, Ardal O'Hanlon Fionn Regan "Be Good or Be Gone"
8 December 2007 Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Sorcha Furlong & Dave Duffy, David Kelly, Oliver Callan Shaggy "Bonafide Girl"
15 December 2007 Janice Dickinson, John Duddy, Phil Coulter, Paul Brady & Eleanor McEvoy, Packie Bonner, Andy Townsend & John Aldridge Shayne Ward "Melt the Snow"
Christmas break
5 January 2008 Barbara Windsor, Gerry Ryan, Sarah Delamare Hurding & Ivan Yates
12 January 2008 Duncan & Tania Stewart, Neil Strauss & Dáithí Ó Sé, Ray Mears Sons and Daughters "Gilt Complex"
19 January 2008 Patrick Kielty, Brian Dowling, Lucinda Creighton, Tioreasa Ferris & Lisa McDonald Tom Baxter "Better"
26 January 2008 Frank Vincent, Brendan O'Carroll, Dylan McGrath, Kevin Thornton & Kevin Dundon Adele "Chasing Pavements"
2 February 2008 Adele King & Chloë Agnew, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín, Derval O'Rourke and David Gillick, Kathryn Thomas
9 February 2008 Natalie Cassidy, Louis Walsh, Donal MacIntyre Los Campesinos! "Death to Los Campesinos!"
16 February 2008 Brendan Gleeson & Colin Farrell, Westlife, Bo Derek Westlife "Us Against the World"
23 February 2008 Dominic Purcell, Dustin, Ashley Jensen, The Carberrys Audience game Katie Melua "If the Lights Go Out"
1 March 2008 Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová, Martina Stanley & Tony O'Callaghan, Lisa Murtagh, Niamh O'Kane & Gráinne Fox Audience game Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova "Falling Slowly"
8 March 2008 Kathleen Turner, Martin Freeman, Jason Byrne Stranger Than Fiction
15 March 2008 Carol Vorderman, Arthur Matthews & Graham Linehan, Michelle Heaton We Are Scientists "After Hours"
22 March 2008 Deirdre O'Kane, Linda Lusardi, Liam Clancy Wax Lyrical Elbow "Grounds For Divorce"
29 March 2008
5 April 2008 Bernard Dunne, Oliver Callan, Katie Hopkins, Paul Young
12 April 2008 Sarah Brightman, Alan Carr, Tommy Tiernan Dark Room Notes "Love Like Nicotine"
19 April 2008 Marco Pierre White, Lucy Kennedy, Stephen Hunt Ham Sandwich "Keepsake"
26 April 2008 Patsy Palmer, Marty Whelan, Ross Hamilton, PJ Gallagher The Script "We Cry"
3 May 2008 Boyzone, Max Clifford, Mairead Farrell
10 May 2008 Geri Halliwell, Jennifer Maguire, Joe Elliott, Morgan Spurlock The National "Fake Empire"
17 May 2008 Dana, Dickie Rock and Maxi, Niall Quinn, Sophie Merry, Rosanna Davison Scouting For Girls "Heartbeat"

Season five

Date Guests Music Song Link
27 September 2008 Aidan and Marian Quinn, Don Baker, Oliver Callan Fujiya & Miyagi "Knickerbocker"
4 October 2008 Gráinne and Síle Seoige, Peaches Geldof, Craig Doyle, Anna Faris Sharleen Spiteri "Stop, I Don't Love You Anymore"
11 October 2008 Johnny Logan, Jackie Collins, Paddy Courtney, Claudine Palmer
18 October 2008 Francis and John Brennan, Michelle Heaton, Father Brian D'Arcy, Michael Fassbender Fall Out Boy "I Don't Care"
25 October 2008 Mike Murphy, Mary Black, Neven Maguire The Saturdays "Up"
1 November 2008 Loyd Grossman, Eoin Colfer, Seán Gallagher, Gavin Duffy & Sarah Newman Sugababes "Girls"
8 November 2008 Henry Healy (Barack Obama's ninth cousin), Richard Attenborough, Mario Rosenstock as Roy Keane, Zig and Zag, Dougray Scott Stereophonics
15 November 2008 (Gay Byrne),(Colm & Jim-Jim)
22 November 2008 John Slattery, Pádraig Harrington, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Jason Byrne Gabriella Cilmi "Sweet About Me"
29 November 2008 Dara O'Briain, Anthony Foley and Peter Stringer, Aiden Gillen
6 December 2008 Brendan Grace, Take That, Gok Wan Take That "Greatest Day"
13 December 2008 Hector Ó hEochagáin, Mary Robinson feat. Dustin the Turkey, John Spillane feat. Hector
20 December 2008 Brendan O'Carroll, Charlie Brooks, Amanda Byram, Neil Delamere The Script, Finbar Furey
31 December 2008
(New Year's Eve)
Leo Sayer, Kenny Egan and Katie Taylor, Dustin the Turkey, Liz O'Kane, Brendan O'Connor and George Hook Leo Sayer
10 January 2009 Tom Chambers, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli (Strictly Come Dancing), Mark Hamilton, Amanda Brunker, Duncan Bannatyne (Dragons' Den)
17 January 2009 Roger Moore, Michael English, Maura Derrane
24 January 2009 Alice O'Sullivan and Aoife Kelly (1st and 49th Roses of Tralee), The Naked Cowboy The Naked Cowboy
31 January 2009 William Shatner, La Toya Jackson, Cathy Kelly Lady GaGa "Just Dance"
7 February 2009 Petula Clark, David Coleman (Teens in the Wild), Mark Pollock Petula Clark
14 February 2009 No show due to Ryan Tubridy's hosting of the Irish Film and Television Awards
21 February 2009 Liam Neeson/James Nesbitt, George Hook/Brent Pope Bell X1
28 February 2009 Maura Tierney, Bernard Dunne/Kenny Egan/Katie Taylor The Blizzards
7 March 2009 Amy Huberman, Kevin Dundon, Dara Ó Cinnéide, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Paddy Courtney, George Karellas
14 March 2009 Ruby Walsh, David Attenborough, Franc Sandy Kelly
21 March 2009 Michael Sheen, George Lee, Mulkerrin Brothers and Daithí Ó Sé Fred "Good One"
28 March 2009 Bernard Dunne, Holly Willoughby, Brendan O'Carroll Brian Kennedy
4 April 2009 Pat Shortt, Paul Howard, Lorraine Keane
11 April 2009 Brian Kerr, Angie Best, Paul Williams
18 April 2009 Erin O'Connor and Ellis (The Model Agent), Chris de Burgh, Adam Brophy/ Sinéad Moriarty/ Dermot Whelan (panellists for discussion on parenthood)
25 April 2009 Paul Gascoigne, Richard Corrigan, Dolores O'Riordan
2 May 2009 Fern Britton, Stephen Fry, Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher Boyzone
9 May 2009 Derek Davis and Katherine Lynch (Celebrity Bainisteoir), Mario Rosenstock, Colm Meaney, Robson Green
16 May 2009 No show due to Eurovision Song Contest 2009
23 May 2009 Spandau Ballet, Adam Carroll, Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan Spandau Ballet "Gold"
30 May 2009 David Hasselhoff, Marian Keyes, Des Bishop, Dana Delaney

Christmas shows

Tubridy usually travels to another part of the country to host a special Christmas show every year.

Date Location
2006 Corkmarker
2007, 15 December Letterkennymarker
2008 Galwaymarker

Praise and competition

A poll found that, within five months of Tubridy Tonight going on air, 38 per cent of adults preferred Tubridy on television, compared with 40 per cent opting for his main rival, Pat Kenny. Tubridy Tonight and its host have also won praise from the former host of The Late Late Show, Gay Byrne. The show competes for guests with The Late Late Show. This has led to some criticism and ponderings as to why Tubridy is left with substandard "dull" guests that do not befit his talent. Some guests have opted to be interviewed by Tubridy instead of appearing on Kenny's Late Late Show. The competition between the two chat shows is analogous to similar competition in a previous decade between Byrne and Kenny.

Guest survey

A survey by The Times revealed that nearly one fifth of guests on RTÉ chat shows including Tubridy Tonight are RTÉ employees and associates. The survey did not include musical acts.


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