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The Late Late Toy Show: Everything you need to know

A primary school choir from Northern Ireland will be among this year's performers

It's been a staple of Irish broadcaster RTE's festive programming for years, delighting children and adults alike - The Late Late Toy Show is not to be missed.

So if you have yet to experience the joys of the annual celebration of toys - here's everything you need to know.

What is it all about?

In a nutshell, The Late Late Toy Show is an opportunity for a group of lucky kids to test out the newest toys on offer in the run up to Christmas, as well as giving parents an idea of what Santa might deliver on Christmas Eve.

It's quite popular isn't it?

The Late Late Toy Show is broadcast by RTE and attracted 1.4 million viewers last year. It was also streamed by viewers from 102 countries across the world.

Who is the host of The Late Late Toy Show?

The current host of The Late Late Show - Ireland biggest chat show - is Ryan Tubridy. He took over presenting duties in 2009.

Is there a theme this year?

Following on from last year's Jungle Book theme, this year's theme will be The Little Mermaid.

You can expect Ryan to be in costume as Sebastian - excellent.

Who are the 'toy testers'?

After touring Ireland in search of the perfect toy testers, 28 boys and girls will have the amazing job of playing with the toys and telling Ryan what they really think.

The youngest of this year's toy testers is only four years old.

There will also be more than 200 children on stage throughout the programme, showcasing their many talents.

Derry's St Patrick's Primary School choir, made up of 35 pupils aged between nine and 11, will be included in this year's line up, as will a choir of 18 children from the Holy Family School for the Deaf in Dublin, who will perform their music through Irish Sign Language.

How can I watch The Late Late Toy Show?

The show will be broadcast live on Friday December 1 at 9.35pm on RTE One.

If you do not have RTE, fans can watch live via the RTE Player or later on-demand.

Will there be any surprise celebrity appearances?

We hope so!

In the past Ed Sheeran, Rory McIlroy, and Girls Aloud have all appeared on the show so hopefully another big name will share the stage with Ryan.

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