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Saturday 3 December 2016

Late Late Show band booked to play couple's wedding and first show of new season

Ryan Tubridy
Ryan Tubridy

The producers of The Late Late Show had to face the music after a happy couple's wedding band was accidentally double-booked to perform on the Friday night chat show.

Executive producer Larry Masterson received a phone call from an Irish couple who were alarmed to discover their wedding band had been double-booked on their big day.

"We booked the Swing Cats to perform on the first episode of the series and then found out they were double-booked to play a wedding," Mr Masterson told the Herald.

"We got a call from the bride and groom-to-be asking for our help."

Keen to help out, the producers agreed to film the band in advance of tonight's programme, allowing the bride and groom to dance the night away.

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy said he was determined to make sure the band got to the church on time.

"We didn't know they were double-booked to play a wedding," he said. "But when we found out we moved heaven and earth to ensure they got to the church on time."

It is believed the Late Late Show crew is sending Marty Morrissey to gatecrash the Wexford wedding this evening as part of the live broadcast.

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The 54th season of RTE's juggernaut show will return to our screens tonight with former racing car boss Max Mosley as a guest.

Earlier this year, Mr Mosley reached an out-of-court settlement with Google following an ongoing legal battle with the internet giant to enforce them to remove online images of him with prostitutes.

Speaking to the RTE Guide this week, Tubridy admitted he could still improve his hosting skills on the Late Late Show.

"I love doing it. I'm all right at it, but I could be better. I know there are limits to my abilities and it's about trying to be better," he said.

Ray D'Arcy will launch his Saturday night chat show later this month.

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