07 Oct 2022

Line of Duty star leads this week's RTE Late Late Show line-up

Actor Adrian Dunbar and Kerry football legend Pat Spillane lead a Late Late Show line-up that also includes editor Samantha Barry and presenter Laura Whitmore, with music from Gavin James.

With a lead role as Superintendent Ted Hastings in one of the most applauded TV shows of the last decade, Line of Duty star Adrian Dunbar joins host Ryan Tubridy to look back on his illustrious career and to reflect on what it was like growing up in Northern Ireland.

In 2017, an action plan to positively develop rural Ireland was launched, with former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane appointed to work with local communities and relay concerns back to the government. Two years on, Pat joins Ryan to discuss if enough is being done to save rural Ireland.

Editor-in-chief of US Glamour Samantha Barry and TV presenter Laura Whitmore have gained international notoriety through their work in the media industry, and have remained firm friends throughout. Samantha and Laura will join Ryan to chat about everything from their beginnings in Ballincollig and Bray to why it’s so important to them that women support each other.

Offaly-based Fr Sean Hyland had a successful career as an electrical engineer, but after the deaths of his two children Seana and Ciaran, and then the death of his wife Liz, the Portarlington native decided to become a priest in his 60s. Similarly, Niall McDonagh’s journey to find faith came about following a string of family tragedies, when the death of his brother, father and cousin left him bereft. Fr Sean and Niall join Ryan to chat about grief and why they turned to religion to cope.

Dessie Fitzgerald was a talented hurler living an ordinary, happy life when a spate of life-changing events in one year led him to hit rock bottom. Dessie joins Ryan to discuss how he lost two brothers and suffered a spinal cord injury during a hurling semi-final; and why he’s now committed to moving forward and embracing every second of life.

World Naked Bike Ride is an annual, worldwide event that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists on the roads, with full or partial nudity encouraged and participants urged to “bare as you dare". To celebrate the event in Cork on the 8th of June, we’ll have 16 cyclists in their birthday suits riding through the Late Late Show studio.

Music will be from Gavin James and Cork band True Tides.

Only on The Late Late Show, RTÉ One, Friday, April 19 at 9.35pm. 

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