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TV3 is going to take on the Toy Show

TV3 have Alan Hughes, a “child friendly” time slot and even a stage school. It’s on. It’s so on.

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CHRISTMAS IS MEANT to be a time for peace and love.

And toys.

To that end, a well-established Irish tradition is the Late Late Toy Show. Most Irish people of a certain age have memories of staying up late, writing lists and being envious of everyone in the audience.

Now, TV3 are looking to shake that up by hosting their own show – on the same night as RTÉ’s version.

The station will land their show at Tattersalls Winter Wonderland on 29 November, but will begin broadcasting at 8pm, what they are calling a “more child friendly” time slot.

Alan Hughes will host the show, having become associated in recent years with Christmas pantos.

It is not just the shows that are going head to head. The entertainment is squaring off.

Whereas the Billie Barry Stage School has become synonymous with the Toy Show, the Richie Hayes Stage School is set to keep TV3 viewers entertained.

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