The Late Late Show has launched a search for audience members to attend a live broadcast of the show from London on Friday, October 12th.

It will be the first time in 40 years that the show has been taken out of the studio in Montrose and it will celebrate the historic ties between the Irish and our nearest neighbours as well as the contribution of Irish people to life in Britain down the years.

With Brexit less than six months after the show is broadcast, it will be an important statement for many on the impact this is likely to have on day to day lives and commerce.

The show is specifically looking for hundreds of Irish people living in Britain to be part of the audience on the night with applications for tickets now open at The Late Late Show’s website www.rte.ie/latelate

The studio audience will be the biggest since Ryan Tubridy began hosting the show ten years ago with up to 1,000 people expected to be there on the night.

“For the first time in the ten years I’ve been presenting The Late Late Show, we’re packing our bags and heading to London town,” said Tubridy today.

“We’re going there because we think it’s time to say ‘no matter what happens with Brexit, we’re always going to be friends, culturally, socially and every way imaginable.’ It’s going to be very big, very exciting and, of course, great fun.”

The Late Late Show London Special will explore the cultural, political, social and economic ties that bind the two islands even as Brexit looms.

The stories of those Irish people who took the ferry or a flight to Britain to find success or otherwise will be part of the show.

“We have plenty of tickets but they are limited so we want to make sure that the Irish in Britain get their chance to be part of it.”

“If you are part of that community and have a story to tell, we want to hear from you. You might have gone across the Irish Sea to build the underground, or to work as a nurse, or maybe you went to visit friends, found love and never came home. Whatever it is, if you have a bit of Irish in you, you are welcome to join us on the night.”

Demand for tickets is expected to be high and will be allocated by lottery.

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