The main stars of this week’s The Late Late Show are veteran popstars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy, who will join Ryan Tubridy on Friday to chat about teaming up to tour as ‘Boyzlife’.
The duo will discuss what made them decide to team up after all these years, and whether it’s paving the way for Ireland’s first boyband supergroup. Former Westlife singer Brian will also tell how he has been getting on since returning to this side of the world after his lengthy stint Down Under and we’ll hear what’s next for Corrie actor and Boyzone star Keith.
Next up, Love/Hate star John Connors will be on the show to discuss his personal journey that tackled the uncomfortable truths about racial stereotypes and traveller identity in today’s Ireland for his new documentary I Am Traveller.
He’ll be telling Ryan about his own family’s experiences of violence, addiction, discrimination and suicide and why he refuses to let the slur “knacker” have any power over him anymore.
Meanwhile, The Late Late Show segment that brought us ‘Chairgate’ is back this week. The Antiques segment was a fixture on the show’s schedule for many years and, with vintage very much in vogue and upcycling the trend of the moment, it’s been given a new lease of life.
16-year-old Eilis Barrett, who recently signed a multi-book deal with Gill & MacMillan, will also be a guest on Friday. As she prepares to launch her first novel ‘Oasis’, she’ll tell Ryan how a home-schooled teenager can land the dream job.
Back with a new album after an 11-year break, the man behind huge country hit ‘Past the Point of Rescue’, Mick Hanly will be on the couch to chat about the ups and downs of success including rebuilding his life after a struggle with alcoholism and how a chance meeting with an old friend prompted him to start recording again. He will also be giving us a song from ‘Homeland’, his comeback album.
Music will also come from The UCD Choral Scholars, who will perform their viral hit ‘Mo Ghille Mear (My Gallant Hero)’, while rapper Lynchy will be performing his new song ‘Spotlight’.
Tune in on Friday, on RTE One at 9.35pm.