The Late Late Toy Show opened with a not so quiet bang - and a Roald Dahl inspired opening number.
Dressed as the Fantastic Mr Fox, Ryan Tubridy told the watching audience at home that “a little magic can take you a long way” as the host performed ‘It's Oh So Quiet’.
With the virtual audience safely at home in their sitting rooms, it meant the Roald Dahl themed set could be expanded and it was complete with Willy Wonka’s factory gates and a Matilda inspired library.
Fantastic Mr Tubridy said the 2020 Toy Show will be all about home, in a year so many people can’t be home and at a time when children are missing their loved ones.
“Nearly every child who applied to be on the Toy Show acknowledged [Covid-19] in their applications because they’re missing their grannies and they’re missing their grandads," he said before the show.
“This is a show for children and grandparents as much as for parents because too many people have spent time looking through windows and meeting relatives through windows.
"This Toy Show is about coming home.”
The Toy Show is on RTÉ One and is free to watch anywhere in the world on the RTÉ Player.
The RTÉ Player and the RTÉ News channel will simultaneously broadcast live in Irish Sign Language with interpreters Amanda Coogan and Aisling Dragoi signing the live show from RTÉ Studio 6.