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This two part documentary charts the life and career of Ireland’s pre-eminent broadcaster, Gay Byrne.  It tells the tale of his early interest in radio, his enthusiasm for variety shows and his dedication to learning his craft from a young age. It follows his break into sponsored radio programmes, goes onto his stint with Granada Television and covers his influential helming of the Late Late Show on RTE television and the Gay Byrne Show on radio. Friends and family share their memories and thoughts on the man and his career and several commentators discuss the unique impact his work had on an emerging Ireland. Gay himself gives a rare interview looking back candidly over his life.

Broadcast on RTÉ 1 - 2005