There are certain accepted hallmarks that typify each of the four seasons. For spring we look to regrowth; to the budding flowers, to small furry creatures emerging from burrows, blinking in the crisp light. For winter, we imagine sheets of thick frost; robins nervously picking at unseen morsels on the bare ground. Autumn conjures images of low, murky skies; of scarves and rich orange colours as footpaths become blanketed in damp leaves. Summer - summer, traditionally hinted at vibrant blue skies and hazy, warm rolling fields. However, I would like you to mentally select every trope you had in relation to summer and I would like you to move to that to your mental shredder and destroy it all. For, over the past couple of years, summer has taken on a new hue, summer is now defined by the annual festival of perma-tanned degradation that is Love Island.
Given that the show has cemented itself as a cornerstone of our calendar year, it comes as no surprise to hear that the producers of The Late Late Show are clamouring to book the now feted Irish contestants. With The Late Late Show's new season beginning this Friday, they've been able to capitalise on this mild increase in intrigue to book the winners of the show, Greg O'Shea and Amber Gill. In addition to the series' winners, the arguable star of this summer's series, Longford's Maura Higgins will make an appearance.
Hopefully that interest in this summer's Love Island wanes before too long so that the producers aren't forced to start booking some of the lower tier members from the past season. I think it would be best for all concerned that we're spared the prospect of Ryan Tubridy trying to plumb some conversational insight out of George - everybody's favourite modern impersonator of a 1970s East German discus thrower. We can only imagine such an interview would contain some 3 minutes of George simply listing his favourite biscuits, before they descend into silence and Ryan Tubridy signals that they'll need to go to an ad break for the next 15 minutes.
The other guests that will appear on this Friday's show are absolute barn-stormers too. Completing the line-up are comedian Aisling Bea and Sinead O'Connor.