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RTÉ Ra­dio re­cently an­nounced a se­ries of com­mis­sions for 2016, and has in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions from in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies. En­tirely co­in­ci­den­tally, writer and DJ Sea­mas O’Reilly (, @shock­proof­beats) de­vised a few new pod­cast ideas on his Face­book page, with a lit­tle help from his friends. Here’s the best of what they came up with. Come on RTÉ: if

Has­sle David­off isn’t a good use of tax­pay­ers’ money, we don’t know what is.

DUSTIN FOR PRINCE Dustin Hoff­man takes us on a weekly two-hour ram­ble through both the mu­sic of His Pur­ple Bad­ness and break­throughs in crim­i­nal foren­sics. POLY­MERS WITH OLLY MURS Spade-faced-grin owner Olly Murs holds court on any­thing worth know­ing about macro­molec­u­lar struc­tures con­sist­ing of re­peat­ing sub­units, as well as what­ever else is go­ing on in his life. Things get loose! This week: Poly­eth­yl­ene, and Olly has an amus­ing story about get­ting a new boiler. THE UN­BEAR­ABLE LIGHT­NESS OF BE­HAN Friends and fam­ily mount a se­ries of in­ter­ven­tions with the late poet, ra­con­teur, republi- can and fad-diet ad­dict Bren­dan Be­han, at­tempt­ing to dis­suade him from which­ever

Cosmo- ap­proved eat­ing reg­i­men is making his weight plum­met this week. Ep 42: “Se­ri­ously Bren­dan, co­conut oil isn’t enough.”

Sea­mas O’Reilly

HAS­SLE DAVID­OFF Re­al­ity se­ries that fol­lows su­per­star David Has­sel­hoff as he jour­neys across Europe in amus­ing and em­bar­rass­ingly fu­tile at­tempts to find em­ploy­ment with Swiss ci­gar mega­cor­po­ra­tion David­off.

RAMELTON, JOHN El­ton John makes an emo­tional and fruit­less trip in search of his an­ces­tral fam­ily ties to Ramelton, where he ul­ti­mately duets with Kenny Rogers, who just hap­pened to be in Let­terkenny

for the ex­act same rea­son. I’M LOV­ING AN­GLES IN­STEAD An ex­ploratory look at the ex­cit­ing world of ge­om­e­try. Hosted by cheeky jowled pop chub­ster and keen math­e­ma­ti­cian Rob­bie Wil­liams.

Chris McConaghy

THROUGH THE K-HOLE Loyd Gross­man cri­tiques him­self in re­runs of the clas­sic Bri­tish TV show while in­creas­ing amounts of psy­choac­tive sub­stances are se­cretly ad­min­is­tered through jar af­ter jar of his sig­na­ture sauces.

Dave Darcy

CUT TO THE CORR Gen­eral news show, but af­ter ev­ery story we cut to Jim Corr to find out what’s really go­ing on.

NICK CAVE’S CAVE NICKS Nick Cave talks us through the aes­thetic qual­i­ties of var­i­ous sta­lag­mites and sta­lac­tites he has stolen over a life­time of cave vis­its.

Dee Ní Mhuirí

THE CRYS­TAL MAYS Queen guitarist meets mem­bers of the pub­lic to an­a­lyse and value their heir­loom jew­ellery stones on his weekly trav­els through mid­dle Eng­land, cul­mi­nat­ing with a per­for­mance of his hit We

Will Rock You for most valu­able brought along.

Mick T-woc

AL GORE RHYTHM For­mer US vice-pres­i­dent and teller of in­con­ve­nient truths, Al Gore hosts a weekly show in which sea­soned drum­mers and com­puter pro­gram­mers com­bine their skills to find a so­lu­tion to cli­mate change.

Avril Casey

PUTIN ON THE RITZ Vladimir Putin brings us through a colour­ful look at fam­ily favourite posh snack, Ritz crack­ers. He’ll share some of his favourite top­pings, in­clud­ing naughty naughty Nutella and ba­nana.

Lisa Richards

WOLF IN CHEAP CLOTH­ING Michael Van Wijk, Wolf from TV’s Glad­i­a­tors, talks us through his wardrobe of char­ity shop and eBay bar­gain fash­ion finds. COF­FEE AND NAANS WITH KOFI AN­NAN For­mer UN sec­re­tary gen­eral Kofi An­nan talks about his twin pas­sions, cof­fee and tan­doori bread. (Con­tro­ver­sially, he prefers a paratha.)

Dara O’Reilly


Up and down: Nick Cave belts out some sub­ter­ranean blues

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