SEEN AND HEARD
We’ ve picked our favourite film and music of 2015. Now it’s over to you
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 (shocko.info, @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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.)
MUSIC, MOVIES THEATRE, ART, FESTIVALS, MARKETS & FAMILY EVENTS
Up and down: Nick Cave belts out some subterranean blues