Wednesday, October 10th 2012

On today's Mooney, with Aonghus McAnally,

We catch up with Westlife and Strictly star Nicky Byrne, Derek visits the set of Mrs. Brown's Boys and gets all the backstage gossip from Rory Cowan, Salvatore Genovese on the pepper so hot it comes with a health warning, Jaipur's Asheesh Dewan encourages Aonghus to go hotter as he tries peppers and curries on air, Julie Smith tells us why she started a hotel for hens called Fowlty Towers, and Colm Flynn on the background to Lipdubs, and why RTÉ has it's own one now!

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Nicky Byrne

Nicky Byrne, currently starring in 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Nicky Byrne, currently starring in 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Yesterday, we were talking about office gossip being good for your health! Our reporter Brenda Donohue went out and about to find out if the people she met liked to gossip - and amongst those she bumped into was Nicky Byrne! So she had a good gossip with Nicky about life after Westlife...

Derek Mooney With Mrs. Brown's Boys

I’m sure you all know how much Derek loves Mrs Brown's Boys – it’s one of his favourite comedys ever! He’s on his holiday’s at the moment, but as a treat he was invited onto the set during the filming of the new series. Filming is taking place in Glasgow, and Derek joins us from there today...

Super Naga Chilli Peppers!

If you are eating out this weekend at an Indian or Mexican restaurant, have a look around the place and see if you can spot the usual bunch of lads loading themselves with grub so they have plenty of soakage for the nights drinking ahead. Chances are, and keep an eye out for this, two or three of them are going to try and out-macho each other as to who can eat the hottest, spiciest thing on the menu. There is something about lads sharing a Mexican or Indian that always brings out a sort of adolescent competitive streak.

And if you like it so hot and spicy that it comes with a health warning, then Salvatore Genovese’s chilli peppers are for you! His Super Nagas are the hottest chilli peppers commercially produced in the UK, and comes with the warning "do not touch without gloves!" on the packaging! Consider yourself warned!

Salvatore with his Super Naga pepper
Salvatore with his Super Naga pepper

To talk about all things hot and spicy, we are joined on the line by Salvatore, is on the line from Blunham in Bedfordshire, and in studio is Asheesh Dewan, owner of the Jaipur restaurant group. For more information, you can visit www.lovemychillies.co.uk (Salvatore’s website with lots of information about chillies, recipes etc...), or you could visit one of the Jaipur restaurants, in Georges’ Street, Ongar Village, Dundrum, Malahide, Dalkey and Greystones.

Fowlty Towers - The Hotel For Chickens!

Fans of the legendary BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers will remember how the sign used to change at the start of each episode, to variants of the hotel name, such as "Fatty Owls", "Warty Towels" etc... One that we don't remember seeing was "Fowlty Towers". But believe it or not, that sign does exist – on a luxury hotel in Kent in the south of England. It's a hotel for, you guessed it, chickens! Proprietor Julie Smith joins Aonghus on the line... For more information, visit www.fowltytowers.co.uk.

Lipdub For Big Music Week!

What was the last ad you saw on TV, or online, that really sticks out in your mind? It’s hard to think of one isn’t it. Nowadays with so many highly produced, heavily edited and polished ads, it's becoming increasingly difficult to grab the public’s attention.

In the past if you wanted to get a message across it was simple – you took out an ad on a billboard or in the newspaper and that was that - “If you tell them, they will come!” - but nowadays it isn’t that easy... Enter viral marketing! This is when people use websites like YouTube & Facebook to be as creative and experimental as they wish in the hope of getting the audience’s attention.

Colm Flynn joins Aonghus in studio today yo talk about one such way of doing this, creating a LipDub video!

Next Monday, October 15th, sees the start of RTÉ's Big Music Week, Ireland's biggest, most varied, most accessible music festival! To celebrate and launch the event, a Libdub was filmed in the grounds of RTÉ - a spectacular, one-take video with groups and stars lip-syncing to Brewing Up A Storm - click below to be amazed!

Colm also chats about the Lipdub that was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan - click here to view that production, which featured 5,000 people!

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

Today's Podcasts

Nicky Byrne
Derek At Mrs. Brown's Boys
Super Naga Chilli Peppers
Fowlty Towers
Lipdub For RTÉ's Big Music Week!

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